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Bloomington, IN had the state's first smokefree law that included all restaurants, workplaces, and bars, which was great for the live music scene in this college town. Other jurisdictions with strong smokefree workplace laws include Delaware County, Columbus, Terre Haute, and West Lafayette, and many more. Indianapolis, the capital city, recently strengthened its law to include bars and bowling centers.

The new Indiana statewide law, effective July 1, 2012, extends smokefree protections to staff in restaurants and non-hospitality workplaces, but unfortunately leaves out casino or bar workers , who deserve the right to breathe smokefree air at work just like anyone else.

Chambers of Commerce in Hoosier cities have endorsed smokefree air as a good business decision for the economic future of their communities.

Check out this YouTube video of Indiana Secretary of Commerce Mickey Mauer. He explains that smokefree air laws are key for recuriting businesses to the state. Strong smokefree workplace protections mean a healthier workforce with lower healthcare costs and higher quality of life. Also check out TakeNote.TV, the state's innovative program that empowers musicians and DJs speak up for smokefree bars and live music venues.

Indiana law does not preempt the passage of local smokefree laws. Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in Indiana.

2014 State Legislative Session: 1/7/2014 - 3/14/2014 (Est.)

American Cancer Society Quitline: 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669)

Smokefree & Related News

Health board supports ban
Greenfield Daily Reporter - April 9, 2014

GREENFIELD Electronic cigarettes should continue to be included in the countywide smoking ban, the Hancock County Health Board said ...

E-cigarette users seek exemption from smoking ban
WTHR - April 8, 2014

GREENFIELD - The debate about e-cigarettes is heating up again. There's a petition circulating in Greenfield asking that people be permitted to "vape" in restaurants. Under the current smoking ban in Hancock County, e-cigarettes are not allowed to be used inside public restaurants and businesses.

Debate over e-cigarettes ignites in Greenfield
WTHI - April 8, 2014

GREENFIELD, Ind. (WISH) A debate over the use of electronic cigarettes has ignited in one Hancock County community after the county's ...

IndyCar: Long Beach entry list notes
NBCSports.com - April 8, 2014

Sebastien Bourdais No. 11 KVSH Racing Chevrolet shifts from the black and green of Hydroxycut to the green and white of Mistic electronic cigarettes this race. A fellow eCig company, blu eCigs, made its debut in IndyCar at this race last year on Mike Conways No. 17 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda.

Some still unsure why more youth are 'vaping' e-cigarettes
Vincennes Sun Commercial - April 3, 2014

Debate continues about why more youth are turning to the tobacco-free smoking alternative and what long-term health effects electronic cigarettes will ...

It's April, no fooling
14 News WFIE Evansville - April 1, 2014

The Vanderburgh County Health Department has an announcement by Smoke free Communities today. Deanna Allbrittin is live at Sunrise with details on that ...

Survey shows majority favor including casino in Evansville smoking ban
14 News WFIE Evansville - April 1, 2014

Tuesday a new coalition called Smokefree Evansville released data showing 89 percent of Evansville adults believed places were healthier for everyone under the old smoking ban. They data came from a survey commissioned by the Survey Research Center at Indiana University

Purdue Student Government vice presidential debate
Purdue Exponent - April 1, 2014

A point of disagreement centered on the smoking ban to take effect on campus. I know smokers who were not happy, Lincoln said. People are going to smoke (whether) you tell them or not. Are there people out there advocating this (ban)? Im curious to see how it will be enforced.
McKinney said her platform would support the ban.

Parents using e-cigarettes around kids warned about dangers of ...
WRTV Indianapolis - March 31, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS - As e-cigarettes usage becomes more widespread, health officials are warning parents to be mindful about using them around small children.

CDC: Kids Treated for Poison From Drinking E-Cig Liquid
93.1 WIBC Indianapolis March 31, 2014

The government agency says calls to poison control centers related to the e-cig liquid more than tripled between 2012 and 2013, with more than 1,300 calls reported. Fortunately, no deaths were reported and almost three-quarters of the children whose parents caught them with the liquid did not have to go to a hospital. That doesn't mean it isn't a problem. "We as parents sometimes don't think parents will touch harmful things, but preschoolers are eager to touch and taste most everything," said Dr. Tanya Hole, a peditrician at Peyton Manning Children's Hospital in Indianapolis.

Driscoll addresses proposed PASSHE bill at open forum
Indiana University The Penn Online - March 28, 2014

The issue of smoking bans was brought up by an anonymous submission. Many smokers stand close to doorways at Sutton Hall, and the submission suggested

Why Vigo Co. remains one of the unhealthiest in the state
WTHI - March 27, 2014

Those health topics can include excessive drinking, obesity, your smoking rates, and ... Vigo County's clean indoor air ordinance is also making a difference in ...

Student government important for entirety of campus
Purdue Exponent - March 27, 2014

A recent example of this would be the recommendation for a complete smoking ban on campus, which PSG passed right before spring break. There have also ...

Berra sums up proposed smoking ban nicely
News-Press Now - March 24, 2014

Im not sure if Yogi was a smoker, but read the rest of this column and you might think this particular Yogi-ism sums up perfectly our ballot proposal to ban smoking in just about every public place in St. Joseph except the St. Jo Frontier Casino. A town very much like our own, Evansville, Ind., attempted to ban smoking in much the same fashion. In February 2012, the Evansville City Council unanimously passed an ordinance that banned smoking in all bars and private clubs. The hitch in Evansvilles smoking ban came when the Indiana Supreme Court ruled this past February. In a 3-2 decision, the Supreme Court said pointing to slot machine revenue as somehow different was not an excuse to grant the casino an exemption. In other words, you cant exempt a casino from a smoking ban just because they pay more in taxes. At least in the state of Indiana. Perhaps the ordinance would have withstood legal challenges if it had not exempted Casino Aztar. I doubt the Evansville council is willing to take another swipe at a smoking ban that does include the casino. I have no idea how a Supreme Court decision from another state affects Show-Me State law, but St. Joseph should take heed of whats happening in the Hoosier State.

Indy airport board bans e-cigarettes
wishtv.com - March 21, 2014

1 hour ago - INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Indianapolis Airport Authority on Friday amended its ... the buildings and vehicles owned by the Indianapolis International Airport. The airport had already banned the use of traditional cigarettes, ...

Use of e-cigarettes prohibited at Indianapolis International Airport
Fox 59 ?- March 21, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 21, 2014)—An expanded smoking ordinance approved by the Indianapolis Airport Authority Board of Directors will ...

Local fraternal club excludes women in a major vote on smoking
14 News WFIE Evansville - March 20, 2014

Five weeks after the Indiana Supreme Court reversed Evansville's smoking ban, a local fraternal club voted Thursday night on whether to allow smoking again ...

AG touts legislation aimed at helping people
Post-Tribune - March 20, 2014

Charlie Brown, D-Gary, who lead the push to ban smoking in restaurants and many other public places in the state, said he was happy to make some tweaks to ...

IndyCar notes: Griffiths HPD resignation plus new liveries
NBCSports.com - March 17, 2014

Mistic Electronic Cigarettes will be the primary sponsor for the seven remaining events in 2014 as well as the co-primary sponsor for the 2014 Indianapolis 500. Heres the car: ...

Campus-wide smoking ban recommendation passes PSG
Purdue Exponent - March 14, 2014

The Purdue Student Government passed a recommendation during Wednesday's senate meeting that would take out all designated smoking areas and ban ...

Rep. Neese serves last day during a legislative session
The Elkhart Truth-by Tim Vandenack - March 14, 2014

In a statement, Neese cited his co-authorship of a measure banning smoking on school buses. He also noted a 2012 measure he authored that would enable ...

Beauregard Parish School Board votes to revise dress code for next ...
The Tribune - March 14, 2014

Ankle socks can be of any design for the latter grades. The board closed a policy loophole by voting to prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes beginning in the .

PSG meeting supports student health and entertainment
Purdue Exponent - March 13, 2014

PSG also debated a recommendation to ban smoking on campus during the meeting. The recommendation called for banning the smoking of cigarettes on ...

Greater Clark seeks ban on electronic cigarettes
The Courier-Journal - March 7, 2014

The ban would include an array of new products that have grown in popularity recently. ... And while some argue the smoking devices aren't as dangerous as ... Kentucky and other states have enacted tobacco bans since the passage of the ...

St. Lawrence Receives $2500 Sports Grant
Eagle 99.3 FM WSCH - March 7, 2014

... law banning sale to, possession of e-cigarettes to minors. http://t.co/focIER1Xjv. 1h ... Kasich signed a bill Tuesday that bans the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.

IU chokes up with expanded smoking ban
We say: The University takes ban too far
Indiana Daily Student - March 4, 2014

Every day, members of the Editorial Board notice signs proudly promoting IU as a smoke-free campus, only to see the occasional clouds of cigarette smoke and ... That being said, the Editorial Board still believes the Universitys new policy banning e-cigarettes, hookahs, pipes, chewing tobacco and snuff might be taking it too far.

Legislation would allow ads on public school buses
Indianapolis Business Journal - March 3, 2014

The legislation prohibits political advertising, inappropriate images or the marketing of harmful or offensive products such as tobacco or alcohol.

Business Profile: Tasting bar hopes to smoke the competition
The Herald Bulletin - March 1, 2014

ANDERSON, Ind. Wade Wargny quit smoking five years ago now he wants to help others kick the habit. Wargny is the owner of E Liquid Lounge, 4318 S. Scatterfield Road, and sells a variety of products and accessories for electronic cigarettes. Its just water vapor, Wargny said of the puff of odorless fumes that are exhaled with an e-cigarette. It soothes the nicotine craving with no tar and no smoke, and it is a fifth the cost of cigarettes. We have flavors like tobacco to Skittles and everything in between, he said. Wargny said his full-service tasting bar, which is unique to the area, allows customers to try each of the e-liquid flavors used in the vaporizers before making a purchase.

Peephole Bar Reverses Smoking Policy
Tristatehomepage.com - February 26, 2014

Evansville, Ind. - Just weeks after indiana's supreme court struck down evansville's smoking ban, some businesses are letting customers light up.But, even with some new found freedom, some businesses won't alter their smoking policy.Businesses in the river city have been given the go ahead to have smoking in their facilities. Steve Alsop owns the Peephole Bar in Downtown Evansville. He was one of many bar owners who sued the city for punitive damages related to the impact of the smoking ban. However, after two weeks of allowing smoking, the Peephole Bar has chosen to remain smoke free. "The irony is there are many non-smoking places now than there use to be ", says Alsop. The owner of peephole in Downtown Evansville is a staunch supporter of the right to choose. "We did what private business is supposed to do. We listen to the market instead of the government", he added.

Weighing the pros and cons of e-cigarettes
Evansville Courier & Press - February 26, 2014

E-cigs and vapors have ignited fierce debates over whether these devices are safe to use and have any smoking cessation benefits. Most health experts will ...

Downtown Evansville bar decides to go smoke-free again
14news.com February 25, 2014

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - The Peephole Bar and Grill in downtown Evansville has decided to go smoke-free. Right after the Indiana Supreme Court lifted Evansville's smoking ban, Peephole owner Steve Alsop says his bar allowed smoking again. But after a couple of weeks of listening to what his patrons want, Alsop says the decision has been made to go back to being a smoke-free business. "We tried smoking for two weeks here and the market told me that they preferred non-smoking. My customers, long time customers, voted with their dollars. I mean, business wasn't quite what it was before. That's the way it should work in a free market. Privately owned business, that's how we determine what we do," Alsop says.

IPFW prepares to go smoke-free
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette - February 25, 2014

A policy set to take effect in less than six weeks will prohibit IPFW students and staff from lighting up even in previously designated smoking areas.

Not fooling around: IPFW campus goes tobacco-free
FW Business - February 25, 2014

Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne will become tobacco- and smoke-free effective April 1, the school announced. The ban includes cigarettes, cigars, oral tobacco, e-cigarettes and other tobacco products, and extends to other sites controlled, operated or leased by IPFW

Evansville council unsure of smoking ban's future
Danbury News Times - February 25, 2014

Members of Evansville's City Council say they're still considering what to do next since the Indiana Supreme Court threw out the city's smoking ban ordinance two weeks ago.

Judge To Consider Challenge To Indy Smoking Ban
WBIW.com - February 25, 2014

... it banned smoking at bars except for the bar at the city's riverboat casino. ... the two laws is that in Evansville, there is an exemption for riverboat casinos

Evansville council members unsure of next step since court ruling ...
The Tribune - February 25, 2014

The court ruled in a 3-2 decision that the city couldn't spare the Tropicana Evansville casino from the smoking ban that included all other businesses, including

City Council unsure of next move after smoking ban decision ($$)
Evansville Courier-Press February 24, 2014

In light of this months 3-2 Indiana Supreme Court decision overturning Evansvilles smoking ban, City Council members who supported the ban two years ago said Monday they dont yet know what they will do next. The group is having a national speaker, Bronson Frick, in Evansville this week to discuss the issue of smoking and casinos. ...

Another Smoking Ban Lawsuit Back In Court: Bars suing in Marion County court to overturn ban in Indianapolis
93.1 WIBC Indianapolis - February 24, 2014

Two weeks after the State Supreme Court struck down the smoking ban in Evansville, another challenge to the ban on lighting up in Indianapolis will be in court. A Marion County Superior Court judge is scheduled to hold a hearing this morning on a lawsuit against the smoking ban filed by two bars last fall. Those bars were not part of the federal lawsuit challenging the ban that was turned aside by a U.S. district judge and the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago last year. The newer lawsuit was filed shortly after oral arguments were heard in the Evansville case by the State Supreme Court. "Our complaint was identical to the complaint filed in Evansville except for the names of the parties and the specific ordinance citation", said Mark Small the attorney for the Indianapolis bars. "The only difference between the two laws is that in Evansville, there is an exemption for riverboat casinos. In Indianapolis, there is an exemption for satellite gambling bars." The day of Supreme Court decision in the Evansville case, Small filed a motion asking for an immediate ruling in the Indianapolis bars' favor.

Indianapolis public housing going smoke-free
WRTV Indianapolis - February 24, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS - When the Indianapolis Housing Agency voted in January to ban smoking in apartments and common areas, it pointed to a frantic surveillance video from Lugar Tower. In the video, a woman runs door to door warning people about the fire on her floor. The fire, which erupted last December, was started accidentally by another woman who was smoking while on oxygen therapy...

IPFW to become tobacco- and smoke-free campus
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette (blog) - February 24, 2014

FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- Indiana UniversityPurdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) will become a smoke-free and tobacco-free campus effective April 1, 2014.

Will Hoosiers ever get it when it comes to smoking?
Goshen News - February 23, 2014

Last month the American Lung Association released its State of Tobacco Control 2014 report, and specifically called out Indiana for its poor statistics related to tobacco use. Fifty years since the United States Surgeon General first declared smoking a public health hazard, Indiana lags behind most states in smoking cessation.

Indy airport signs new eateries, considers nixing e-cigarettes
Indianapolis Business Journal - February 21, 2014

At its meeting Friday morning, the authority discussed a proposal to ban e-cigarettes, also known as vapor pens. It will be the subject of a public hearing March ...

New questions surface over Evansville's smoking ban and casinos
14 News WFIE - February 19, 2014

New questions have been raised Wednesday night about who regulates riverboat casinos in Indiana and how that could affect Evansville's smoking ban.

Group gathers to support non-smoking Evansville restaurants
14 News WFIE Evansville - February 18, 2014

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - Some diners in Evansville took their business to a downtown restaurant Tuesday night to show support for places that do not allow smoking. Those diners poured into Jaya's, a place that does not allow smoking inside. Those people came here to make a statement about how they feel about secondhand smoke in local establishments. Soon after the Evansville smoking ban was overturned, some local businesses made the decision to once again allow smoking indoors. That decision sent some customers to other places.

Philip C. Cochran: CVS smart to dump tobacco products
Muncie Star Press - February 18, 2014

This month, CVS announced that it would become the first national pharmacy chain to halt tobacco sales a decision that paid immediate dividends in positive ...

