Mayor signs tougher public smoking ordinance

April 19, 2012

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard signed an ordinance Thursday that puts more limits on public smoking in the city.

The ordinance, which takes effect at 6 a.m. on June 1, expands existing citywide restrictions against indoor public smoking to include bowling alleys, hotel rooms and most bars. Tobacco shops, hookah bars, existing not-for-profit private clubs and downtown's off-track betting parlor are exempt from the ban.

The ordinance does not include Speedway, Lawrence, Beech Grove or Southport.

The City-County Council voted 20-9 Monday night to send the proposal to the mayor, who had vetoed a previous attempt at a tougher smoking ban in February.


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