Indiana Enacts First Statewide Smoking Ban

INDIANAPOLIS (CBS) — The first statewide smoking ban in Indiana was signed into law by Gov. Mitch Daniels Monday.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Pat Cassidy reports, Daniels signed the smoking ban bill and other legislation during a ceremony Monday at his Indiana state house office.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Pat Cassidy reports

The smoking ban proposal narrowly cleared the state Senate this month after compromises expanding the number of exemptions were added to the bill over the objections of health advocates.

The ban as passed still comes with far more exemptions than similar law in Illinois.

Bars, casinos, private clubs such as fraternal and veterans’ organization, and retail tobacco shops are all exempt under the law.

The statewide law allows the cities and counties around Indiana with even tougher smoking laws to keep those bans in place.

In 2007, Illinois passed a sweeping smoking ban that took effect on Jan. 1 of the following year. The ban includes virtually all indoor areas, including restaurants, bars and workplaces — as well as within 15 feet of an outside door for a venue where smoking is banned.

There was a move last year to lift the ban for Illinois casinos, on claims that the ban drove gamblers out of state and caused a drop in revenue.

The Indiana ban goes into effect in July.

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  • unknown

    I live 10mins from the Elgin Casino and I drive to Horseshoe to gamble, because I have the option to smoke. Also the odds are better.

  • Deez Nutz

    I’m disappointed in the state of Indiana. I am against any government law that limits individuals rights. If I open a restaurant, do I get to choose if its smoking? With this bill I don’t think so. The government telling me what to do is bad. Indiana should learn to do the opposite of our commy neighbor Illinois.

  • Meat Lovers Unite

    Smoke your friends meat, it is legal. Teeth are not legal in Indiana. Hoosier your buddy now??????.

  • Thomas

    An allternative to smoking bans

    If the public was honestly and truthfully informed about the effects of second-hand smoke, there would be fewer no-smoking laws in this country.
    A little smoke from a handful of crushed leaves and some paper that is mixed with the air of a decently ventilated venue is going to harm or kill you?

    There has never been a single study showing that exposure to the low levels of smoke found in bars and restaurants with decent modern ventilation and filtration systems kills or harms anyone.

    As to the annoyance of smoking, a compromise between smokers and non-smokers can be reached, through setting a quality standard and the use of modern ventilation technology.

    Air ventilation can easily create a comfortable environment that removes not just passive smoke, but also and especially the potentially serious contaminants that are independent from smoking.

    Thomas Laprade

  • R W Vreelander

    Congratulations, Indiana, welcome to what most others accomplished in the 1990s!

  • Hoosier

    What ever happened to the right of free choice of the business owners. If you don’t like smoke stay out of my business go to the smoke free business.

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