Anti smoking ban dude Bill Nigro starts getting anxious about the call he will get the next morning around 9:02 a.m.
“I’m anxiously awaiting 9 a.m. tomorrow to see if there’s a decision from the Missouri Court of Appeals on the smoking ban,” Nigro said Monday.
The reason for Nigro’s telephone Tuesday Jones?
“Well, last Tuesday they put out a decision from a case that went down the week before ours did,” Nigro says. And every Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. the court of appeals posts their decisions online.”
Nigro was feeling lucky Monday night…
“You know what? I do,” he says. “I think it’s coming; I think it’s going to be this week or next.”
And so what happened?
“Nothing happened,” Nigro says. “I got my message at 9:05 a.m., so now we have to wait until next Tuesday. It can take up to a couple months though because all the judges have to write a brief explaining how they came to their decision. And this is a big social issue, so they’re going to be very careful.”
Translation: it could take another month, still Nigro remains optimistic.
“I’m happy because I think it’s going to help some businesses out,” Nigro says, of the possibility that the ban will be lifted. “But I really don’t like smoking and I think that if it happens less than 50 percent of the places will go back to smoking. So it’s a win-win for everybody.”