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House lawmakers put statewide smoking ban on hold

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A bill that would ban smoking in most public places in Indiana is in danger of failing in the Indiana House.

The bill by Democratic Rep. Charlie Brown of Gary would ban smoking in public places statewide except casinos and pari-mutuel horse racing venues.

But the House voted Monday to add exemptions for bars, taverns and tobacco shops. That prompted Brown to withdraw the bill for further consideration, at least for now. He says House members who want more exemptions are trying to kill his bill.

Brown says he's not sure whether he will push for the amended version of the bill or simply let it die.

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  • ...
    People are retarded, I swear.
  • No choice
    Unfortunately in this economy, some folks have to work where they can get work. And thus do not have the choice to work in an enviroment free "Of the more than 4,000 chemicals that have been identified in secondhand tobacco smoke, at least 250 are known to be harmful, and 50 of these are known to cause cancer." from Cancer.gov
  • Where Smoke/Ill Health
    Bad decision to put bill on hold. Even worse to exclude workers in the gambling industry if an when it comes back up. That is discrimination, period! Not even separate, but equal. Bad business, too! Having been in the casino at French Lick, I will not return until there is a smoking ban.
  • Hope it Dies
    While it detest smoking and won't patronize places that allow it, it is not the government's place to ban it. Nobody is forced to patronize or work in a place that allows smoking. Let people make their own decisions.
  • Dirty Dozen
    Here we go again. We will be a two-time Super Bowl Champion and live in one of twelve backward states that forces people to work in environments surrounded by smoking. The Super Bowl will be here in 2 years and we will be embarrassed by our ignorance.

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