More Exemptions Added To Statewide Smoking Ban

The bill originally exempted the gaming floors of gambling facilities, cigar and hookah bars, tobacco shops and social clubs.

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The new exemption would not force bars into compliance for 18 months.

The Indiana House has added more exemptions to its statewide smoking ban-but supporters still think the bill can pass the General Assembly.

The bill originally exempted the gaming floors of gambling facilities, cigar and hookah bars, tobacco shops and social clubs. But in order to help facilitate its passage, bill author Eric Turner expanded the gambling facility exemption to incorporate the entire property, including any bars, hotels or restaurants.

“It’s not something necessarily that I would like to see but I’ve agreed to it,” he said. “I think there’s another day that we can fight that battle to make Indiana totally smoke free.”

Bars and taverns are among the groups calling loudest for an exemption. Some proposed amendments would have excluded them from the law-but Turner developed a compromise that exempts bars and taverns for 18 months.

Gary Representative Charlie Brown, a longtime smoking ban advocate, says he thinks the wait makes sense.

“Bars are not going to be able to do this overnight so, you know, this kind of makes sense to say, ‘Hey, here’s a warning. You’ve got 18 months to get your house in order.’ Talk to your customers and say, ‘Are you all going to leave me as a result of this?’”

The bill will be eligible for passage to the Senate next week.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.j.mcfadden1 Michael J. McFadden

    The trick behind the 18 month delay is to try to defuse the opposition from bar owners who think they’ll be able to sell their properties in the interim. 

    It’s fools gold though: knowing what’s coming down the line they won’t get enough from buyers to even pay off their past mortgages. Their only REAL survival depends on them hanging together and fighting the ban despite the poisoned candy cane being dangled in front of them. 

    Anyway, 18 months? Bars should scream High Holy Hades: The traditional time granted when you sell your soul to the devil is seven years. The end result is the same though. 

    Michael J. McFadden 
    Author of “Dissecting Antismokers’ Brains”

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sheila-Martin/100000104130795 Sheila Martin

    Charlie Brown is a bought off slug. Anyone with any sense, and that ain’t Charlie, knows that smoking bans, when FORCED on a business, KILLS IT! He also knows, unless he can’t read, that there are three times as many studies which show that second hand smoke doesn’t kill anybody, as there are those that do. Charlie is either a coward or pro ban has made him some promises that they might not be able to keep! IF you don’t want to allow smoking, don’t. IF you do want to allow smoking in an adults only business, post signs on the doors. Pro ban isn’t advocating, they are STRONG ARMING and BRIBING your elected officials.

  • DrLearnALot

    I predict that if smoking is banned, people will continue to go to bars.

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