Officials: Electronic cigarettes should be banned in public
Greenfield Daily Reporter - February 18, 2014

GREENFIELD County officials say there should be a crackdown on electronic cigarettes, prohibiting them in public places just like any other traditional cigar, pipe or cigarette.

What's killing the region? Gasping for air
nwitimes.com - February 18, 2014

Region and state health officials conclude reigning in smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke remain the biggest challenge -- even as strides have been ...

Should e-cigarettes be allowed on campus?
IU Southeast Horizon - February 16, 2014

Smoking is banned on the IU Southeast campus and violators can be fined if caught. But what about e-cigarettes? According to the Tobacco Vapor Electronic ...

Indiana Supreme Court rules against Evansville on smoking ban
Reporter-Times - February 13, 2014

The Indiana Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that Evansville's only casino could not be treated differently than area bars and clubs under the city's smoking ban ...

Court's Evansville decision may open state smoking ban to challenge
Vincennes Sun Commercial - February 13, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — The lead advocate of Indiana's statewide smoking ban says it, too, could face a court challenge in the aftermath of the state's high court ...

Indiana Supreme Court Bans Smoking in Evansville Casino
Online Casino Archives-by Jenny McKinnley - February 13, 2014

Indiana Supreme Court Bans Smoking in Evansville Casino ... She said that most of the casinos customers come from out of town and not granting the ...

Bar Owners Wrestle With Allowing Smoking or Staying Smoke Free
Tristatehomepage.com - February 12, 2014

Just hours after the Supreme Court struck down Evansville's smoking ban large because of it's exemption of Tropicana Evansville, dozens of Evansville bars ...

Organization Calls on Evansville To Ban All Public Smoking
Tristatehomepage.com - February 12, 2014

It is asking the city to adopt a new ordinance which bans smoking in all public ... On Tuesday the Indiana Supreme Court overturned Evansville smoking ban ...

Mayor Winnecke speaks out about overturned smoking ban
14 News WFIE Evansville - February 12, 2014

"If we were to go in and ban smoking there, I think you'd have to go back and look at ... and they predicted a dramatic decrease in business if smoking is banned.

Casino exemption costs Evansville smoking ban
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette - February 12, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS Evansville officials can't spare a casino from the city's smoking ban, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The justices voted 3-2 to throw ...

A rare win
News Sentinel - February 12, 2014

The momentum for anti-public smoking legislation has seemed inexorable. Cities and counties keep enacting restrictions, the affected businesses keep challenging them, courts keep shooting the challenges down. But now we have a rare win for the foes of restrictions. The Indiana Supreme Court this week struck down Evansvilles smoking ordinance, which close to 30 businesses, all private bars and taverns, had challenged. Only one establishment in the city was exempt the riverboat casino Tropicana Evansville.

Challenge To Indianapolis Smoking Ban Not Dead Yet
State Supreme Court ruling on Evansville ban could bring similar ruling to Indy, Marion County
93.1 WIBC Indianapolis - February 12, 2014

If you thought the challenge to the smoking ban in Indianapolis was over, the Indiana Supreme Court may have given it new life. Our complaint was identical to the complaint filed in Evansville except for the names of the parties and the specific ordinance citation", said Mark Small the attorney for the Indianapolis bars. "The only difference between the two laws is that in Evansville, there is an exemption for riverboat casinos. In Indianapolis, there is an exemption for satellite gambling bars." A Marion County judge had not ruled in that lawsuit yet, but less than five hours after yesterday's state Supreme Court decision, Small filed a motion asking for an immediate ruling in the bars' favor.

Bars & Taverns React to Lifted Smoking Ban [VIDEO]
Tristatehomepage.com - February 11, 2014

The Indiana Supreme Court decision to lift the ban on smoking in River City bars has many businesses reconsidering whether they should allow their customers to smoke. Bars and fraternal organizations challenged the ordinance shortly after it went into effect in 2012. Numerous bars survived the change but, they say not without losing substantial amount of revenue. "I've seen a steady decline since April 2012 as far as the smoking ban is concerned", says Rick Fox. When the Evansville smoking ban was put in place in 2012; Cecil's Bar owner, Rick fox says he lost a lot of business.

Evansville VFW Post 1114 Speaks Out On Smoking Ban Ruling
Tristatehomepage.com - February 11, 2014

An Evansville smoking ban was passed in February 2012. It included bars and restaurants, but exempted the Casino. Today's Indiana Supreme Court ruling now means, the rules revert to a smoking ordinance passed in 2006. Under those rules, smoking will be allowed in bars and private clubs, if the owner wants it. But, Indiana Excise Police say, bar owners must still apply for an exemption from the state, which is about a two day process. A vote must be taken for clubs like the VFW. At post 1114 on Evansville's west side, the post took part in a lawsuit that helped reverse that ban. Their reason for getting involved, had to do with the right's of the people. It's a right veteran's feel they should fight for

Winnecke Disappointed With Court's Decision on Smoking Ban
Tristatehomepage.com - February 11, 2014

Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke says he is disappointed with the Indiana Supreme Court's decision to overturn the city's smoking ban. The high court says the ordinance is unconstitutional because it treats the casino different that other bars and restaurants. The ordinance banned smoking in just ...

In-Depth: John Friend and Charles Berger Talk Smoking Ordinance Ruling...
Tristatehomepage.com - February 11, 2014

Brad Byrd sits down with Evansville City Council President John Friend, who voted for the ban in 2012, and attorney Charles Berger, who represented several ...

Evansville's smoking ban ruled unconstitutional
14 News WFIE Evansville - February 11, 2014

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - The Indiana Supreme Court has struck down Evansville's smoking ban. Tavern and private club owners say the exemption of Tropicana Casino violates the state constitution, and the Indiana Supreme Court agrees. According to the in majority opinion by Chief Justice Dickson, the city exempting riverboat casinos from the Smoking Ban "...is tantamount to the government 'selling' an exemption from the Smoking Ban for the bonus of anticipated financial benefits while burdening other citizens and snubbing our framers' intent in drafting Article 1, Section 23."

Indiana Supreme Court rules Evansville's citywide smoking ban cant exempt casino
The Tribune - February 11, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS The Indiana Supreme Court says Evansville officials can't spare a casino based there from its smoking ban. The justices voted 4-1 to throw out the part of the ban that prohibits smoking in taverns and private clubs but exempts the riverboat casino that's docked at the Ohio River city. The ruling says exempting the casino from the ban violates the Indiana Constitution. The Supreme Court reversed an appeals court ruling that upheld the ordinance.

Indiana Supreme Court strikes down Evansville smoking ban
WRTV Indianapolis - February 11, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS - Evansville's 2012 ordinance banning smoking in all indoor eating and drinking establishments was struck down by the Indiana Supreme Court ...

Indiana Supreme Court strikes down 2012 Evansville smoking ban amendment | RULING
Evansville Courier-Press February 11, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS Evansvilles ordinance banning smoking in indoor eating and drinking establishments was struck down by the Indiana Supreme Court in a 3-2 decision filed Tuesday. Documents: Indiana Supreme Court Smoking Ban Decision

Supreme Court rejects Evansville smoking ban ordinance
Indianapolis Star - February 11, 2014

The Indiana Supreme Court today struck down an Evansville ordinance that extended a city smoking ban to bars and restaurants but exempted the Tropicana casino.

Stronger than smoke
Muncie Star-Press February 2, 2013

I read in the paper Jan. 17 about smoking linked to many diseases. I read that nearly 2.5 million deaths were in nonsmokers exposed to secondhand smoke. Where I live there is a strong smell of smoke coming through the walls of my house. We do not smoke.

Flat Rock Tap goes smoke-free
nwitimes.com - January 31, 2014

Flat Rock Tap in Hammond decided to go smoke-free on Jan. 1. The owners believe the bar is one of the first in the city – if not the first – to voluntarily clear the ...

Report describes dangers of youth smoking
nwitimes.com - January 31, 2014

“We will continue to work to support policies that protect our community members from the dangers of tobacco use and secondhand smoke,” said Dr. Janet ...

Vigo School Board Moves To Ban E-Cigs And Passes Pay Increase
WIBQ - January 28, 2014

At last night's Vigo County School Board meeting officials began the process of banning electronic cigarettes on school grounds. A revision to school rules would ...

Hookah bars could be guilty of false health concious propaganda
Purdue Exponent - January 27, 2014

Hookah lounges are one roof under which you can typically find at least three of those ingredients. Hookah is the centerpiece people gather around for drinks and good times. A seamless transition from one form of tobacco abuse to another can be made by simply lighting a cigarette. Oddly enough, however, smoking a cigarette in many hookah bars is prohibited. The Egyptian Caf?n our very own Chauncey Village is an example of one such bar. The general belief is that smoking hookah is a clean alternative to smoking a cigarette or other forms of tobacco. This naive misconception stems from the fact that that the direct inhalation of cooled and flavored water vapors is perceived to be less harmful than the harsh burn of smoking cigarettes, which makes it smoother to smoke.

School Board To Talk About Pay Hikes And E-Cigs
WIBQ - January 27, 2014

The Vigo County School Board will meet in regular session tonight at the administration building on Wabash. The board will consider prohibiting the use of electronic cigarettes on school grounds and in school facilities and vehicles.

Should Indiana deny employment to cigarette smokers?
WRTV Indianapolis - January 20, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS - Smoking could cost you a chance at a new job if lawmakers approve an idea recently introduced at the statehouse. The proposed law would give employers the right to deny a job to a candidate who smokes. The Indiana Chamber of Commerce is pushing for the change to the current law, known as the Smokers Bill of Rights. For the chamber, it comes down to money. Officials said an employee who smokes costs a company 60 to 70 percent more for health care than one who doesnt.

Ondiana Casino Revenue Falls 7.6% To $2.5bn In 2013
Online Poker.net - January 21, 2014

The Midwestern state of Indiana has released its casino figures for 2013, ... if Illinois decides to change its casinos no-smoking law, allow more casinos, and ...

Up in smoke
Anderson (IN) Herald Bulletin - January 14, 2014

...Knight-Wilkerson said survey information collected in Madison County shows monthly use of cigarettes in students is higher than both the state and national averages. Nationally, only 4.9 percent students in the eighth grade use cigarettes. Across the ...

Tobacco-free advocates worry about budget cuts
Associated Press - January 13, 2014

The state of Indiana has appealed a recent decision to decrease the amount of money major tobacco companies are ordered to pay as a result of smoke-related illnesses, and local health department officials are equally concerned about future funding. An ar

Ind. Chamber backs law to let employers not hire smokers
Cincinnati.com - January 10, 2014

If youre looking for a job in Indiana, prospective employers cant ask you stop smoking cigarettes to be hired. The Indiana Chamber of Commerce wants state lawmakers to change that. ...

Indiana Chamber backs employers not hiring smokers
Journal and Courier - January 9, 2014

If youre looking for a job in Indiana, prospective employers cant ask you to stop smoking cigarettes in order to be hired. The Indiana Chamber of Commerce wants the state legislature to change that. If passed, House Bill 1029 would eliminate the so-called smokers bill of rights law approved in the early 1990s. Employers would be able to require job-seekers to stop using tobacco products at all times as a condition of employment. ...

Tobacco-free advocates fear budget cuts
Muncie Star Press - January 4, 2014

With much of the Delaware County Health Department funding coming from the tobacco settlement agreements, local tobacco-free advocates fear any cut would ...

Some bar operators say city smoking law harmful, but supporters ...
The Republic - December 10, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ind. Six months into a new Columbus smoking ban, some local bar operators say they have lost regular customers who were smokers. Meanwhile, hopes to replace them with new, nonsmoking customers have evaporated.

Wayne Township no-smoking policy will protect kids
Indianapolis Star December 6, 2013

As a longtime Wayne Township resident, it was heartening to see such a strong turnout of parents and students in support of a 100 percent tobacco-free policy at the recent Wayne Township School Board meeting. It takes courage to stand in front of your peers and school leadership and speak out.

Fort Wayne off-track betting could move to New Haven
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette - December 6, 2013

In Fort Wayne, smoking is prohibited at the OTB due to the city's strict smoking ban but New ... A state smoking ban exempts casinos and satellite facilities.

U.S. appeals court upholds Indy's smoking ban
WRTV Indianapolis - November 26, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS - The expanded Marion County smoking ban that went into effect in 2012 has been upheld by a U.S. appeals court. The 7th Circuit Court of ...

Appeals court upholds Indianapolis smoking ban
Indianapolis Business Journal - November 26, 2013

A federal appeals court on Monday upheld the citywide smoking ban in most ... It could also have reasoned that by banning smoking in public places, it would ...

MSD Wayne Township School Board Passes Smoking Ban
93.1 WIBC Indianapolis - November 25, 2013

The school board voted 7-0 Monday night to completely ban smoking on all school properties. Mary Lang, spokesperson for MSD of Wayne Township, says ...

South Shore bans esmokes as part of no smoking policy
Chesterton Tribune - November 25, 2013

South Shore bans esmokes as part of no smoking policy ... Lake County Council member Christine Cid supported the ban saying the long-term health effects of ...

Indy smoking law opens doors to conventions
Kansas City Star - November 15, 2013

Not so long ago, Indianapolis was passed over time and again for conventions and corporate meetings despite a massive expansion of the ... Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, a California-based not-for-profit, started the Smokefree Meetings Campaign in 2004 to encourage organizations to host meetings only in smoke-free cities, and dozens of organizations — including some of the nation's largest health care groups — joined the campaign.

Smoking ban opens new doors to Visit Indy
Indianapolis Business Journal - November 14, 2013

Not so long ago, Indianapolis was passed over time and again for conventions and corporate meetings despite a massive expansion of the Indiana Convention Center and a new 1,005-room, four-star hotel, as well as a new airport terminal that was the talk of the aviation industry and a colossal, retractable-roof stadium that hosted the 2012 Super Bowl. Why? Air quality. That all changed June 1, 2012, when citywide restrictions against indoor public smoking were expanded to include bowling alleys, hotel rooms, taxi cabs and most bars. The only exemptions were tobacco shops, hookah bars, existing not-for-profit private clubs and downtown’s off-track betting parlor. ... Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, a California-based not-for-profit, started the Smokefree Meetings Campaign in 2004 to encourage organizations to host meetings only in smoke-free cities, and dozens of organizations—including some of the nation’s largest health care groups—joined the campaign.

E-cigarettes: Are they safe?
Muncie Star Press - October 31, 2013

MUNCIE If you thought e-cigarettes, the tobacco-less vaporizing devices, are safer than smoking traditional products, the Tobacco-Free Coalition of Delaware ...

Hotline: Reporting alleged smoking ban violations ($$)
The Herald-Times (subscription) - October 31, 2013

Smokers test limits of state, local laws Q: What is the law or city ordinance on drive-through windows and people smoking in their cars? You have to be eight feet away from an entrance to a building; it seems there should be some way to enforce smoking right outside a drive-through window.

Tobacco Free Indiana is David to Big Tobacco Goliath
Muncie Free Press - October 30, 2013

MUNCIE, INDIANA (NEWS) - Tobacco Free Indiana won the battle in getting no smoking laws passed in recent years. But the advocacy paid by Big Tobacco ...

USI bans e-cigs because it looks like smoking
14 News WFIE Evansville - October 30, 2013

With the implementation of the policy on July 1, 2011, smoking and the use of other tobacco products are not permitted except in personal vehicles and, for those ... According to American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, as of July 8, 2013, more than 1,178 U.S. colleges and universities have enacted smoke-/tobacco-free ...

SEMINAR: E-Cigarettes, Trick or Treats
Muncie Voice - October 29, 2013

The Tobacco Free Coalition of Delaware County will host a seminar entitled E-Cigarettes, Trick or Treats on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM at the Ball State Alumni Center at 2800 W. Bethel Ave., Muncie Indiana 47304. Indiana has been a test market for at least seven new tobacco products in the past 12 years.

