Give Now

Kokomo City Council Nears Approval Of Smoking Ban

Kokomo is considering an ordinance that would ban smoking in bars, taverns and clubs.

cigarette in hand

Photo: 55Laney69 (Flickr)

Kokomo's smoking ban would be stricter than the state's, not allowing smoking in bars and taverns.

Changes to Kokomo‘s smoke-free ordinance narrowly passed Monday night.

Council members voted 5-4 to pass amendments that would ban smoking in bars, taverns and social clubs, while also banning the use of e-cigarettes in all enclosed public establishments.

The ordinance still has a second reading next month, when it could become law.

As we’ve reported, anti-smoking advocates argue that banning smoking in prevents non-smokers from being exposed to secondhand smoke.

Many of the city’s bar and tavern owners, on the other hand, say the ban would be detrimental to their business.

The state legislature passed a statewide smoking ban two years ago, but it made exceptions for bars, taverns and clubs.

It does not prohibit local governments like the city of Kokomo from passing stricter bans, however.

Network Indiana contributed to this report.

Gretchen Frazee

Gretchen Frazee is a reporter/producer for WFIU and WTIU news. Prior to her current role, Frazee worked as the associate online content coordinator for WFIU/WTIU. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied multimedia journalism and anthropology. You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenfrazee.

View all posts by this author »

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Indiana Public Media News:

Support For Indiana Public Media Comes From

Search News

Stay Connected

RSS e-mail itunes Facebook Twitter Flickr YouTube

Follow us on Twitter

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Indiana Public Media News:

Recent Health Stories

Recent Videos

Find Us on Facebook