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July 10, 1986

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ People wanting to light up saw ″No Smoking″ signs in most public places as a new anti-smoking ordinance took effect.

The ordinance, passed three months ago and effective Wednesday, bans smoking in public places ranging from bowling alleys to office buildings. Office managers have the option of designating smoking areas.

Enclosed offices, bars and tobacco shops are exempt.

The American Lung Association Society sponsored a gathering in a downtown park to celebrate. Actor Kirk Douglas, in town for a dinner theater production, showed up with his son Eric and donned a red and white visor bearing the words ″Kansas City - A Breath of Fresh Air.″

Three complaints were logged by the city, said James Kusick, an air quality official. One involved chewing tobacco and two were from workers who complained their employers were disobeying the law.

At one midtown law office, ashtrays were still out and two receptionists happily puffed away.

″I guess someone could turn us in, but we’re a law firm so we’d have representation,″ said Janet Boeckman at the firm of Ryder, Rose, Frensley & Shapiro.

The law’s penalty provision does not take effect until Oct. 9. After that, violations are punishable by fines of $10 to $100.

The ordinance was a financial windfall for Justrite Sign Co., which had a run on ″Smoking″ and ″No Smoking″ signs, said co-owner Alice Bent.

″It’s a little hectic,″ she said.

″There have been a lot of jokes about this, but everyone is being very cordial. They just seem to take the attitude, ’This is the way it is, and we’re going to have to live with it.‴

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