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BRANSON, Mo. (AP) _ After months of controversy and compromise, smoking will be banned at most indoor public places in Branson.

The city’s Board of Alderman voted Tuesday night to enact a smoke-free ordinance. However, the ordinance won’t take effect until next July to allow businesses to prepare for the changes.

KYTV reports (http://bit.ly/1xDQuld ) the proposal was first suggested last summer. The original bill was amended four times. It now includes exemptions for outdoor patios and tobacco shops and smoking lounges that generate at least 70% of their revenue from tobacco sales.

The ordinance also restricts smoking in some outdoor spaces, such as city parks and a distance of 6 feet from a public entrance.

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Information from: KYTV-TV, http://www.ky3.com