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New smoking ban takes effect in Indiana

July 01, 2012|By Don Wagner dwagner@wsbt.com | WSBT-TV
  • Indiana's new smoking ban went into effect midnight Sunday (WSBT file photo)
Indiana's new smoking ban went into effect midnight Sunday (WSBT file photo)

If you’re a smoker, you’ll have to put away your cigarettes while you work or go out to eat. Although many communities have banned smoking in public places, an official statewide public smoking ban is now in effect in Indiana.

The new smoking ban officially took effect at midnight Sunday.

However, it doesn’t go all the way.

While the new state law prohibits smoking in public places, in the work place, in certain state vehicles and within 8 feet of public entrances, smoking is still allowed in bars, casinos and fraternal, social and veterans clubs.

In any part of the state, no longer can you ‘light up’ in restaurants, bowling alleys and laundry mats to name a few places.

The Indiana House passed a stronger version before it was weakened in the Senate as part of a compromise to pass some sort of public smoking ban.

Under the new ban, a city or county may pass a tougher smoking ban.

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The South Bend Common Council may do just that. Monday, July 9, the council is expected to take a vote on a bill that would ban smoking in South Bend bars. South Bend is the largest Indiana city that still allows smoking in restaurants and bars.

The American Legion post in Ligonier has filed a lawsuit against Indiana’s new smoking ban law, questioning the constitutionality of the ban. The American Legion believes the ban does not create smoking areas away from children in casinos while private clubs, like the Legion, must have a separate area for smokers.

Indiana is the 38th state to prohibit smoking in most work places.
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