E-cigarette use still low among students in Dubois, Spencer counties ($$)
Vincennes Sun Commercial October 26, 2013

A new smoking craze that has reached teens throughout the country in the past few years has not yet severely affected youth in Dubois and Spencer counties, but local counselors and health advocates are still working to bring new educational tools to students and parents. The use of e-cigarettes, battery-powered devices that deliver nicotine that is vaporized to form an aerosol mist, has doubled among middle and high school ...

E-cigarette shop opens in Shelbyville
Shelbynews - October 25, 2013

The owners of a new Shelbyville e-cigarette shop shy away from the term smoking. For what they do, they prefer vaping since, in their opinion, consuming an e-cigarette is not like smoking at all.

Education effort helping to clear smoke
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette - October 22, 2013

According to the National Youth Tobacco Survey, the use of e-cigarettes among high school students has doubled, from 5 percent in 2011 to 10 percent in 2012.

Hard-hitting ads proving a lifesaver
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette - October 22, 2013

Reducing tobacco use is one of the most important things we can do to ... of illness and damage as a result of smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke.

BOEN: Allen County anti-tobacco group concerned about e-cigarettes
Fort Wayne(IN) News-Sentinel - October 21, 2013

Some proponents say e-cigarettes are a good smoking cessation product. Gerhart disagrees, telling people, "It's a nicotine delivery device. It's just a different way to get nicotine," which is highly addictive. Nicotine replacement and cessation products...

GUEST COMMENTARY: Hard-hitting ads effective in preventing ...
nwitimes.com - October 16, 2013

Reducing tobacco use is one of the most important things we can do to improve the ... people suffer as a result of smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke.

Ball State smoking ban one of strictest in Indiana
Ball State Daily News - October 15, 2013

The type of limited smoking ban formerly used at Ball State is similar to what is ... Some of them also point to a state law that bans smoking near doorways when ...

OUR VIEW: Reasonable idea, rough execution
Ball State Daily News - October 14, 2013

Since then, neighborhoods and students — both smokers and nonsmokers — have disapproved, some even through formal complaints sent to administrators.

Bedford Council Rejects Smoke-Free Effort
WBIW.com - October 9, 2013

The Bedford City Council Tuesday night defeated a proposal for a tobacco-free city. The ordinance failed 4-3. Council President Byron Buker, Mark Scherschel, Adele Bowden-Purlee and Judy Carlisle voted against it. Pat Robbins, Michele Murphy and Julie Hewetson voted in favor.

Supreme Court weighs arguments in smoking-ban case
Indianapolis Business Journal - October 4, 2013

The Indiana Supreme Court will decide whether the city of Evansville gets to exempt the only casino in town from a law that bans smoking nearly everywhere else. At issue in part is whether one business or industry can make enough money to be exempted from rules that apply to all others. The decision could have repercussions in communities throughout the state. An attorney representing Evansville bars and private clubs which are subject to the smoking ban told the Supreme Court on Thursday that the Evansville ordinance violates the Indiana Constitutions equal privileges clause, which limits opportunities for one group that arent extended to others.

State Supreme Court justices question exempting casino from smoking ban
Evansville Courier & Press - October 4, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS Two Evansville appeals cases were before the Indiana Supreme Court on Thursday. The justices heard arguments related to citys indoor smoking ban and to how a contract was awarded for the renovation of the building that now houses the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp.s administrative offices. At issue in the smoking ban ordinance is whether the city can exempt the Tropicana Evansville riverboat casino.

Cheryl Matthews: Ad campaign's message is clear: quit smoking
Muncie Star-Press - October 4, 2013

I hope everyone in Delaware County has seen the Tips From Former Smokers tobacco prevention commercials now playing on television, radio, in newspapers and on billboards. These ads show real people telling real stories, giving voice to more than 8 million Americans who are suffering from smoking-related chronic diseases. They are hard-hitting and emotionally compelling. But they are exactly the kinds of commercials that are proven to support smokers to try to quit.

Ind. Decision - "Supreme Court to review two Evansville cases Will hear arguments on city's smoking ban, EVSC's central office"
indianalawblog.com - October 2, 2013

As noted in Monday's "ILB Upcoming Oral Arguments", "The Indiana Supreme Court will hear arguments Thursday in the appeals of two Evansville cases." Mark Wilson's story in the Evansville Courier & Press continues: In the first, the court will review rulings by a Vanderburgh County judge and the Indiana Court of Appeals upholding the city of Evansvilles indoor smoking ban. The five-member court will listen to oral arguments in that case from 9 to 9:40 a.m. Also before the high court Thursday, is the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp.s appeal of an Indiana Court of Appeals ruling in a lawsuit by contractors who objected to how a contract was awarded to renovate the building now housing the EVSC administration. Oral arguments in that case will be from 10:30 to 11:10 a.m. The story goes on to provide background to the two pending cases.

Indiana Supreme Court to review two Evansville cases ($$)
Evansville Courier & Press - October 1, 2013

The Indiana Supreme Court will hear arguments Thursday in the appeals of two Evansville cases. A 2006 indoor smoking ban in Evansville allowed it to continue in bars and private ... ending all business exemptions except for the Tropicana Evansville casino. ... exemptions for bars and taverns, private clubs, tobacco stores and casinos.

University has no policy for electronic cigarettes
Purdue Exponent - October 1, 2013

Disconnect between health officials and policy makers are to blame for the persistent lack of policies and legislation regulating electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs, on Purdue's campus. Non-smokers advocating legislation regulating the use of tobacco products seem to be teaming with health officials to promote awareness for the importance of similar regulations against e-cigs.

Editorial: Put the e-smokes in their place
Journal and Courier - September 27, 2013

E-cigarettes, quickly finding a place in the market as they become more affordable, take secondhand smoke out of the equation. But they still deliver addictive ...

Electronic cigarettes should be regulated for Purdue facilities
Purdue Exponent - September 26, 2013

Electronic cigarettes are increasingly being used indoors, but that doesn't mean they should be legal to use inside Purdue facilities. Cigarette laws in the U.S. ...

Smoking ranks as the number one cause of COPD
Goshen (IN) News - September 25, 2013

In June, the American Lung Association released a disheartening report about the rise of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in women. The report showed that women are 37 percent more likely to have COPD than men and account for more than half of all d

Eminence students pledge to stay tobacco free during high school
Reporter-Time - September 25, 2013

In loving memory of her late husband, Polly Amy recently addressed the freshman class of Eminence Jr./Sr. High School to explain a unique scholarship ...

OUR VIEW: Smoking a problem for BSU's neighbors, but there is a solution
Muncie Star Press - September 22, 2013

building. There you'll find smokers lighting up. It's not a convenient place to smoke, but it's where smokers congregate because the university has rightfully banned all smoking ...

Dealing with addiction
Muncie Star Press - September 22, 2013

... was responsible for driving her off campus because of the decision to make the campus smoke free. Ball State does not drive people off campus to smoke, the addiction to ...

Campus smoking ban pushes smokers onto private property
Daily Caller - September 19, 2013

Not content with banning smoking on all outdoor university property, ... Ball State University's smoking ban is resulting in noise, litter and a traffic hazard in an ...

No fines issued yet for Ball State smoking ban
Ball State Daily News - September 17, 2013

A smoker holds their cigarette in a spot off campus to abide by the smoking ban legislation. The University Police Department has received six complaints due to ...

Ball State smoking ban shifts the problem
Indianapolis Star - September 16, 2013

MUNCIE Ball State Universitys smoking ban is resulting in noise, litter and a traffic hazard in an adjacent residential neighborhood.

BSU tickets smokers for littering
Muncie Star Press - September 16, 2013

Ball State University's smoking ban is resulting in noise, litter, and a traffic hazard in an adjacent residential neighborhood.

Allow smoking in bars' outdoor areas
Indianapolis Star - September 12, 2013

While working at an event recently in Downtown Indianapolis, I heard this question asked most by visitors from other cities and countries: Where in this city can a person go to have a drink and a cigarette and just relax? I understand that there are non-smokers out there, but what about the rights of smokers? We have already been kicked out of bars and restaurants, which I understand, but why cant we sit outside, have a drink and smoke? How could we possibly pollute the city with our smoking, when the factories pollute more than one cigarette. Please rethink this law before the Super Bowl vote.

Indiana's smoke-free law should include casinos
Indianapolis Star - September 7, 2013

Most tribal casinos are also not smoke free. ... We owe it to casino employees and others involuntarily trapped in these environments to press for more legislative ...

Fox and Hound Pub in Carmel goes smoke-free
Indianapolis Star - September 6, 2013

There are only three restaurants were patrons can still smoke: Nippers, Old Carmel Tavern, and Fox and Hound. Saturday, August 11, 2012. Danese Kenon/The ...

Longtime restaurant closes today
The Herald Argus - August 31, 2013

La PORTE Leslee Rose's earliest memories of the Western Inn were of spinning around on its bar stools, her father and grandfather at her sides, her tiny hands occasionally grasping cheese crackers to eat. About the Western Inn's closing, Larry said the trouble started during the Great Recession. Business started to go down in 2008 and it was made worse when the new smoking laws came out in 2012. He said businesses like his, which serve families and smokers, lost between 20 and 50 percent of business. Even though he had a non-smoking area separated by a kitchen from the bar, it still entailed restrictions on minors.

Bowen Center offices win tobacco-free awards ($$)
KPCnews.com - August 14, 2013

WARSAW Two of Bowen Centers newest satellite offices are being recognized for their efforts to combat tobacco use, the organization said. Bowen Center offices in Auburn and Angola are two of eight health care facilities to receive Rural Indiana Smoke-Free Environment (R.I.S.E.) awards for strong tobacco-free policies, according to the Indiana Rural Health Association.

City council looking at smoke shops
WTHI - August 8, 2013

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - The Terre Haute City Council is addressing safety concerns. Their final meeting of the month took aim at smoke shops in the area. In the past we've told you about a new ordinance regarding tobacco paraphernalia sold in city limits and how the council thinks it would keep illegal drugs off the streets. The ordinance looks to add smoke shops to the list of adult stores. Normally when you hear adult stores you may think pornography.

New smoking study doesn't clear the air
The Statehouse File - August 8, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS Advocates for smoking bans that include bars and restaurants are urging local Indiana communities and state lawmakers to make bars, restaurants and casinos smoke-free after the release of a study that shows that doing so would likely not harm the restaurant and bar industry. But groups that represent bars, taverns and others that are licensed to sell alcoholic beverages say they still oppose statewide smoking bans that include bars where people must be 21 or older to enter.

New Report: Statewide Smokefree Law Would Not Hurt Indiana ...
Watch List News (press release) - August 8, 2013

Smokefree restaurant and bar laws are good for health, and a new study published in the scientific journal Preventing Chronic Disease reports that an Indiana smokefree law would not harm the restaurant and bar industry. This finding is based on an analysis of data from local jurisdictions in nine states, including Indiana.

Cigar bars aren't just blowing smoke in terms of Indianapolis popularity
Indianapolis Star - August 6, 2013

Nearly 20 years after the retro-hipsters in Swingersput young Americans in the mood for a classic martini and the slow-paced pleasure of a stogie the cigar bar is back.

Indiana Smoke-Free Law Not an Economic Strain for Businesses
LaPorteCountyLife.com - August 2, 2013

Hoosier restaurant owners can breathe a fresh sigh of relief in a new study released by the Center for Disease Control. Studies in Indiana along with eight other states concluded that no significant association between smoke-free laws and employment or sales exists.

Grant to increase smoking cessation efforts
Muncie Star Press - July 30, 2013

MUNCIE Efforts by the Delaware County Health Department to create more tobacco-free environments will continue through 2015, thanks to funding from the ...

Smoke clears on smoking ban ($$)
Chronicle-Tribune - July 20, 2013

A little more than one year since the smoking ban took effect in Indiana area ... The bill banned smoking inside public places and places of employment, as well ...

Tippecanoe County Fair goes tobacco-free
WLFI.com - July 10, 2013

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Smokers put away your cigarettes if you're headed to the fairgrounds. The Tippecanoe County 4-H Fair will be ...

Let's widen smoking ban
Kokomo Tribune - July 9, 2013

Its too bad Indiana lawmakers tacked so many exemptions to the statewide smoking ban that went into effect a year ago July 1. Nevertheless, the law represents a step forward for the health of all Hoosiers. But it's time Howard County implements a county-wide smoking ban one ... a drop in the rate of heart attacks in the year after smoking bans were adopted.

Hello, hookahs: Damask owner puts exotic smokes outside eatery
Muncie (IN) Star-Press - July 7, 2013

Cafe Damask, which serves authentic Mediterranean cuisine, now offers outdoor hookah smoking. ... "While many hookah smokers may consider this practice less harmful than smoking cigarettes, hookah smoking carries many of the same health risks as cigaret ...

Council turns down smoking ban in parks
LaPorte (IN) Herald-Argus - July 4, 2013

La PORTE -- City council members voted down the smoking ban in city parks on Monday night. "Personally, I am not for smoking in the city parks, but I don't believe you can legislate this against people," said Councilman Cary Kirkham.

Most Indiana. businesses adhere to smoking ban
WTHI - July 2, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (AP) - State officials say only a tiny percentage of businesses covered by Indiana's first statewide smoking ban have been cited for violations in the year since the law took effect.

Businesses, customers adjust to statewide smoking ban
South Bend Tribune - July 2, 2013

It's now been a year since a statewide smoking ban took effect in Indiana no more lighting up in restaurants, bowling alleys or at the office. Businesses that ...

One year later business booming after statewide smoking ban
WANE - July 2, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (WANE) - It has been one year since many businesses in the state of Indiana went smoke free. Some were fearful the new law would impact business. One business with a big concern was Richards Restaurant in Columbia City. Click here to see the original story. For years it had both smoking and non-smoking sections. Smokers NewsChannel 15 talked with there were not happy. "Well it's freedom of choice, they're taking it away from us. What's next? Probably won't be able to chew gum after awhile," smoker Harold Waldeck said. NewsChannel checked in with Richards Restaurant on the one year anniversary of the statewide smoking ban. Manager Karen Schnorr said the ban has helped everyone's sales. "Business has been up and I've seen customers we've not seen for three to five years that will come in now sometimes two and three times a week," Richards Restaurant Manager Karen Schnorr explained.

One Year Anniversary of Vigo Co. Clean Air Ordinance
MyWabashValley - July 1, 2013

Monday marks the one year anniversary of the Vigo County smoking ban. The Clean Indoor Air Ordinance prohibits smoking in bars, restaurants and private clubs. Just a couple of businesses in town reported a loss of regular business due to the smoking ban. But more establishments say they were affected positively -- and have even seen new business because of the cleaner air.

BRISTOL: Smoke free celebration
Crawfordsville (IN) Journal Review - June 28, 2013

It’s a celebration this weekend for the health of all Hoosiers. Indiana continues to move closer to becoming a tobacco-free state. Since July 1, 2012 every county in Indiana has a smoke-free air law. That means more Hoosiers are protected from the danger ...

New smoking ordinance approved in Warrick Co.
14 News WFIE Evansville - June 26, 2013

Smokers in Warrick County are going to have to take a few steps back before lighting up. County commissioners approved a new ordinance that requires ...

Non-smoking effort Pot vote erases other good news
HeraldNet - June 26, 2013

An article in this week's paper stated that the percentage of smokers in the U. S. had dropped to 18 percent. Also included in the article was the fact that smoking ...

Ind. Supreme Court to consider city's smoking ban
The Tribune - June 25, 2013

EVANSVILLE, Indiana — The Indiana Supreme Court will consider arguments that Evansville's smoking ban is illegal because of its exemption for the city's ...

State Supreme Court to consider city's smoking ban
Post-Tribune - June 25, 2013

EVANSVILLE (AP) — The Indiana Supreme Court will consider arguments that Evansville's smoking ban is illegal because of its exemption for the city's riverboat ...

