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Statewide Smoking Ban Advances

The Indiana House Public Health Committee is advancing a smoking ban proposal.

The panel voted nine to three to move the bill to the full House. That came after committee members approved an amendment to exempt casinos.

The discussion was brief compared to last week’s testimony which lasted several hours and included a former casino employee who described health problems related to second hand smoke she and other employees suffer due to gamblers who smoke.

A measure to ban smoking has been approved in the House several times before, but growing support from the public and Governor Mitch Daniels, and proven positive effects from going smoke-free has persuaded more lawmakers to vote in favor of such a move.

Roughly three dozen states have some type of smoke-free law, including the neighboring states of Illinois, Michigan and Ohio.

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