Lawrence public smoking restrictions start Monday

A much-anticipated public smoking ordinance goes into effect Monday in Lawrence.

The law, which the Lawrence Common Council and Mayor Dean Jessup signed in July, mirrors the one Indianapolis already has in place.

The restrictions outlaw smoking in restaurants, bowling alleys, hotels and most bars. Tobacco shops, hookah bars and existing not-for-profit private clubs are exempt.

Members of Smoke Free Indy, the group that rallied for smoking restrictions in Marion County, will distribute educational materials about the ordinance Friday to  bars in Lawrence.

Lawrence, one of a few separately incorporated areas of Marion County along with Speedway and Southport, was not governed by the Indianapolis ban, which took effect June 1.

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