Editorial: Time has come for strong smoking ban
The Tribune - June 24, 2013

A cut in Indiana's recently adopted biennial budget is expected to reduce funding to help local health officials combat tobacco use among Jackson County's ...

Some local bar owners still fighting smoking ban
14 News WFIE Evansville - June 24, 2013

A Madisonville man is arrested after officers stop him for speeding. It happened just before midnight Monday night on Nebo Road in Madisonville.

Smoke-free ordinance fails to be read
Washington Times Herald - June 24, 2013

WASHINGTON — Smoke Free Washington's efforts to convince members of the city council to ban smoking in all work places failed on Monday night, even as ...

Indiana Supreme Court will review tavern owners' challenge to ...
Evansville Courier & Press - June 24, 2013

The city's previous bans allowed smoking to continue in bars and private clubs as well as the casino, but an updated ban that took effect in April 2012 eliminated ...

LaPorte weighs smoking ban in city parks
nwitimes.com - June 22, 2013

LAPORTE | Officials are giving serious thought to a ban on smoking in La Porte ... "We have a lot of adults who do smoke and they may not want to be banned," ...

LaPorte ponders park smoking ban
South Bend Tribune - June 20, 2013

LAPORTE -- City officials are giving serious thought to a ban on smoking in the ... "We have a lot of adults who do smoke and they may not want to be banned," ...

Grant Establishes KC Tobacco Free Coalition
Stacey Page Online - June 19, 2013

Dan Gray, from the Wabash County Tobacco Free Coalition, worked in Kosciusko County the last two years to consider the need for the grant in the county and ...

Law bans minors from buying electronic cigarettes
Reporter-Times - June 17, 2013

Minors will no longer be able to buy electronic cigarettes under a law that will take effect July 1. House Bill 1225 — enacted by the General Assembly this spring ...

Commission recants statements
Warrick Publishing - June - June 13, 2013

Despite comments made by the Warrick County Commissioners to The Standard two weeks ago regarding the likeness of the county’s new smoking ordinance to the one in Vanderburgh County, the proposed changes will only affect county-owned buildings. …

Society giving mixed messages about marijuana and tobacco ($$)
Times-Mail (subscription) - June 8, 2013

For first time, majority in U.S. supports public smoking ban. That was the headline in July 2011 as cigarette bans swept the country. In 2000, just one major U.S. city banned smoking at work sites, restaurants and bars. As of last year, ...

Smoking issue on table
Warrick Publishing - June 5, 2013

Warrick County officials could be tightening state laws regarding smoking in public places. Last July, the Indiana Statewide Smoke-Free Air Law prohibited smoking in ... The law exempts bars, taverns, horse racing tracks, casinos, nonprofit clubs, ... However, Warrick County Commissioner Rick Reid is pushing for tighter regulations, akin to what Vanderburgh County has put into place, which prohibits smoking in public places, including restaurants and bars.

Indy's ban on electronic cigarettes is absurd
Indianapolis Star - June 5, 2013

I've spent more than a week on the phone with members of our City-County Council in some naive hope that reasonable arguments could persuade. I am less ...

Ball State smoking and health
Muncie (IN) Star Press - June 2, 2013

I was in Muncie this past graduation weekend and bought a Star Press early Saturday morning. The first article I read informed me that six of the seven members of Ball States Board of Trustees voted to ban outdoor smoking on campus with the dissenting vote coming from the sole Ball family member on the board. The only legal smoking permitted on campus is in ones car with the windows rolled up. A board more conscious of the health of the 15 percent of the students and 24 percent of Ball States employees who smoke, according to the article, would insist they smoke in the parking lots outside their cars with the doors shut and the windows rolled up.

Previously exempt bars, clubs move forward under new, tougher restrictions ($$)
The Republic - June 1, 2013

Tim Gilham, owner of The Cozy Lounge, decided to make the start of the citys comprehensive smoking ban today an opportunity for promotion.

One Year Later, Bars Still Fighting Indy's Smoking Ban
93.1 WIBC Indianapolis - June 1, 2013

The bars are appealing the denial of an injunction on the smoking ban with the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. Mark Small, attorney for the bars ...

Indianapolis smoking ban approaches first anniversary
Fox 59 - May 30, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS The advocacy group Smoke Free Indy has two announcements planned for Thursday, as the one year anniversary of the Indianapolis-Marion County restaurant smoking ban approaches.

One year after expanded Indianapolis smoking ban, advocates cite widespread support
Indianapolis Star - May 30, 2013

Advocates who pushed successfully for an expanded smoking ban covering Indianapolis bars today touted two studies that show improved air quality in affected businesses and show wide public support for the new restrictions.

4-H considers smoke-free campus
pharostribune.com - May 20, 2013

The 4-H fairground may consider going smoke-free in time for the county fair. Members of the fair board heard a presentation last week from the tobacco cessation group of Better Health of Cass County about the health effects of second-hand smoke. Board members said they may vote on the measure at their May 28 meeting. Currently, smoking is prohibited in the buildings or barns.

State cheats efforts to stop smoking
Muncie Star Press – May 17, 2013

More than 1,500 Hoosier children just received an early death sentence from the Indiana Legislature. By slashing the state budget for tobacco prevention and cessation by 38 percent, our lawmakers told us that the health and future of our children isn’t important. …

Just weeks away, smoking ban will be anticlimactic ($$)
The Republic - May 12, 2013

IN a little over two weeks, the ever-evolving ban on smoking in the city of Columbus will have reached its ultimate level a comprehensive prohibition on indoor smoking in all businesses, save for those located in private homes. The June 1 deadline for all affected businesses including bars and private clubs to be in compliance with the ordinance adopted Dec. 4 of last year will be something of an anti-climatic moment. According to representatives of the Reach Healthy Communities organization, there are less than 13 businesses or organizations in the city that currently permit smoking.

Approved tobacco ban to increase smoking fine
Ball State Daily News - May 13, 2013

The Board of Trustees approved a new policy on May 3 that will ban smoking and smokeless tobacco except in cars with windows up or during tailgating events. The ban will be enforced by a fine of $100, double the current amount. ...

In cutting tobacco prevention funding, General Assembly says health of kids isn't important
Indianapolis Star - May 10, 2013

More than 1,500 Hoosier children just received an early death sentence from the Indiana legislature. By slashing the state budget for tobacco prevention and cessation by 38 percent, our lawmakers told us that the health and future of our children are not important. According to the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, the loss of $3 million in funding will result in an additional 4,450 Hoosier children growing up to be addicted adult smokers. More than 1,500 of those will die prematurely due to smoking related illnesses.

Ball State trustees approve campus-wide smoking ban
WANE-May May 6, 2013

The school banned smoking in residence halls in 1993, smoking from all buildings in 1998 and banned smoking within 30 feet of the entrances to campus ...

ISU aims to make employees healthier, curb insurance costs
Terre Haute (IN) Tribune-Star - May 5, 2013

Next year, Indiana State University employees who smoke or use other tobacco products could face a $1,200 per year surcharge if they have university health insurance. Also, employees who voluntarily agree to health screenings and health risk assessments ...

Ball State to go smoke free Aug. 1
Fox 59-May 3, 2013

The Board of Trustees voted Thursday to eliminate designated smoking areas. Tobacco will only be allowed in tailgating areas during home football games.

Dan Carpenter: Tobacco industry pours it on while Indiana cuts back
Indianapolis (IN) Star - April 30, 2013

Today, Feldman uses different terms ... Like irresponsible. Pitiful. ... "We have over $500 million available from tobacco taxes and the settlement money each year, and we are spending less than one percent," he said after the Indiana General Assembly cut

Tobacco trouble
Muncie (IN) Star-Press April 30, 2013

Now theres no smoking in public. So why are containers sitting around to put the butts in? Theyre really pretty, dont you think? I see people walking down the street smoking. What then? Im sure this little old lady will never tell on them. If theyre so bent on not smoking, why doesnt the government stop supporting tobacco? Then there would be no more, right? Guess what? I see a problem ahead. Bet on it.

Letter: Anti-smoking strategies wise, healthy investment
The Republic - April 26, 2013

Over 80 percent of Hoosiers had their first cigarette before their 18th birthday. One in three will become lifelong smokers. Kids who smoke say that their primary reasons for smoking are looking cool, help(s) dealing with stress, friends do it and people in my family smoke. (Zollinger, Saywell & Hillman, 2005).

Stricter county smoking rules snuffed out ($$)
Daily Journal - April 25, 2013

A stricter smoking ban for Johnson County, which was repealed before it ever took effect, isnt coming back. The county commissioners said business owners should be able to decide whether to allow smoking for themselves. The board briefly passed a countywide ban that would prohibit smoking in all public places in November before repealing it in December so that two new commissioner to consider the issue. But those two new commissioners said it is not necessary to add new restrictions greater than current state law, which bans smoking in most businesses and public buildings. ...

Minimal smoke-free violations in Vigo Co., offenders face excise police
MyWabashValley-April 24, 2013

Vigo County's smoke-free ordinance went into effect the same day as the state's law did in July 2012, and we're told there haven't been many violations reported ...

Indiana should use tobacco settlement money to help prevent smoking
Indianapolis Star - April 22, 2013

Indiana has made a great deal of progress to reduce tobacco use. A lot of this can be attributed to the great work done with prevention and cessation from the Master Settlement Agreement funds. Indiana is scheduled to receive $131 million this year from the settlement agreement. I see that some legislators want to cut the tobacco prevention and cessation program to $4 million. If we want to continue to assist smokers with quitting and prevent our children from smoking, we must continue to fund the programs at the current level of $8 million ...

Boys & Girls Clubs members petition state for smoke-free air
nwitimes.com - April 20, 2013

Members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County-Duneland Units VOICE group spent a day in Indianapolis to petition lawmakers on smoke-free policy. The club members visited the Indiana State Capitol Building with other youth from across the state who participates in VOICE.

OUR VIEW: Restore funding to tobacco prevention efforts
Muncie (IN) Star Press - April 19, 2013

... Indiana has had great success in reducing tobacco use. According to Feldman, since 2001, adult smoking decreased by 22 percent, middle school smoking by 58 percent, and high school smoking ...

Study: Half of Indiana smokers tried to quit in 2011
Indianapolis Star – April 15, 2013

MERRILLVILLE, IND. — Indiana has the nation’s seventh-highest percentage of smokers, with more than a quarter of the state’s population smoking, but more than half of those people tried to quit in 2011, according to a study. …

Howard County Considering Comprehensive Smoking Ban
Indiana Public Media - April 5, 2013

Howard County officials have restarted discussions of a comprehensive countywide smoking ban. Such a move would remove exemptions from the ban currently enjoyed by bars and taverns. Currently, Howard County follows the state’s smoking ban – one even its authors fretted was too riddled with exemptions when it passed last year. …

Tobacco Free Indiana concerned about possible funding cuts
Fox 59 - April 4, 2013

Hoosiers are having a tough time trying to kick their smoking habit. A Ball State study found more than half of all smokers in the state tried to quit at least one time ...

Countywide smoking ban could happen
Kokomo Perspective - April 2, 2013

The city of Kokomo passed a partial smoking ban in 2006. The state followed with its own partial ban last year. Today, smoking is not allowed in most indoor public spaces in Indiana. But there is a push to do more. According to Shirley Dubois, Howard County Tobacco Coalition Coordinator, her organization is advocating a full smoking ban, which would eliminate the practice in private clubs, bars, and taverns, which currently are exempt. …

Smoking ban could be expanded
Kokomo Tribune - April 1, 2013

Kokomo ­ Howard County officials are considering a county-wide smoking ban in an effort to level the playing field for all businesses. There has been a smoking ban in Kokomo since 2006 which exempts tobacco outlets, bars and taverns and fraternal organizations. …

Smoking alternatives not so free
Shelbyville (IN) News - March 30, 2013

During the more than 20 years of anti-smoking health campaigns and legislation aimed at reducing the number of adult smokers in the country, tobacco companies have not been idle. There are new, smokeless nicotine products available today marketed as alternatives for use in smoke-free environments. Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, and dissolvable tobacco products deliver nicotine without the mess, smell, smoke or some of the health risks associated with cigarettes and other smoking tobaccos. …

BURNED OUT? Funding for state's tobacco prevention program cut
Muncie Star Press - March 24, 2013

It’s a sad story. In 1999, the General Assembly displayed great wisdom in enacting legislation that allocated $35 million annually from Indiana’s portion of the National Tobacco Settlement for a comprehensive state tobacco-prevention program. …

County fair to go 'smoke-free'
Salem Leader - March 22, 2013

The Washington County Fair is going smoke-free. That decision was made by the Washington County Commissioners during their meeting Tuesday, March 19. …

Don't slash efforts to reduce smoking
Indianapolis Star - March 20, 2013

Last year, we passed a smoke free law to protect more Hoosier workers than ever before from the cancer causing toxins found in secondhand smoke. However ...

The Downtown Goes Smoke-Free
Stacey Page Online-March 19, 2013

"Basically, the smoke was getting so bad and due to other (establishments) going smoke-free, we made the decision to do the same. We want to reach out to our ...

Family Sports Center now tobacco free
Journal and Courier-March 20, 2013

"We want to change the environment that the kids are growing up in,"  said Jenna Strahm, coordinator of the Tobacco Free Partnership of Tippecanoe County, ...

Let It Out
Indianapolis Star - March 18, 2013

… My next casino trip takes me past Shelbyville and on to Cincinnati. Why? It's smoke-free! Why is it the drop boxes at post offices now have slots that ...

Businesses say they'll appeal judge's ruling on smoking ban
Fox 59 - March 14, 2013

A group of business owners plans to appeal a ruling upholding the state smoking ban. The restaurant and bar owners say they will head back to court to fight the ...

Smoking ban: Federal court decision upholding Indianapolis ...
Indianapolis Star - March 13, 2013

A federal court ruling last week that upheld the Indianapolis smoking ban will be appealed, according to an attorney representing bar owners and customers ...

COMMUNITY COMMENT: Eliminate inequality in smoking ban
Evansville Courier & Press - March 9, 2013

The city smoking ban does not protect adults or children from second hand smoke nor does it make Evansville a better place to live. Rather, it has moved adult activities that formerly occurred behind closed doors and shoved it into the faces of our neighborhood children and residents. To minimize revenue losses, many of us built outdoor facilities to accommodate adult smokers. That means that our children are now subject to adult activities such as drinking alcohol, smoking, and adult language that formerly happened behind closed doors. Take a look and see how many school bus stops are near local taverns and clubs. How is that better for our children? …

Coalition urges Wayne Township to go completely smoke free
Fox 59 - March 8, 2013

The Smoke Free Indy Coalition urges Wayne Township residents to “join the movement to save lives.” hris [sic] Hawkins is a Tobacco Health Educator with the ...

City-County Council Democrats tout smoking ban, other successes
Indianapolis Star - March 8, 2013

… The statement, which highlights successful efforts including an expanded smoking ban and a Complete Streets ordinance, was released the same day as Republican Mayor Greg Ballard was set to deliver his …

Saywell, R.M.; Zollinger, T.W.; Lewis, C.K.; Jay, S.J.; Spitznagle, M.H., "A model for estimating the economic impact of secondhand smoke exposure: a study in Indiana," Journal of Public Health Management and Practice [Epub ahead of print], March 6, 2013.

OBJECTIVE: This study estimated the economic cost of health services and premature loss-of-life costs from secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure in Indiana.

DESIGN AND SETTING: Costs of SHS-related mortality and morbidity were estimated using national attributable risk values for diseases that are causally related to SHS exposure both for adults and children. Estimated direct costs included hospital inpatient costs, loss-of-life costs, and ambulatory care costs where available, based on the most currently available Indiana hospital discharge data, vital statistics, census data, and nationally published research.

PARTICIPANTS: Attributable risk values were applied to the number of deaths and hospital discharges in Indiana in 2008 and 2010, respectively, to estimate the number of individuals impacted by SHS exposure. All cost estimates were adjusted to 2010 US dollar values.

