Missouri law prohibits smoking in: public places, including any retail or commercial establishments, health care facilities, any vehicle used for public transportation, rest rooms, elevators, libraries, educational facilities, day care facilities, museums, auditoriums, art galleries, all public areas and waiting rooms of public transportation facilities, any enclosed indoor place used for entertainment or recreation, and any other enclosed indoor areas used by the general public; public meetings, defined as a gathering in person of members of a governmental body, whether an open or closed session; indoor areas of public school buildings or educational facilities and public school buses; and licensed child care facilities during the period of time when the children cared for are present.
The following are exempt from the ban on smoking, subject to conditions:
An entire room or hall which is used for private social functions, provided that the seating arrangements are under the control of the sponsor of the function and not of the proprietor or other person in charge
Limousines for hire and taxicabs, where the driver and all passengers agree to smoking in such vehicle
Performers on the stage, provided that the smoking is part of the production
A place where more than 50% of the volume of trade or business carried on is that of the blending of tobaccos or sale of tobaccos, cigarettes, pipes, cigars or smoking sundries. Localities may require qualifying businesses to obtain a permit.
Bars, taverns, restaurants that seat less than fifty people, bowling alleys, and billiard parlors, which conspicuously post signs stating that “Nonsmoking Areas are Unavailable.” “Bar” or “tavern” means any establishment with a valid liquor license that serves liquor on the premises and for which not more than 10% of the gross sales receipts of the business are supplied by food purchases, either for consumption on the premises or elsewhere.
Any enclosed indoor arena, stadium or other facility which may be used for sporting events and which has a seating capacity of more than fifteen thousand persons
Missouri law does not provide a specific application procedure to qualify for exemption from the smoking ban. Localities may have specific requirements.
Individuals under 18 years of age cannot purchase, attempt to purchase, misrepresent his or her age to purchase, or possess cigarettes, other tobacco products, alternative nicotine products, or vapor products unless such person is an employee of a tobacco seller and is in possession to effect a sale in the course of employment.
The owner of an establishment at which tobacco products are sold at retail must prominently display a sign that states, in red lettering at least ½ an inch high on a white background, that “It is a violation of state law for cigarettes, other tobacco products, alternative nicotine products, or vapor products to be sold or otherwise provided to any person under the age of 18 or for such person to purchase, attempt to purchase or possess cigarettes, other tobacco products, alternative nicotine products or vapor products.”
A person or entity selling tobacco products, alternative nicotine products, or vapor products or rolling papers must require proof of age from a prospective purchaser or recipient if an ordinary person would conclude on the basis of appearance that such prospective purchaser or recipient may be under the age of 18.
A person or entity distributing tobacco product, alternative nicotine product, or vapor product samples must require proof of age from a prospective purchaser or recipient if an ordinary person would conclude on the basis of appearance that such prospective purchaser or recipient may be under the age of 18.