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Bar owner allowing customers to smoke despite smoking ban

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The owner of Linder's Pub in South City is allowing customers to smoke despite a smoking ban at bars and restaurants. Credit" KMOV The owner of Linder's Pub in South City is allowing customers to smoke despite a smoking ban at bars and restaurants. Credit" KMOV
SOUTH ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -

The City of St. Louis banned smoking in bars back in 2011, but there were some exceptions and some bars were still allowed to have smokers until 2016.

Now that all businesses have been banned over the past year, one local bar owner wants to go back to the way things were.

"Why is it right for a smoker to stand outside in the cold when a non-smoker can stay in the warmth," questions Lance Lindner. 

That's the crux of the smoking argument for Lindner He opened Lindner's Pub in 2013. He says business was great until 2016, when all city businesses that were still allowed to have smokers, could no longer do so. 

"I have lost a lot of money," he says.  

Lindner says he had to do something. 

"I allow my everyday people to smoke in here," he says.

Lindner says he has done it since February 1 and has had more sales in the first week then he had in the last two months. 

Lindner says so far, he's been fined $100 from the city.

City officials said they will continue to enforce the smoking ban ordinance. The first fine is $100 and can go up to $500, according to the Health Department. 

Lindner says  it's not about smoking, he just feels it's about what's right. 

"I was a police officer, I retired. When you're a police officer, you have to respect your community. This is my community and if I am wrong, then I am wrong. I am not saying anyone is telling me to do this, I am doing it all on my own." 

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