RESULTS: The direct cost of health care and premature loss of life in Indiana attributed to SHS was estimated to be $1.3 billion in 2010-$237.8 million in health care costs and $879.0 million in premature loss of life for adults and $89.4 million in health care costs and $98.6 million in premature loss of life for children. The estimated population for Indiana in 2010 was 6 483 802 resulting in SHS-related costs of $201 per capita.

DISCUSSION: This study demonstrated a model that could be used to estimate the costs of health care and premature mortality from exposure to SHS at a state or local level. These data may be used to support the education of the public, community leaders, and state policy makers regarding the magnitude of the problem and the compelling need to implement interventions to better protect the health of citizens and their economic prosperity.

Commissioners increase smoking restrictions outside the RCCFO
Winchester News Gazette - March 5, 2013

The Randolph County Board of Commissioners Monday gave preliminary approval of a stricter no smoking regulation for the Randolph Center for Family ...

Less funding to help kick the habit?
Proposed state cut would affect Tobacco Free St. Joseph County
South Bend Tribune - March 8, 2013

…Though already underfunded by federal standards, money for tobacco prevention and cessation programs in Indiana -- like the one Sigg utilized -- could take a large cut in the 2014 and 2015 budgets. During the 2012 and 2013 fiscal years, Indiana spent $8,051,037 on the Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Program, according to the approved budget. That amount will be cut to $5 million for 2014 and 2015 if the Indiana Senate approves the House-originated bill. As support for kicking his tobacco habit, Sigg used the Tobacco Free St. Joseph County program, which is grant-funded and headed by Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, according to tobacco education coordinator Jill Sabo. The program could see up to 30 percent of its $353,000 budget cut if the changes are approved, she said Wednesday. …

Bar owners appeal smoking ban
WISH - March 7, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Indianapolis bar owners lost the first round of their battle to end the city smoking ban, but their attorney told 24-Hour News 8 the fight is ... But Thursday, the Indy Tavern League's attorney, Mark Small, told 24-Hour News 8 he has filed a notice of appeal. He says he'll take the case to the seventh circuit court in Chicago and if they lose there, he intends to take it to the U.S. Supreme Court. …

City Smoking Ban Holds Up in Court
Inside INdiana Business (press release) - March 7, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Smoke Free Indy is pleased that the smoke-free ordinance passed last year by the Indianapolis-Marion County City-County Council has been upheld by a federal judge. …

Court upholds Indianapolis smoking ban, bar owners likely to appeal
Fox 59 - March 7, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS ­ Several Indianapolis business owners will likely appeal a recent decision that upheld the City's smoking ban, according to their attorney. …

Mitchell City Council Plans To Make Persimmon Festival Tobacco-Free
WBIW.com - March 7, 2013

(MITCHELL) - Mitchell City Council will determine at their April meeting if smoking will be allowed at the Persimmon Festival. Mayor Gary Pruett explained to the council that Karin DuBois, the tobacco prevention coordinator for Hoosier Uplands, requested the city look at making the festival tobacco free. … City attorney Byron Steele told the council he would draft an ordinance to make the festival tobacco-free and present it to the council at their April meeting.

Judge turns away challenge to smoking ordinance
Indianapolis Business Journal - March 6, 2013

A federal judge has denied a challenge to a smoking ordinance passed last year by the Indianapolis-Marion County City-County Council. A group that includes 10 Indianapolis bar owners who are challenging the public smoking restrictions asked the court for an injunction to stop the city from enforcing the ordinance. … In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Richard L. Young said "there is a rational basis to conclude that the smoking ordinance protects all people ­ owners, employees and patrons alike ­ from the harm of secondhand smoke."

Court Upholds City's Smoking Ban
93.1 WIBC Indianapolis - March 6, 2013

A group of 10 bar owners filed an injunction to stop the ban, claiming the ban hurt business. The group claimed their business had dropped as much as 60-percent after the ban took effect. …

Indianapolis smoking ban upheld
WISH - March 6, 2013

Wilson said the smoking ban has put nearly a dozen bars out of business. He said he can't go out of business. He has three employees who need jobs.

Federal judge upholds Indianapolis' stricter smoking ban
WRTV Indianapolis - March 6, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS - A federal judge has ruled against bar owners who had challenged Indianapolis' stricter smoking ban. The expanded ban went into effect last ...

Judge refuses to block Indianapolis' smoking ban
Indianapolis Star – March 6, 2013

... the ban argued it is arbitrary and that cigar smoking produces secondhand smoke "just as cigarette smoking does; thus, the city's exemption for cigar bars and hookah bars is ...

Bar owners fight to reverse smoking ban
WISH-TV Channel 8 (Indianapolis, IN) –“ Mar 5, 2013

Frustrated Marion County bar and tavern owners continue their fight to overturn the smoking ban, which went into effect July 1 of last year. A lawsuit was filed in Federal Court in May. A hearing was held in October. And while you haven't heard much a

Disagreement Over Smoking Ban Impact on Bars
Tristatehomepage.com-March 5, 2013

Owner John Higgins says a combination of the smoking ban, poor economic conditions, and a decision to focus on other business interests led to the closing.

State cuts funding for anti-tobacco campaigns
Muncie Star Press - February 24, 2013

The Delaware County Health Department will have to rely more on local residents to sustain their anti-smoking efforts rather than government dollars. The Indiana State Department of Health has announced a $3 million cut for smoking cessation programs across the state, providing $5 million total to county departments of health. …

VFW POST 2953, et al, v. CITY OF EVANSVILLE (PDF)
IN.gov (Official Website of the state of Indiana) - Feb 15, 2013

The Fraternal Organizations did not show that the Ordinance violates Article 1, Section 23 or Article 1, Section 9 of the Indiana Constitution. The trial court did not err in denying Fraternal Organizations' request for a declaratory judgment. ...

Evansville Smoking Ban Upheld
Tristatehomepage.com-February 15, 2013

Evansville Smoking Ban Upheld ... smoking ban. Several bars and fraternal organizations filed suit against the city last year, after it passed the ban. The bars say ...

Indiana Court of Appeals upholds local judge's decision in ...
Evansville Courier & Press-February 15, 2013

The private clubs and tavern owners claimed that the smoking ban violates Section 23 of the "Indiana Constitution, the Equal Privileges and Immunities Clause," ...

Ball State may ban outdoor smoking on campus
Indianapolis Star - February 9, 2013

MUNCIE -- In 1993, Ball State University banned smoking in residence halls. In 1998, smoking was eliminated from all buildings. In 2004, smoking was banned within 30 feet of the entrances ...

Indiana Bars Likely to Remain Smoke-Friendly
Cigar Aficionado - January 30, 2013

The anti-smoking legislators filed a new version of the state smoke ban in ... light up in workplaces such as bars, retail tobacco shops and the state's 13 casinos. …

City won't negotiate settlement in lawsuits opposing indoor smoking ban
Evansville (IN) Courier & Press - Jan 30, 2013

No settlement will be negotiated in lawsuits filed by owners of taverns and private clubs challenging Evansville's indoor smoking ban, the city's attorney has said. The litigation was filed in July in U.S. District Court. Although representatives of both ...

House votes to keep electronic cigarettes from minors
nwitimes.com-January 29, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana House decided Tuesday that electronic cigarettes should be treated the same as regular cigarettes and Hoosiers younger than ...

Indiana Likely to Uphold Bar Smoking Exemption
NACS Online - January 22, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS – There’s only a slim chance Indiana will expand its statewide smoking ban to encompass bars this year, the Courier-Journal reports. The bar exemption is one of the biggest exceptions when the Legislature okay the state’s first smoking ban, which started in July. …

Smokeless Smoking Vapor Lounge Opens in Bloomington
kstc45 - January 18, 2013

Smokers can puff electronic cigarettes in a new smokeless lounge in Bloomington. The Minnesota-based business Smokeless Smoking opened its first store and vapor lounge at 8563 Lyndale Ave. S. in Bloomington. The store mimics a cigar shop, said co-owner Angie Griffith. …

Legislature unlikely to toughen Indiana smoking ban
WSBT-TV - January 18, 2013

The law that took effect in July bans smoking in most indoor workplaces, including ... years before considering whether to toughen up the statewide restrictions. …

State smoking ban likely to remain unchanged this year
The Statehouse File - January 17, 2013

... smoking ban in 2012 year, which exempted bars, casinos and smoke shops. ... heavy opposition from the “big guns” of the bar, tavern, and casino industries, ...

Some look to limit smoking ban’s exemptions
WXIN-TV Fox 59 (Indiannapolis, IN) - January 11, 2013

Even though Indy’s ban prohibits smoking in bars and taverns, the state ban still allows it. Lawmakers have proposed a bill to remove those exemptions and ban smoking in bars and taverns statewide. ...

Letter: Smoking ban minor when compared to other issues
Daily Journal-January 11, 2013

At age 68, I have smoked most of my adult life. I don't recommend it as a desirable habit. You want to treat the smoking ban strictly as a matter of public health.

Businesses adapt to state smoking ban
South Bend (IN) Tribune - Jan 10, 2013

Six months later, local businesses have adapted to the statewide no-smoking ban, according to Jeff Rea, president of the Chamber of Commerce of St. Joseph County. "It's been surprisingly quiet since its adoption," Rea said Tuesday.

Smoking ban has some fans, some critics
Salem Leader - January 9, 2013

Six months after the statewide smoking ban started, restaurants are mixed on how ... The law prohibits smoking in most public places, and requires that people ...

Group wants stronger smoking ban
WISH - January 8, 2013

BOONE COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) - Anti-smoking advocates in Boone County say last year's statewide smoking ban does not go far enough. The group Smoke Free ...

Tobacco Free Indiana coalition works to decrease state smoking rate
Journal and Courier - January 8, 2013

A newly formed statewide coalition, Tobacco Free Indiana, will work to further decrease the state's smoking rate and continue fighting against efforts to weaken Indiana's smokefree law. Representatives of more than 100 local, state and national public health organizations and faith-based groups have created the coalition, members announced this afternoon in a release. …

Statewide smoking ban gets mixed reviews
WISH - January 7, 2013

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) - Indiana's first statewide smoking ban is getting mixed reviews from business owners and customers six months after its restrictions ...

Boone County group seeks smoking ban
WISH - January 3, 2013

LEBANON, Ind. (WISH) - A local task force is asking the Boone County commissioners for a county-wide smoking ban, 24-Hour News 8 news partner The ...

Fort Wayne Public Housing goes smoke-free
WANE - January 1, 2013

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - Fort Wayne Public Housing residents are starting off the new year in a smoke-free environment. Beginning Tuesday, January 1, ...

Mayor Ballard has been busy with veto pen in 2012
Indianapolis Star - December 30, 2012

… Here's a look at what Ballard vetoed this year: » An expanded smoking ban that would have added bars, bowling alleys, hotel rooms and other places to ...

CAWLEY: 'Smoke police' have been around since 2005 ($$)
Columbus (IN) Republic - December 20, 2012

I thought I had heard all the reasons opponents of the city’s anti-smoking ordinance put forth a few weeks back during the drawn-out debate on expanding the law to cover bars and private clubs. ...

Road to smoke-free city parks could be long
MyWabashValley - December 19, 2012

It looks like we won't know for a while if Terre Haute parks will go smoke free. The executive director of CHANCES for Indiana Youth stopped by the parks board meeting Wednesday night to follow up on their proposal to ban smoking in city parks. …

Criticism spurred flip-flop on Johnson County smoking ban
Indianapolis Star - December 13, 2012

GREENWOOD, Ind. ­ It was the ordinance that ended before it could start. Johnson County’s new ban on public smoking ­ one of the state’s most comprehensive by extending to all bars, restaurants and private clubs ­ was to take effect Jan. 1. That is, until the Johnson County commissioners changed their minds. …

West Noble accepts no-tobacco award
KPCnews.com - December 13, 2012

LIGONIER ­ In honor of its commitment to make all of its campuses tobacco-free, the West Noble School Corp. was recently awarded the Gary Sandifur Tobacco Free School Campus Award during a special ceremony held at West Noble High School. …

Johnson County officials repeal public smoking ordinance
Indianapolis Business Journal - December 13, 2012

Officials in a central Indiana county have repealed a local public smoking ordinance that was stricter than a statewide law the General Assembly approved earlier this year. …

Officials in Indiana county repeal smoking ban
Post-Tribune - December 13, 2012

Commissioners in Johnson County, just south of Indianapolis, voted unanimously this week to repeal the countywide ban, which had been slated to begin Jan. 5. …

Johnson County repeals smoking ban a month before it starts
Indianapolis Star - December 12, 2012

One of Indiana’s strictest smoking bans has already been snuffed out, less than a month before it was supposed to start. The three-member Johnson County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Monday to repeal a county-wide smoking ban that was supposed to go into effect Jan. 1. …

County repeals smoke ban
Daily Journal - December 12, 2012

A smoking ban that was supposed to stop smokers from lighting up in bars and private clubs across the county in the new year is off ­ for now. County officials have repealed the ban they approved in November. Instead, they want to write a new ordinance that considers the opinions of business owners, some of whom oppose the ban because they say it will hurt business. The three-member board of commissioners has not started discussing what might be included in a new ordinance. …

Johnson County Repeals Its Smoking Ban
NewsTalk 1010 WCSI - December 12, 2012

Johnson County Commissioners recently repealed the county's smoking ban that was set to go into effect at the beginning of the new year. The Johnson County ...

Differing Smoking Laws Cloud Predictions About Impact of Ohio Casinos
93.1 WIBC Indianapolis - December 12, 2012

Casino gaming floors are exempt from Indiana's smoking ban. Ohio's new casinos aren't. That could throw a wild card into the expected border war when a Cincinnati casino opens this spring, with smokers and nonsmokers crossing the state line in both directions. … Casino Association of Indiana president Mike Smith says the ability to smoke in Indiana might cushion some of the expected blow from a new competitor less than 40 miles away. …

Indiana schools looking to revise campus smoking policies
Muncie Star Press - December 11, 2012

… smoking is prohibited on campus, except in designated smoking areas. However, smoking is permitted in privately owned, closed vehicles. Bales said Ball State decided to delay its ...

Smoking Ban Passed in Columbus
NewsTalk 1010 WCSI - December 5, 2012

Come July, smoking will no longer be allowed in any businesses within Columbus City limits. That, after the City Council voted on second reading Tuesday night to approve an ordinance that bans individuals from lighting up. The measure was vigorously supported by anti-smoking advocates who worked tirelessly to stamp out the rights of the owners and operators of five bars and seven private clubs in Columbus to choose whether or not their patrons would be allowed to smoke. …

Columbus Approves New Smoking Ban
Indiana Public Media - December 5, 2012

Starting June 1, smoking will be banned in all Columbus bars and taverns. Despite a city council vote of 4-2 for the ban, some residents say they are not pleased. …

Columbus strengthens smoking ban
WISH - December 4, 2012

The Columbus City Council approved a smoking ban Tuesday night stricter than the state's - banning smoking in bars, taverns and private clubs with no exceptions. …

CHANCES Wants Terre Haute Parks Smoke Free
MyWabashValley - December 3, 2012

It's been 5 months since the City of Terre Haute went smoke free. And now residents may have to put out their cigarettes when visiting Terre Haute city parks. CHANCES for Indiana Youth have asked the board to consider making all parks smoke free.Nine cities across the state have already implemented smoke free policies at all of their parks. Terre Haute officials say the ban will help to ensure that kids have ...

City Set To Vote On Smoking Ban
NewsTalk 1010 WCSI - December 3, 2012

It's expected that the Columbus City Council will finally vote Tuesday on a smoking ban for the city that is stronger than state requirements. Our news gathering ...

Final smoke vote on agenda: City council will decide on divisive ban
Columbus (IN) Republic - December 2, 2012

The Columbus City Council will cast final votes Tuesday on whether the city should prohibit smoking in bars, taverns and private clubs and on how the council districts will be reshaped. ...

