City of Kearney, MO

In the August 4, 2015, election, nearly two thirds of Kearney voted for passage of a Smoke-free Ordinance in Kearney.  The Board of Alderman passed the Ordinance on August 31, 2015, which bars smoking in all places of employment and indoor public events, to become effective October 1st, 2015.  This webpage is designed to assist both residents and business owners with information and resources to assist in keeping Kearney "smoke-free."

What does this Ordinance mean?

Simply put, it means that smoking in any enclosed place of employment within Kearney is illegal. This includes libraries, schools, bars, restaurants, stores, manufacturers and private clubs who either have employees or host public events.

Excluded from the Ordinance are private residences unless used as a licensed child care, licensed adult day care or licensed health care facility, outdoor patios and outdoor events are excluded from the Ordinance.  The ordinance also exempts up to 25 percent of hotel and motel rooms and outdoor spaces more than three (10) feet from doorways.

In addition, "No Smoking" signs shall be clearly and conspicuously posted at every entrance in every place of employment and all ashtrays shall be removed from any area where smoking is prohibited.

If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Sheila Ernzen, Interim City Administrator, 816-903-4729

Help for people who want to quit smoking

If you, your employees or customers smoke and want to quit, there are resources available through the Missouri Quit line, including free telephone counselling and quit kits. Call 1-800-QUITNOW (1-800-784-8669).