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Indy Bars Prepare For Smoke-Free Air

Bars, restaurants, hotel rooms and bowling alleys will no longer allow their customers to smoke inside starting June 1st.

Old Point Tavern

Photo: Donna Cazadd(Flickr)

The Old Point Tavern in Indianapolis went smoke-free before the June 1st deadline.

Indianapolis businesses have begun to transition to smoke-free air in anticipation of a citywide smoking ban taking effect June first. In preparation for the change, some businesses say they’re cleaning more than their air.

Bars, restaurants, hotel rooms and bowling alleys will no longer allow their customers to smoke inside starting June 1st –the deadline for businesses to comply with the city’s smoke-free ordinance.

Smoke Free Indy Chair Lindsay Grace says her organization is trying to help those establishments make a smooth transition. And she says most are grateful for the assistance.

“Even if you’re not happy about it, doesn’t we don’t want to try and help you,” she says. “We’re not just here to pass the law and go away you know? We really want to see this through to the end and I hope that the bar owners see that; that we are a resource for them.”

Some bars are even choosing to go smoke-free early. Old Point Tavern in Indianapolis is one of those bars that made an early adjustment. Manager Allison Wood says the change was difficult at first, but isn’t hurting business like they feared.

“It’s been great actually,” he says. “We’ve actually increased our business during lunch and dinner. So that’s great. And everybody’s just adjusting really well and it seems like everybody likes it because we’ve had more people come back here because it’s non-smoking now.”

Wood says employees have begun additional cleaning after the bar closes at night to remove traces of smoke left by years of patrons lighting up.

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