Revised smoking ban still up in air: Commissioners set no timeline for reconsidering rules
Daily Journal - November 27, 2012

The county is rethinking a ban that prohibits smoking in all bars and private clubs but needs time to figure out how or if any changes will be made. The Johnson County Board of Commissioners approved the ban this month that prohibits smoking in all public places and workplaces, including bars, private clubs and hotels, and on all county-owned or leased property. But the commissioners have agreed to reconsider the ban after local bar owners said prohibiting smoking in their businesses would stop customers from coming in. …

Indiana colleges look to revise campus smoking policies
nwitimes.com - November 27, 2012

Many of Indiana's largest universities are preparing stricter smoking rules, putting teeth behind smoke-free policies that -- to now -- have been at least partly hot ...

Smoke out: Area colleges, universities ban, discourage tobacco use
nwitimes.com - November 27, 2012

“IU Northwest was one of the first IU schools to implement this (smoke-free) policy, which took effect on our campus in August 2007,” said Emily Banas, assistant ...

Editorial: City Council demonstrated leadership in smoking ban ($$)
Columbus (IN) Republic - November 25, 2012

While the 2005 ordinance was regarded as an enormous step forward in protecting the health of the community, it was nevertheless recognized as a partial measure. Last week, the 2012 City Council finished the job. ...

Columbus Gives Initial Approval To Smoking Ban
NewsTalk 1010 WCSI - November 21, 2012

Smoking inside of all bars, taverns and private clubs will be banned inside of ... that allow smoking to continue to allow it while banning new businesses from ...

Decision: Smoke Ban - With council's OK, city's rules will be tougher than state's
Columbus (IN) Republic - Nov 19, 2012

Columbus appears ready to create an ordinance that would prohibit smoking in bars, taverns and private clubs. This new, tougher measure will be introduced at Tuesday’s Columbus City Council meeting and has enough support among the seven members to win app

Smoke gets in their ayers: Ban passes; foes irritated by council's tougher motion
Columbus (IN) Republic - Nov 21, 2012

The Columbus City Council has approved a city smoking ordinance that is stricter than the state law, banning smoking in bars, taverns and private clubs. The ordinance is the result of three months of wrangling over whether to enact a stronger city ban.

Column: Enact ban on smoking in Columbus
The Republic (IN)- November 11, 2012

THERE is a simple bottom line on the issue of a total ban on smoking in the city of Columbus. How long can city officials allow workers to enter workplaces which ...

Letting the smoke settle
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette - November 9, 2012

Certainly some residents will feel their rights are being stubbed out along with their cigarettes when a smoking ban takes effect on Jan. 1 at housing units owned by the Fort Wayne Housing Authority. But there usually are strings attached to government assistance, and for good reason. …

Council looks for compromise on smoking ban
The Republic - November 8, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ind. ­ An attempt by the Columbus City Council to strike a compromise on a comprehensive city smoking ban upset anti-smoking proponents and gained limited support from local bar owners. A standing-room-only crowd Wednesday packed the Cal Brand Meeting Room at Columbus City Hall, including eight members of the Young Marines who came in support of a tougher smoking law in the city. …

City Council Tables Smoking Ordinance
NewsTalk 1010 WCSI - November 8, 2012

The Columbus City Council once again Wednesday tabled an ordinance that would further limit smoking inside of businesses within city limits. City leaders have indicated a desire to expand upon last year's state law that banned smoking in all businesses, except for bars, tobacco shops, private clubs and a few others. … Anti-smoking advocates are pushing city council to extend the state ban and put ... Once a license is sold or transferred, smoking would then be banned in that ...

Smoke ban to back burner; City council waiting on Indianapolis
The Republic - November 6, 2012

The Columbus City Council tabled a stronger city smoking ordinance for a month to investigate the idea. Now the issue is likely to be put on hold a while longer because of a legal challenge to another city’s smoking ban. …

Johnson County Goes Smoke-free
NewsTalk 1010 WCSI - November 5, 2012

Johnson County Commissioners Monday voted to extend Indiana's state smoking law to cover the entire county. County Attorney Kathleen Hash says the law will also apply to bars in unincorporated parts of the county and in any city that does not have a more restrictive smoking ordinance. Smokers can smoke outside bars at least 8 feet from the door, unless the bar owner adopts a stricter rule. …

Johnson County passes tougher smoking law
Indianapolis Business Journal - November 5, 2012

Johnson County commissioners on Monday morning approved countywide public smoking restrictions that will take effect in January. The new ordinance prohibits smoking in all public businesses, including bars, hotels, restaurants and private clubs. It is more restrictive than previous bans passed in the cities of Franklin and Greenwood, which now will have to follow the county’s ordinance. …

Smoking ban approved in Johnson County
Indianapolis Star - November 5, 2012

Johnson County commissioners unanimously passed a smoking ban this morning that prohibits smoking in all public businesses, including bars, hotels, …

Public housing to go smoke-free
WISH - November 1, 2012

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - Residents of public housing in Fort Wayne won't be allowed to smoke in their apartments or within 20 feet of their buildings starting Jan. 1. …

Fort Wayne Housing Authority bans smoking in its buildings
News Sentinel - November 1, 2012

Effective Jan. 1, smoking will be prohibited inside apartments rented from The Fort Wayne Public Housing Authority. Residents also will be prohibited from smoking anywhere else in the buildings or within 20 feet of the buildings. …

Why are City employees smoking in City vehicles?
Frost Illustrated - October 30, 2012

Every day, I see city employees smoking in City-owned cars­police officers, City Street Department vehicles, Water Department vehicles and others. We have a lot of bars and eating places closing everyday because of the smoking ban, while we can go to other places such as Indianapolis and smoke in bars. …

Indoor workplace smoking bans garner strong support from Hoosiers
Medical Xpress - October 30, 2012

Strong support for banning smoking in indoor workplaces was found ... who are current smokers support indoor workplace smoking bans; 68 percent of former ...

Some Indianapolis bar owners challenging legality of smoke-free ...
Fox 59 - October 24, 2012

Some Indianapolis bar owners challenging legality of smoke-free ordinance in .... a member of Smoke Free Indy and an employee with the Marion County Public ...

County smoking ban: Proposed rules stricter than state's
Daily Journal - October 24, 2012

You won’t be able to light up at any local bars under a new countywide smoking ban that’s up for final approval by commissioners at their Nov. 5 meeting. The Johnson County Commissioners have preliminarily approved a countywide ban prohibiting smoking on all county-owned or leased properties and in all public places and workplaces, including bars, private clubs and hotels, according to the county auditor’s office. …

Clearing the air: Confusion clouds countywide smoking ban
Daily Journal - October 24, 2012

Two of three county commissioners did not realize a smoking ban they preliminarily approved was countywide and now may change their vote. When they voted, Commissioners Tom Kite and Troy DeHart thought only unincorporated areas of the county would be included in the ban that will prohibit smoking in all public places and workplaces, including bars. …

Smoking ban fight hits courtroom
WISH - October 24, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Bar owners took their fight against the Marion County smoking ban to court Wednesday. At the evidentiary hearing Wednesday, ...

Bar Owners Continue to Fight City's Smoking Ban
93.1 WIBC Indianapolis - October 25, 2012

Attorney Paul Ogden is representing the bar owners who are still hoping to find a way to get carved out of the city's comprehensive smoking ban that passed ...

Bar owners set for hearing in Indianapolis smoking-ban lawsuit
Indianapolis Star - October 24, 2012

The Indianapolis smoking ban puts a financial hardship on small neighborhood bars, several tavern owners testified in federal court today. …

The Star Editorial Board recommends the following candidates in Indiana House Districts in Hamilton County
Indianapolis Star - October 24, 2012

... by forging an alliance with Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, to successfully push an anti-smoking bill through the General Assembly. Although the law exempts bars and casinos, most restaurants ...

Smoking ban clears the air inside. Outside? It's a haze of confusion
Indianapolis Star – October 20, 2012

The fight over smoking rights may be moving outdoors -- following the trail of smoke. ... Four states -- Maine, Michigan, Washington and Hawaii -- and 95 municipalities prohibit any smoking in outdoor dining areas and bar patios, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation's website. …

Smoke ban deal irks bill's author
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette - October 20, 2012

A deal struck by the Indiana Attorney General’s Office to dismiss a legal challenge to the state’s new smoking restrictions law doesn’t square with the law’s intent, its main sponsor said Friday. …

Indiana smoking ban sponsor doesn't like lawsuit deal
The Courier-Journal - October 20, 2012

The law, which took effect July 1, bans smoking inside public buildings and ... He said the office didn't know of any other court challenges to the smoking ban.

Local governments expecting smaller take next year from Casino Aztar
Evansville Courier & Press - October 20, 2012

EVANSVILLE ­ Local governments are expecting their take from Casino Aztar to ... good ­ Aztar was the only one of Indiana's 12 casinos that showed revenue ... though, that the City Council exempted Aztar from the citywide smoking ban, ...

Legion dropping smoking-ban suit
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette - October 18, 2012

American Legion Post 243 in Ligonier asked a federal judge Wednesday to dismiss its lawsuit targeting the state’s new smoking ban. … The lawsuit argued that the state's new rule doesn't prohibit smoking in casinos, so there is no reason to “single out” fraternal clubs. But after a recent trial before ...

Greene County Hospital Going Smoke Free In November
Indiana Public Media - October 11, 2012

Greene County General Hospital is going smoke-free in November. Current rules allow people to smoke in the hospital's designated picnic area and parking lots ...

Let it out
Indianapolis Star - October 12, 2012

Bars may be closing because of the smoking ban, but hospitals and funeral homes are doing a great business, thanks to the ...

Smoke 'em if you got 'em
The IUSB Preface - October 9, 2012

With the smoking ban having been recently put into effect, cigarette smokers have ... There has always been a smoking ban at IU South Bend, so students on ...

Alcohol, smoking and gambling issues may return to Statehouse
The Herald Bulletin - October 7, 2012

Alcohol, cigarettes and gambling werent on the legislative agenda rolled out by Indiana House Republicans last week, but its likely theyll be back at the Statehouse again next session anyway. But Bosma warned that a bill to revamp the ban might not make it past the crucial step of getting out of committee.

Last call: Doc's closes tonight after two decades
Muncie (IN) Star-Press - October 6,

... run down an impressive list of firsts. It was the first bar to go non-smoking. It was the first to offer shuttle runs from Ball State University. It was ...

GOP introduces Statehouse agenda
nwitimes.com - October 5, 2012

… He doubts a land-based casino in Gary or a total smoking ban will become law. Democratic Leader Linda Lawson, D-Hammond, said jobs and education have ...

Smoking ban gets county's 'no' vote
The Republic - October 4, 2012

Some Columbus city officials expressed hope this week that Bartholomew County government would join them in enacting a stronger smoking ban. Sorry, no cigar, say top county officials. “We are not inclined right now to enforce anything more aggressive than what the state has already done,” County Commissioners President Larry Kleinhenz said. …

Columbus City Council Tables Smoking Ban Vote
Indiana Public Media - October 3, 2012

The Columbus City Council tabled a vote to enforce a smoking ban that would include bars, ... The smoking ban will come before the council again in November.

City Council To Vote On Smoking Ban, Budget Tuesday
NewsTalk 1010 WCSI - October 3, 2012

City Council member Jim Lienhoop told the paper the city's law would ban smoking in bars and restaurants, outdoor dining areas and all outdoor city transit ...

Smoke here, but not there: Smoking banned in parks, not on trails ...
Daily Journal - October 3, 2012

The Greenwood City Council voted 8-1 Monday to extend the city's ban to all city-owned property except for streets, trails and sidewalks. Smoking was banned ...

Lawrence Smoking Ban Takes Effect
Inside INdiana Business (press release) - October 1, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Bars in Lawrence will be smoke-free Oct. 1 when an ... The ordinance, which was supported by Smoke Free Indy, closely mirrors one ...

Indianapolis Suburb Institutes Extended Smoking Ban
Indiana Public Media - October 1, 2012

An extended smoking ban is now in effect in Lawrence, an “excluded city” just outside of Indianapolis. The smoking ban, which went into effect Monday, mirrors ...

City Council To Vote On Smoking Ban, Budget Tuesday
NewsTalk 1010 WCSI - October 1, 2012

A first vote on a tougher city smoking ordinance and a final vote on next year's budget is on the agenda for Tuesday's Columbus City Council meeting. …

Zollinger, T.W.; Saywell, R.M., Jr.; Robinson, J.J.; Jay, S.J.; Spitznagle, M.H., "Effect of personal characteristics on individual support for indoor smoke-free air laws, Indiana, 2008," Preventing Chronic Disease 9: 120091, October 2012.

... Most Indiana residents support smoke-free air legislation for workplaces. The support was constant among most groups across the state, suggesting policy makers would have the backing of their constituents to pass such legislation. The results of this study suggest that efforts to gain support for smoke-free air laws should focus on men, people unaware of the health hazards from secondhand smoke, and smokers and former smokers. ...

First vote slated on ban; Council also to take final look at next year's ...
The Republic – September 30, 2012

The ordinance would follow the state's law about smoking in public places but exclude certain exemptions in the state law. The city's law would ban smoking in ...

Lawrence follows Indy's lead and goes smoke-free, including bars
Ordinance covers bars, hotels, bowling alleys and nursing homes, but private clubs remain exempt
Indianapolis Star – September 30, 2012

Lawrence's smoking ban begins Monday prohibiting smoking in bars, hotel rooms, family-owned and -operated businesses, rooms in nursing homes and ...

Column: Banning smoke inside beneficial to public health
The Republic - September 29, 2012

I an all too familiar exercise, some members of the Columbus City Council appear to be reeling in their enthusiasm for a comprehensive ban on smoking throughout the city. …

Lawrence bars to be smoke-free starting Monday
WISH - September 28, 2012

LAWRENCE, Ind. (WISH) - Starting Oct. 1, Lawrence bars will be smoke free after an ordinance passed by the Lawrence Common Council was passed. The ordinance, supported by Smoke Free Indy, is very similar to the one implemented by Indianapolis earlier this year. …

Multi-million-dollar bingo hall closes in Muncie
Local smoking ban blamed among reasons for closing of one of the state's largest charity bingo operations
Muncie Star Press - September 22, 2012

The state's fifth highest-grossing bingo hall, operated by AMVETS Post 12 for two decades, says it has been snuffed out of business by the local smoking ban, mismanagement and the poor economy. ...

Companies: Going smoke free good for workers, bottom line
Daily Journal - September 20, 2012

A worker at a Franklin company used to smoke heavily but recently managed to cut back to just a few cigarettes a week. That employee has been smoking less ...

Business Owners / Residents Speak Out Against Smoking Ban
NewsTalk 1010 WCSI - September 20, 2012

Columbus Mayor Kristen Brown and City Council members held a second public discussion Tuesday night on whether the council should consider any additional restrictions to the newly enacted State Law restricting smoking. …

Smoking-ban foes get fired up
The Republic - September 20, 2012

Impassioned pleas from people who support the right to smoke in public have Columbus City Council members thinking hard about whether the city should enact a stronger smoking ordinance. … Dan Decker, co-owner of the Hacienda Lounge, 650 11th St., said the economy already is bad and banning smoking in Columbus bars would compound the ...

Tighter ban on smoking delayed: Greenwood officials say proposal ..
Daily Journal (IN) - September 19, 2012

Greenwood doesn't want a proposed expansion of its smoking ban to be too difficult to enforce. City council members plan to extend Greenwood's ban to ...

Marion County Health Department Becomes Tobacco Free Campus
WJBD Online - September 19, 2012

The Marion County Health Department is now a tobacco free campus. The heath department board adopted the new health resolution Tuesday night that makes ...

Most council members back stronger smoking rules
WISH - Sep 15, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ind. (The Republic) - Smokers who enjoy lighting up in a bar or private club in Columbus could soon see an end to this act, 24-Hour News 8’s news partner The Republic reports. Most members of the Columbus City Council support a stronger city ordinance which currently follows state law. Certain exemptions are provided by state law, including for bars, private clubs, casinos and horse riding facilities. …

Columbus could adopt stronger smoking ban
Fox 59 (IN) - September 12, 2012

Columbus could adopt stronger smoking ban. It looks like the community of Columbus could adopt a smoking ban that's stronger than the statewide ban.

