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Governor Daniels Signs Smoking Ban Into Law

Governor Mitch Daniels signed the statewide smoking ban into law Monday.

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The ban provides several exemptions for facilities including bars and taverns.

Governor Mitch Daniels says supporters of a statewide smoking ban accomplished about 90 percent of their goal as he signed the ban into law Monday.

Smoking will officially be prohibited in public places when the legislation takes effect July first. The ban exempts gaming facilities, cigar and hookah bars, tobacco shops and social clubs that take votes every two years to allow smoking.

Despite opposition from the bill’s authors, it also fully exempts bars and taverns that require patrons be 21 or older to enter. Some smoking ban advocates say if the ban doesn’t encompass everything then there’s no reason to have it. But Governor Daniels says getting 90 percent of the goal is a success.

“I don’t think the chances of getting to a percentage in the higher 90s would have been improved by throwing out, away all this hard and working and starting all over next year,” he says.

Daniels says he hopes the exempted organizations will begin to ban smoking on their own as the law takes effect.  The governor also signed three local government reform bills Monday.

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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