Veterans fear Kearney, Missouri smoking ban could force local VFW post to close

Missouri smoking ban


By Shain Bergan

Some local veterans are seeing smoke over Kearney’s recently-passed smoking ban, saying it will hurt an establishment catering to military members.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Kearney is among the local businesses that must comply within 30 days to the city’s ban on smoking in all publicly-accessible areas, passed by city officials Aug. 31.

This includes private businesses, bars, restaurants and city-owned properties, among other spaces.

The VFW’s commander, Jim Holmes, said he believes the smoking ban may force the post to close in the coming months because of an anticipated lack of business.

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