EDITORIAL: Smoking bans and our right to law's equal protection
Fort Wayne (IN) News-Sentinel - Sep 12, 2012

The smoking ban is almost certain to stay, but if the lawsuit forces the state to articulate its reasoning in light of constitutional principles, which it has not so far bothered to do, the American Legion will have done Hoosiers a favor.

Legion seeks injunction in smoking-ban dispute
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette - September 11, 2012

A federal judge will hear arguments on whether to grant an injunction against Indiana’s smoking ban. Filed Monday in U.S. District Court, Chief Judge Philip P. Simon ordered a hearing for later this month in the lawsuit filed by American Legion Post 243 in Ligonier. … The lawsuit argued that the state's new rule doesn't prohibit smoking in casinos, so there is no reason to “single out” fraternal clubs. The defendants would suffer ...

Smoke ban in the air again: Council seeks input on stricter city ordinance
The Republic - September 11, 2012

Anti-smoking advocates sense a smoke-free ordinance is in the air. But the Columbus City Council isn’t quite ready to extinguish the exemptions to the city’s ordinance, which follows state law. …

Columbus smoking law topic of council meeting
The Republic - September 10, 2012

The Columbus City Council will have a special public meeting today with Mayor Kristen Brown to hear from the community on a possible city smoking ordinance. …

City eyes smoke ban expansion: Parks, city property included in proposal; no pass for festivals, special events
Daily Journal - September 7, 2012

Smokers soon won't be allowed to light up in Greenwood parks or on any city property, such as in the parking lots outside city hall. Greenwood plans to join Carmel, Fishers, Westfield and a few other Indiana cities that don’t let people smoke in their parks. …

State smoking ban triggers flood of complaints
Evening News and Tribune - September 3, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS ­ Two months into a statewide smoking ban, the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission’s State Excise Police have fielded nearly 300 complaints about the new law being violated, with allegations ranging from businesses flaunting the law to the improper placement of ashtrays and “no smoking” signage. …

Lawmakers Could Revisit Smoking's Effect On Insurance Rates
Indiana Public Media - August 27, 2012

Indiana's statewide smoking ban is just a couple of months old, but legislators may revisit the issue next year. The Indiana Chamber supported the smoking ban, ...

Statehouse Smoking Debate May Not Be Over
93.1 WIBC Indianapolis - August 24, 2012

The Indiana Chamber supported the smoking ban, and has set a goal of lowering smoking rates over the next 13 years. President Kevin Brinegar says the state's ...

Greenwood mulls smoking ban in parks
Fox 59 - August 23, 2012

City Councilor Linda Gibson is pushing to amend the current smoking ban to include ... Councilor Gibson said the idea for the smoking ban started on the lawn ...

City mulls smoking ban in parks: Phone calls prompt council's ...
Daily Journal - August 23, 2012

Greenwood is considering making its smoking ban more restrictive than the new state law, again. State law currently bans smoking in public places, but the Greenwood City Council is looking to go a step further and ban smoking in city parks, which don't meet ...

Smoke ban on council agenda: State's rules will take place of city's
The Republic - August 19, 2012

… Also on Tuesday, [Columbus] City Council members will be asked to accept a $43,000 state grant, approve the repurposing of the sports complex bond for road and building improvements and complete its repeal of the city smoking ordinance in favor of a more stringent state ordinance. …

Review of smoke-free law requirements
Salem Leader - August 16, 2012

The new Indiana Smoke Free Law has been in effect over a month now. Rhonda Mills, Director of the Washington County Tobacco Prevention/Cessation ...

In Carmel, only a handful of restaurants allow smoking
By Raygan Swan Star correspondent (IN) August 14, 2012

... Chris Parker, general manager. "We've always been non-smoking. Besides, smoking is gross." The new business will not allow smoking in the bar, nor will employees be permitted to ...

OUR VIEW: Happy birthday to county's anti-smoking ordinance
Muncie (IN) Star-Press - Aug 12, 2012

It's clear the benefits of this ordinance far outweigh the drawbacks. County leaders should be lauded for taking the tough steps to enact this ordinance in the face of stiff and compelling opposition. It's an ordinance that makes all of us healthier, an ...

Smoking Ban Proves Beneficial
Muncie (IN) Voice - Aug 11, 2012

DATA PROVES BENEFIT FOR DELAWARE COUNTY

One year later, smoke free ordinance still smoldering
Muncie (IN) Star-Press - Aug 11, 2012

MUNCIE -- August 11, 2011, is a day that will live in infamy in Delaware County. The passing of the smoke-free ordinance a year ago might have ended smoking in bars and other public establishments, but it did little to quash debate among residents and es

Legion post fights smoking ban
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette - August 9, 2012

Attorneys for an area club challenging the state’s new anti-smoking law want the court to prohibit enforcement of the law while the case progresses through federal court. Filed in June by the American Legion Post 243 in Ligonier, the lawsuit attacks the state’s anti-smoking legislation, which took effect July 1, as being too vague, violating the equal protection clauses, and being a violation of the state’s freedom of conscience provision.
The lawsuit names the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission, Indiana Department of Health, and Noble County Prosecutor Steve Clouse as defendants. …

Ban on smoking outlook 'positive' : Panel votes to repeal local rule but might consider a tougher one
The Republic - August 9, 2012

Opponents of smoking didn’t get what they wanted from Columbus City Council initially, but they might get what they desire in the long run ­ a comprehensive smoking ban in the city. Although the City Council voted to repeal the local smoking ordinance at its Tuesday meeting, some council members expressed a willingness to work with the groups toward a comprehensive smoking ban. …

Beech Grove rejects smoking ban for bars
The Herald-Times (subscription) - August 8, 2012

BEECH GROVE ­ Smoking at bars will continue being legal in a Marion County community after its mayor says smokers have flocked there to avoid the ban the covers most of the county. The 5-2 vote by the Beech Grove City Council rejected a smoking ban identical to that approved by the Indianapolis City-County Council in April. That ordinance doesn’t cover some smaller communities in the county such as Beech Grove. …

2 downtown bars opt to go nonsmoking
Journal and Courier - August 1, 2012

Smokers who frequent two downtown Lafayette bars had to find an ashtray somewhere else Wednesday. Chumley's Pub and the Black Sparrow are now nonsmoking establishments, their managers said. Bars are exempt from the statewide ban that took effect July 1, ...

Indianapolis Smoking Ban Fight Goes To Court Wednesday
Indiana Public Media - August 1, 2012

Indianapolis' smoking ban is more restrictive than the statewide ban which went into ... A pre-trial hearing in the case against Indianapolis' smoking ban is set for ...

Bar owners rally against smoking ban
Fox 59 (IN) - August 1, 2012

A federal judge is expected to decide whether the ban will be kept in place or .... The ordinance banned smoking in all Indianapolis bars and gave private clubs ...

Looking for a sign of progress
South Bend Tribune (IN) - August 1, 2012

Last month, a proposal to ban smoking was tabled -- the third such delay for the ... smoking bans already in place in St. Joseph County and the state of Indiana.

Attorney For Indianapolis Bars Attacks Smoking Studies
93.1 WIBC Indianapolis - July 31, 2012

Small is seeking a temporary stay against the smoking ban pending a permanent injunction. The city is asking the court to dismiss the entire case. Judge Debra ...

Smoking policy lacking at local hospital; smoke shack still not moved ...
Greene County Daily World (blog) - July 30, 2012

One would think that a hospital and its grounds would be a pretty safe bet to be a place that would be 100 percent smoke-free and tobacco-free. However, a recent conversation with Greene County's Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Director Sandy May educated me on a fact that I simply took for granted. Greene County General Hospital in Linton is one of very few hospitals in the state that has not adopted a comprehensive policy that mandates 100 percent smoke-free grounds. …

NO SMOKING
Madison Courier – July 28, 2012

Restaurant patrons across the state and in Jefferson County breathe a little easier since smoke cleared in most public businesses and restaurants after a smoking ban took effect this month. …

Military clubs need to join civilian world
Princeton Daily Clarion - July 27, 2012

Our schools are all smoke free campuses and fewer and fewer of our youth are using tobacco. Our hospitals and medical facilities have taken smoking out of the building (and off the campus) – an obvious policy move for the health of patients and patient’s families. No longer do parents provide cigars and smoke them for the birth of a child. Why, then, do our military service clubs forget that their experience in boot camp and in the military was equal parts discipline, learning and physical training? Why do clubs that are supposed to “Serve those who Serve” focus all their energy on smoking and drinking? …

Smoking ban gets little sympathy
Monroe News Star - July 27, 2012

Recently many commercials on TV and radio complain that the law which prohibits smoking in public places doesn't protect waitresses in saloons, bartenders and such from the harm of second hand smoke. Has anyone heard of second hand smoke causing the beating of a wife or child, auto collisions that kill and maim thousands annually, bar fights, people killing in rages, careers being destroyed, or people to pass out in gutters? …

Common Council approves smoking sign requirement
South Bend Tribune - July 23, 2012

The Common Council didn't vote Monday on a proposal to ban smoking in the city's bars. The council did, however, approve a related bill that will require many establishments to post signs on their entrances to tell the public whether or not smoking is allowed inside. …

Fairgrounds goes smoke free
Greencastle (IN) Banner-Graphic - July 21, 2012

In light of this summer's drought conditions, smoking will be prohibited on the grounds during the Putnam County Fair. …

Evansville attorney announces intent to file federal lawsuit against ...
Evansville Courier & Press - July 20, 2012

On behalf of local tavern owners and private clubs, Evansville attorney Les Shively said he’s filing a federal lawsuit against the city in response to Evansville’s smoking ban. …

City eateries adjusting to new smoking ban
fwdailynews.com - July 20, 2012

If the hoopla leading up to the implementation of the Indiana Smoke Free Air Law was to be believed, come July 1 the tables inside the former smoking section at every restaurant in New Haven would sit empty because those customers would stay home instead.
Nearly three weeks later, area business owners say the smoking law, which prohibits lighting up in most businesses with the exception of casinos, bars, some fraternal organizations, tobacco stores and private clubs, has had little impact on their business. …

Locals report little impact from smoking ban
pharostribune.com - July 20, 2012

Though the statewide smoking ban has been in effect for almost a month, the Logansport area is seeing little change. The Indiana Smoke Free Air Law, which went into effect July 1, prohibits smoking inside all businesses, excluding private clubs, bars, casinos and retail tobacco shops. While some business in Logansport have seen a rise in business due to the law, neither the police department nor the Cass County prosecutor’s office have records of any citations. …

4th Street Bar going smoke free
The Republic - July 20, 2012

Fourth Street Bar & Grill will become smoke free starting Aug. 1. Owner Kurt Schwarze said the decision was difficult for him and his wife. Ultimately, they decided that eliminating smoking was the preference of the majority of its customers and staff. …

South Bend Councilman considers smoking ban ordinance
ABC 57 News - July 19, 2012

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- A South Bend Common Council member, Gavin Ferlic, is trying to decide whether or not to bring his smoking ban ordinance before the council next week. ...

In most cases, local standard more restrictive than new state law
Greenfield Daily Reporter (IN) - July 18, 2012

GREENFIELD - Hancock County residents and workers likely haven't noticed a change since the statewide smoking ban went into effect at the start of ...

Bar owners challenging smoking ban seek injunction
Indianapolis Business Journal - July 17, 2012

Ten Indianapolis bar owners who are challenging new public smoking ... claims the ban violates the Fourth and Fourteenth amendments to the U.S. Constitution. ... that being said I even hate government banning the use of tobacco (a legal ...

Bar owners want smoking ban stalled
WISH (IN)- July 17, 2012

Bar owners are fighting the enforcement of a smoking ban while their legal battle weaves its way through court. ... ban stalled. Bars want banned on hold for now ...

Loogootee Gets Tough On Smoking
WBIW.com (IN) - July 13, 2012

... smoking in most buildings, the Loogootee City Council Monday night banned smoking in all city vehicles, except those with an open cab. The smoking ban will ..

Columbus VFW, American Legion Now Smoke-Free
NewsTalk 1010 WCSI (IN) - July 12, 2012

Our news gathering partners at "The Republic" report that exemption to the smoking ban, which was adopted in the General Assembly earlier this year, carried ...

Indy smoking ban: Many veterans enjoying smoke-free air in Legion halls, says Matthew Tully
Indianapolis (IN) Star - Jul 11, 2012

Yes, after all that time in which the mayor blocked a solid smoking ban because he didn't want to tell veterans what to do, it turns out many veterans are just fine with clearing the air. In Broad Ripple, following the direction of new city and state smo...

Smoking banned during C. Indiana county's fair
Press News - July 11, 2012

FRANKLIN, Ind. (AP) -- All smoking is being banned during a central Indiana ... All but a handful of Indiana's 92 counties have open burning bans in place, but a ...

Johnson County bans smoking at fair
WISH (IN) July 10, 2012

The Johnson County commissioners on Monday extended the county's ban on burning and personal fireworks use indefinitely and also banned smoking at the ...

Evansville's bars still fuming over smoking ban
Evansville (IN) Courier & Press - Jul 9, 2012

Lawsuit moves into appeals process …

Bar owners feel pinch of Evansville smoking ban
San Francisco Chronicle - July 9, 2012

At least one benefit of the smoking ban ­ according to bar owners and ... The ban excluded Casino Aztar, which council members said was to protect the tax ... already exempts bars, private clubs and casinos, but more restrictive bans take ...

Bars and pubs feel effects of statewide smoking ban after just one ...
ABC 57 News - July 9, 2012

One week after the Indiana state smoking ban went into effect, area pubs and ... the bar because it allowed smoking - came in on the very first day it was banned. …

Indianapolis politics scorecard: Mayor Greg Ballard vs. city council
Indianapolis Star - July 9, 2012

Smoking ban: Ballard held firm on his request that an expanded ban on smoking in bars provide exemptions for private clubs and cigar and hookah bars. …

YOUNG VOICES: Smoke gets in your eye
nwitimes.com - July 9, 2012

July 1 marked the day Indiana's statewide public smoking ban went into effect. While bars and casinos will continue to be exempt, most other public businesses ...

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, Democrat-led council are making divided government work
Indianapolis Star, Jul 8, 2012 | By Jon Murray jon.murray@indystar.com

... mostly have succeeded in working together. Despite noisy political interference, they agreed on an expanded smoking ban covering bars and have come together on less controversial matters. "It's been ...

Smoking vote may be delayed again
South Bend Tribune - July 6, 2012

SOUTH BEND -- The lead sponsor of a proposal to ban smoking in South Bend bars is asking Common Council members again to push back a vote on the ...

Smoking ban would overstep council's role
South Bend Tribune - July 6, 2012

With the upcoming vote on a citywide smoking ban or more correctly, a partial smoking ban, we as the Common Council are supposed to decide whether or not ...

Fair officials ban smoking
The Republic - July 5, 2012

Bartholomew County 4-H Fair officials have extended the smoke-free areas on the fairgrounds to include the parking lot, because of health and safety concerns. …

IU begins smoke-free campaign
Indiana Daily Student - July 5, 2012

House Enrolled Act 1149, Indiana's first statewide smoke-free-air law, went into effect July 1. The new Act mandates nearly all public places in Indiana be smoke-free, including university campuses. …

Smoking bans and the home-rule muddle in Indiana
News Sentinel - Jul 5, 2012

July 1 was the effective date of the statewide public smoking ban. ... It’s really simple, although you might want to have a lawyer accompany you at all times just to be sure: Whichever provision is stricter is the one that must be followed. The state law has an exemption for private clubs, for example, while the city ordinance does not. In that case, the city ordinance applies: No smoking in private clubs. On the other hand, the city allows a small percentage of hotel rooms to be set aside for smokers, but the state bans smoking in all hotel rooms, so the state law kicks in here: No smoking in hotel rooms. …

Let it out
Indianapolis Star, Jul 4, 2012

... The statewide smoking ban is a start. What about the children in the homes and vehicles of smokers? ...

