St. Charles, Mo., Mayor Sally Faith said that the city may exempt Ameristar Casino from a nonsmoking policy to prevent a decline in Ameristar's business. Ameristar had reported that prohibiting smoking on its gaming floor could drive away customers and cost the casino 30% to 40% of its revenue. "There truly is a value that citizens receive from the gaming dollars and that's why it's so important for us to protect it," Faith said.

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