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Indiana Passes Statewide Smoking Ban With Exemptions

The Indiana General Assembly approved a final version of the statewide smoking ban Friday.

Cigarette pack in Indianapolis bar

Photo: Andrew (Flickr)

The final version of the smoking ban exempts several businesses including bars and taverns.

A statewide smoking ban is headed to the governor’s desk for his approval. The General Assembly passed the bill after weeks of debate and compromise, but many legislators are not satisfied with the results.

The final version of the ban exempts bars and taverns, gaming facilities, tobacco shops and private clubs, and it does not prevent local governments from passing stricter bans.

During Friday’s Senate debate, several legislators raised objections to the specific language of the bill, saying it could lead to unintended consequences. Oldenburg Republican Jean Leising says she is worried about the bigger issues involved.

“I’ve never smoked a day in my life, you’ve all heard me say that,” she says. “But we have a terrible infringement upon the rights of individuals who own property in Indiana.”

Ellettsville Democrat Vi Simpson says the legislature also needs to consider the rights of non-smokers, and she says she would have liked the ban to be even stronger.

“There are exemptions in it. I wish there weren’t, but we know it will save lives and it will save families from the tragedies of heart disease and cancer,” she says.

The Senate passed the bill 28-22.

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://profile.yahoo.com/AJWPSEKYSIJIKSS3AL6BMDDC7M Glen

    I think that the general assembly and Governor are all stupid when it come to electric cigarettes. I started using them 2 months ago and so far I have cut my regular smoking from 7 packs a week to 2 packs of reg cigarettes. Its my belief that if I get off reg cigarettes completely that I can quit the e-cigarettes fairly easily The e=cigarettes omit no smoke only a vapor. they are available with 0 nicotine. Didn’t they ban candy cigarettes a few years back but didn’t ban toy guns. The Indiana General Assembly are a bunch of uninformed boobs. They just follow each other and don’t have any idea what they are talking about. Unless they have some facts that backup that e-cigarettes are somehow dangerous to someone else, they should back off. If I use e-cigarettes, The only one I could probably be hurting is myself and I doubt that especially if I am using 0 nicotine inserts or cherry or chocolate. The General assembly in Indiana needs to ;get a life as well as the Governor and Indianapolis Mayor.

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