Smoking ban faces roadblock

January 30, 2012

The Indianapolis City-County Council is set to vote Monday night on a proposed smoking ban with new exemptions, but the measure could face a veto from Mayor Greg Ballard. The proposed ban would exclude off-track-betting facilities, tobacco stores, hookah bars and some private clubs. The sticking point is an exclusion that would prevent clubs from allowing smoking if they also allow children on the premises. Ballard said he wants that restriction removed because it would hurt military veterans’ clubs that host youth events.