Council votes to expand citywide smoking ban

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The Indianapolis City-County Council voted in favor of an expanded public smoking ban Monday night.

Members voted 19-9 in favor of expanding the citywide ban to include bowling alleys, hotel rooms and most bars. Tobacco shops, hookah bars and some private clubs would be exempted. The measure needed one more vote to become veto-proof.

The measure still needs the signature of Mayor Greg Ballard to become law. Ballard said he would veto the measure because it won't exempt private clubs that host children's events.


  • novelty lighters, anthem
    What is your problem? Why do you care what these people do? If you want to control someone Join a Cult. Trying to control the entire state or city - are you mad? This is just another step in control of the state and the people.
    Really i havent been to a smoking establishment in years. But guess what the guys in the shop smoke, and i go out there occassionaly, so you are making that illegal. Give me a break, you all need to go home and pass judgement on yourselfs. Nanny.
  • Constituents
    Mayor Ballard was elected to represent and serve his constituents. If the majority of his constituency wants non-smoking, it is his duty and responsibility to do everything within his power to see that their wishes are acceded to. However, because he is a smoker, he wants to exempt facilities where he is likely to go (i.e., Veteran's halls). That is a selfish disregard of the trust the citizens of Indianapolis placed in him.
  • Hookah bars
    Hookah bars should be outlawed outright. All they are is a place for kids (many under age) to drink and smoke.

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