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Indiana House panel backs statewide smoking ban

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An Indiana House committee has advanced a bill that would ban smoking in most public places statewide.

The bill endorsed by the House Public Policy Committee in a 7-5 vote on Wednesday would exempt casinos and pari-mutuel horse racing tracks from the ban. The bill now moves to the full House.

The House passed a similar bill last year, but it failed in the Senate and died during late-session negotiations.

Numerous communities in Indiana have smoking bans in public places, but they vary in forms. Proponents of a statewide ban say it would level the playing field across Indiana and help protect people from second-hand smoke.

Two bar owners testified against the bill, saying adults should be able to use a legal product with other adults.

Several communities in Indiana already ban smoking in public places.

An effort to broaden Indianapolis' workplace smoking ban stalled this fall after an indecisive City-Council Council vote. The measure would have expanded an existing law that prohibits smoking in most public places to include bars, bowling alleys and private clubs. An existing law already bans smoking in restaurants that serve minors.

Council members tabled the issue in late October when it fell short of the 15 votes needed to either pass or fail, then decided to sent it back to committee for revisions before revisiting the issue.



 

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  • 1
    Smokers are drug addicts, hey lack the ability to make their own decisions in this matter.

    By the way, I drink beer, would you like the by product of my 'hobby' to be on you?
  • Really?
    Don't these people have more important issues to be working on? Let individual businesses decide what is best for their clients. Let ADULTS make their own decisions.
  • Government Offices
    If they want to ban the public from performing legal activities in public places, be sure they ban these activities for council members and law makers in government building(that would mean no smoking lounges in the buildings).

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