Restaurant owners say the exemption plays favorites and could push customers away from businesses that are not exempt.
The Indiana Senate has never passed a smoking ban out of committee. Politicians say this year's bill has bipartisan support.
Why this may be the year the measure finally passes the Senate.
The bill originally exempted the gaming floors of gambling facilities, cigar and hookah bars, tobacco shops and social clubs.
The latest proposal would have exempted some private clubs from the ban.
Legislators on both sides of the aisle say they will have to compromise if they want to pass a smoking ban in Indiana.
Smoke Free Indy is trying to convince the Indianapolis City Council and mayor to pass a tougher smoking ban before Super Bowl visitors arrive.
Research shows some campus-wide smoking bans have powerful positive effects, even when they’re not enforced.
The smoking rate in Indiana has decreased by 23% dropping from 27.4% to 21.2% from 2001 to 2010.
E-cigarettes have fallen through the cracks of FDA regulation because they’re not considered drugs.