An alliance of doctors, hospitals, insurers and employers wants to roll back a 27-year-old Indiana law that prohibits employers from screening job candidates for tobacco use.
Local leaders are expected to vote Monday on proposals that would end smoking in all bars and restaurants.
The 10 Indianapolis business owners want a federal judge to prevent the city of Indianapolis from enforcing new public smoking restrictions until a ruling is made on their lawsuit. Their original complaint claims the ordinance violates parts of the U.S. Constitution.
The workplace smoking ban signed by Gov. Mitch Daniels this week was a much-needed law. Of course, my Libertarian friends will object to its intrusion on liberty, and my leftist friends will say it didn’t go far enough. To them I ask, “What are you smoking?”
A flawed but ultimately acceptable ordinance that would strengthen Indianapolis’ workplace smoking ban is now headed to the City-County Council. The council should pass the ordinance and Mayor Ballard should sign it.
The Republican president of the City-County Council in Indianapolis says his party plans to introduce an expanded smoking ban that would take effect before the Super Bowl.
The adult smoking rate in Indiana dropped to 21.2 percent last year, a major reduction from the 27 percent rate logged five years ago. Karla Sneegas, assistant commissioner of the State Health Department’s Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission, discussed the progress, as well as her agency’s efforts to help employers help their workers quit smoking.
Indiana University researchers say there is no economic incentive for lawmakers to exclude off-track betting facilities from a smoking ban under consideration in the Indiana Legislature.
Boosters want to keep building on the city’s progress, educating visitors and residents alike about all that Indiana has to offer. But we’re running the risk of losing our shine in a cloud of smoke.
A group of Michigan State University alumni are upset that their school is paired with the Slippery Noodle Inn, a smoking establishment, in a city promotion that matches Big Ten universities with downtown bars and restaurants during the men’s basketball tournament.
The ongoing smoking-ban debate is getting a new spark from convention leaders trying to light a fire under
lawmakers, who have been reluctant to approve the kind of comprehensive smoking ban that
health—and now tourism—officials say is needed here.
Legislation that would ban smoking in all public places, enclosed areas of places of employment and certain state vehicles
appears headed for an Indiana General Assembly summer study committee.