City of Lawrence Passes Smoking Ban
WBIW.com - July 3, 2012

The city of Lawrence has passed its own smoking ban which mirrors Indianapolis’ ban. The Lawrence City Council passed the ban by a vote of 5-3. …

Lawrence
Indianapolis Star, Jul 3, 2012

... smoking ban Lawrence Mayor Dean Jessup today is expected to sign an ordinance to ban smoking in most public places, a city spokesman said. The ban, approved 5-3 Monday ...

Muncie Mayor: No smoking, sparklers at fireworks
Indianapolis Star, Jul 3, 2012

... spectators to not bring or light any sparklers or fireworks of their own, or to smoke, "out of consideration for the potential dangers" caused by extremely dry conditions. Children should ...

OUR VIEW: Indiana must do more to stop tobacco use
Muncie Star-Press, Jul 3, 2012

... cites research suggesting that a 10 percent increase in the price of cigarettes cuts kids' smoking about 7 percent. Tightening the new statewide smoking ban to discourage smoking in every ...

Indiana Smoking Ban Takes Effect

TestCountry.com (blog) - July 3, 2012

Danielle Patterson, spokeswoman for the Indiana Campaign for Smoke-Free Air, said: “Some ventilation systems, if they have open air vents, that's drawing the ...

Restaurant workers respond to new Indiana smoking ban
WBEZ - July 2, 2012

He said he feels better bringing his own children, who often eat at the establishment, into a smoke-free environment. Ramirez said he did not think business ...

Indiana Indoor Smoking Ban Underway, With More Exceptions Than ...
Huffington Post - July 2, 2012

Chicagoans are likely planning trips to Indiana in light of Illinois' newest cigarette tax, but they may be disappointed to find many of the same smoking restrictions in effect after this week. …

Smoking ban: two days in
WTHI - July 2, 2012

Two days after smoking bans took effect across Indiana and in Vigo County, bars and clubs in the Wabash Valley are already adapting to the change. …

Smoked out: Bans take effect
Terre Haute (IN) Tribune-Star - Jul 2, 2012

First day of ban on lighting up indoors draws mixed reactions from smokers …

Indiana smoking ban takes effect
Louisville Morning Call, Business First – July 2, 2012

Indiana's new smoking ban is now in effect. WAVE-TV reports that the ban covers all Indiana businesses except bars, casinos and private clubs. Businesses must post signs saying that smoking …

Smoking ban not changing any habits
Lafayette (IN) Journal & Courier - Jul 2, 2012

Lafayette and West Lafayette adopted smoking bans several years ago, with West
Lafayette's being more restrictive than either the state's or Lafayette's ban. The state's proposed law won't change either city's ordinances. …

A guide to new Indiana laws
Indianapolis Star, Jul 1, 2012

... Whether you eat at restaurants that allow smoking, pay taxes or have kids, it's time to take notice of the state's ...

Sports bar could lose half its customers due to smoking ban
ABC 57 News - July 2, 2012

Even though they have seperate sections for smoking and non, they can't serve smokers. ... Now she worries the new statewide smoking ban will take away a lot of her customers. "That was ... Will burn bans affect your July 4th celebrations?

State ban clouds up smoking ordinance
Fort Wayne (IN) Journal-Gazette - Jul 1, 2012

The state smoking rules that take effect today require some changes - changes experts predict will cause confusion across the city. Not only will there be two different sets of rules, there will be different groups enforcing each set. …

New smoking ban takes effect in Indiana
South Bend (IN) Tribune - Jul 1, 2012

The new smoking ban officially took effect at midnight Sunday. However, it doesn't go all the way. …

Jerry Davich: Smoking ban ­ cough, cough ­ finally kicks in
Merrillville (IN) Post-Tribune - Jul 1, 2012

Today is the day when the statewide smoking ban goes into effect across Indiana and I, for one, publicly applaud this public health achievement. I plan to celebrate it by dining at a local restaurant that I typically avoid because it smells like an old a …

MARK KIESLING: Smoke ban a strike with bowling folks
The Times of Northwest Indiana - Jul 1, 2012

Smoker Shelley Wittenhagen of Dyer, who was bowling at the Stardust Lanes in Dyer on Wednesday, said she has no problem with Indiana's smoking ban, which goes into effect today. "Just go outside," she said. "A lot of kids are present. …

Local biz owners see few side effects from smoking ban
The Times of Northwest Indiana - Jul 1, 2012

Local business owners have seen few side effects from the Indiana Smoke Free Air Law, which goes into effect today. But some wish the law mirrored Illinois’ all-encompassing ban on smoking. …

5 years in, ban brouhaha turns tepid
Fort Wayne (IN) Journal-Gazette - Jul 1, 2012

In 2007, Fort Wayne's smoking ban drew heated opposition, a lawsuit and pledges of outright disobedience. Yet five years later, compliance has been relatively simple and even political opponents say there is no going back. …

Smoking ban not changing any minds
Journal and Courier - Jul 1, 2012

…Lafayette and West Lafayette adopted smoking bans several years ago, with West Lafayette's being more restrictive than either the state's or Lafayette's ban. …

Follow the signs: State smoking ban begins Sunday
FW Business - June 29, 2012

Within Fort Wayne, smoking is banned within 20 feet of an entrance. ... County, such as New Haven, Huntertown and Monroeville, the ban extends just eight feet ...

Indiana Goes Smoke-Free July 1
Eagle 99.3 FM WSCH - June 29, 2012

“Transitioning to a smoke-free business requires planning and education,” said State Health Commissioner Gregory Larkin, M.D. “The toolkits are a great ...

State set to go smoke-free on Sunday
WISH - June 29, 2012

The statewide smoke-free air law goes into effect on Sunday. The law specifically says that people will not be allowed to smoke within 8 feet of a public entrance ...

Stogie Guys Friday Sampler No. 295
Stogie Guys Online Cigar Magazine - June 29, 2012

1) Anti-tobacco lawmakers and groups have been trying to pass a comprehensive statewide smoking ban in Indiana since 2007. In March, Governor Mitch ...

Smoking ban issued for an Indiana National Historical Park
WTHI - June 28, 2012

National Historical Park officials in Vincennes, IN have issued a smoking ban on all park grounds at George Rogers Clark National Historical Park ( GRC ). The dry, hot weather has been impacting the area, making leaves and grass more brittle and dry, which, in turn, makes them more susceptible to quickly catching fire. …

New smoke-free air requires public signage
Salem Leader - June 28, 2012

Ray feels the ban is a violation of civil rights and Linda said it amounts to the ... One sign must be posted inside a cigar specialty store that allows smoking of ...

Smoke-free Air Law to take effect July 1
The Banner-Graphic - June 28, 2012

The law will prohibit smoking in all businesses, except for private clubs, bars, casinos and retail tobacco shops. Indiana will join 39 other states in protecting ...

Indiana offers no-smoking toolkits for businesses
Post-Bulletin - June 28, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS ­ The Indiana State Department of Health is offering toolkits to businesses to help them adapt to the new Indiana Smoke Free Air Law that takes ...

Smoke-free celebration invites audiences to laugh loudly, breathe ...
Evansville Courier & Press - June 28, 2012

Comics will crack jokes, musicians will sing songs and the smoke-free air of celebration will fill the Backstage Bar and Grill on Sunday for Comedy for a Cause. …

Smoking Ban Begins July 1
WBIW.com - June 28, 2012

(BEDFORD) - The owner of Bedford's Breakfast Barn, one of a few restaurants in the county that will be affected by a statewide smoking ban, is upset about the ...

Special clubs adapting to smoking ban
WTHI - June 27, 2012

Special clubs are reacting after Vigo County accepts a stricter smoking ban. Club Soda in Terre Haute offers help for people who've had issues with drug and alcohol addiction. …

How Will Hoosier Businesses Alert Patrons to New Smoking Ban?
Tristatehomepage.com (IN) - June 27, 2012

State Health Commissioner, Gregory Larkin, says the transition to a smoke-free business requires planning and education, so the tool kits are a great resource to ...

County Indoor Air Cleaner
WIBQ - June 27, 2012

Vigo County joins about half of the U.S. states passing comprehansive smoking bans in the past 10 years. The State of Indiana's new smoking ban continues to ...

Keeping a copy for the library Vigo County joins Terre Haute in banning smoking in bars
Greenfield Daily Reporter - June 26, 2012

Tuesday's vote by the Vigo commissioners also bans smoking there. Proponents of the smoking ban say the vote is great step toward improving Vigo County's ...

State Offers Business Owners Smoking Ban Toolkits
WRTV Indianapolis - June 27, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana State Department of Health is offering toolkits to businesses to help them adapt to the new Indiana Smoke Free Air Law that will ...

Businesses Face Choice In Smoking Ban
Stacey Page Online (IN)- June 26, 2012

smoking ban goes into effect Sunday, Duffy's will be exempt. Rather than banning smoking, owner Greg Greed has decided to ban children. No one under the ...

Businesses prepare for Indiana's smoke-free law
News Sentinel (IN) - June 27, 2012

But business owners like Hershberger contend the smoking ban does not ... more than 4000 smokers in four European countries found that smoking bans in the ...

Signage requirements for Indiana's new smoking ban
WAVE (IN) - June 27, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (WAVE) - Indiana's new Smoke-Free Air Law takes effect July 1. But going smoke-free isn't enough. All public places and employers in ...

New Smoke Free Air Law
PortageLife (IN) - June 26, 2012

Where Life and Portage Connect - Telling the positive stories of the people, businesses, and organizations of Portage, Indiana. ...

Vigo Co. smoking ban accepted
WTHI - June 26, 2012

VIGO CO., Ind. (WTHI) - Tuesday morning, Vigo County commissioners voted unanimously to accept a county wide smoking ban. The county's ordinance would be the same as Terre Haute's ban. Both bans go into effect on Sunday, July 1, and would ban smoking in restaurants and bars in both the city and the county. …

Vigo County Passes Smoking Ban
Inside INdiana Business (press release) - June 26, 2012

Vigo County Passes Smoking Ban. InsideINdianaBusiness.com Report. Vigo County commissioners have accepted a county-wide smoking ban. Our partners at ...

Vigo County commissioners toughen smoking ban
Terre Haute Tribune Star - June 26, 2012

The county and city are now unified in their smoking bans. ...

South Bend Delays Smoking Ban Vote

Inside INdiana Business (press release) - June 26, 2012

South Bend Delays Smoking Ban Vote ... A statewide smoking ban is slated to go into effect July 1. ... The city proposal bans lighting up at bars and taverns. …

Legion post challenging smoking law
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette - June 26, 2012

The American Legion post in Ligonier has challenged the constitutionality of the state’s new smoking rules because they allow people to smoke near children in some places but not in veterans’ organizations. ...

County prepares for no-smoking law
Salem Leader - June 26, 2012

The state legislature passed the no-smoking law during its last session, but provided some big exceptions. One being the casino industry and another being ...

Legion Post Opposed to State Smoking Ban
WIBQ - June 26, 2012

It bans smoking in most places of employment, including ... ... Noble County has filed a federal lawsuit against Indiana's smoking ban which takes effect July 1st. …

American Legion Sues Over Smoking Ban
WBIW.com - June 26, 2012

(FORT WAYNE) - An American Legion post in northeastern Indiana has asked a federal judge to put a hold on a statewide smoking ban set to take effect Sunday ...

American Legion post in northeast Indiana challenges statewide ...
The Republic - June 25, 2012

American Legion post in Ligonier challenges Indiana's smoking ban in federal court ... The law exempts Indiana's bars, casinos, retail tobacco shops and private ...

Legion post sues to stop Indiana smoking ban
Indianapolis Star - Jun 25, 2012

An American Legion Post in Noble County has filed a federal lawsuit against Indiana's smoking ban. The law will take effect in July. It bans smoking in most ...

Time for South Bend to act on smoking ban
South Bend Tribune - June 25, 2012

We would like to thank The Tribune Editorial Board for its June 10 editorial supporting the proposed smoke-free ordinance that would make nearly all ...

South Bend smoking ban vote likely to be moved
South Bend Tribune - Jun 24, 2012

SOUTH BEND -- The city's Common Council probably won't vote Monday night, as scheduled, on a bill to ban smoking in South Bend bars. …

Casinos able to cash in on smokers
Fort Wayne (IN) Journal-Gazette - Jun 24, 2012

In one week it will officially become illegal, with a few exceptions, to smoke in public buildings everywhere in Indiana. …

Signs for July 1 Indiana No Smoking Law Available at ...
Melodika.net (press release) - Jun 24, 2012

Indiana's new statewide smoking ban goes into effect July 1, 2012. The new law prohibits smoking in most public places and places of employment - and ...

Vigo County To Vote Tuesday on Smoking Ordinance
Indiana Public Media - WFIU / WTIU - Jun 23, 2012

The Vigo County ordinance would mirror Terre Haute’s ban that is set to go into effect July 1. …

Passing smoking ban a step in the right direction
South Bend Tribune - Jun 23, 2012

Indiana's new smoking ban ensures Hoosiers will breathe cleaner air. ... While there are some exceptions for bars and casinos, businesses and municipalities in ...

Indiana smoking ban brings tangle of sign rules
Evansville Courier & Press - June 22, 2012

"I think it's a bunch of bull," Lowe said of the possible City Council exemption of Casino Aztar's gaming floor from the proposed citywide smoking ban while sitting ...

Warrick smoking ban needs to be county-wide
Princeton Daily Clarion - June 22, 2012

There was a survey in last weeks Boonville Standard and Newburgh Register asking residents if they thought that there should be a smoking ban in Warrick ...

Smoking ban may signal more legislative action
Evening News and Tribune - June 22, 2012

The smoking ban that goes into effect next month may put a dent in those numbers if the prohibition on smoking in the workplace causes more people to quit the ...

Indiana smoking ban set to go into effect July 1
The Courier-Journal - June 21, 2012

A statewide smoking ban is set to take effect July 1, and employers, restaurants and most other public places are on notice. 'There's no phase-in or grace period ...

EDITORIAL: Indiana must do more to stop tobacco use
South Bend (IN) Tribune - Jun 20, 2012

The best argument in favor of strengthening Indiana's anti-smoking efforts may be the most recent numbers on teen smoking. Protecting public health by increasing the incentive to keep Hoosiers from lighting up ought to be a priority.

County VFW announces smoke ban choice ($$)
Carroll County (IN) Comet - Jun 20, 2012

The Carroll County Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post #9383 voted June 12 to allow smoking in the bar area only.

Navy captain calls on veterans clubs to adopt new smoking ban
Fox 59 - June 19, 2012

... captain is calling for veterans clubs to adopt Indianapolis' new smoking ban. ... He said he believes tobacco use in the military, much like smoking bans, is a ...

Indiana smoking ban puts private clubs on the spot
WNDU-TV - June 19, 2012

... Bend Common Council isn't the only one planning to vote on a smoking ban. ... That allows smoking to be banned in the bars, while smoke free banquet ...

HUD in Gary, Hammond and E.C. providing smoke-free kits
Merrillville (IN) Post-Tribune - Jun 20, 2012

HUD officials Tuesday rolled out their Smoke-Free Housing Toolkits, an attempt to reduce the effects of second hand smoke on residents in public housing and other multi-family units.

Vigo County Smoking Ban
WIBQ – (IN) June 20, 2012

Over the span of 90 minutes, Vigo County Commissioners this week heard from both sides of the smoking ban issue. The comprehensive ban would align the

Smoking ban expected to broaden bowling's appeal
Post-Tribune (IN)- June 20, 2012

But when the subject of the upcoming Indiana smoking ban was brought up, it elicited ... of being near a pair of states that already have smoking bans in place.

Public Hearing Scheduled on Smoke-Free Stafford Proposal
FortBendNow (IN) - June 20, 2012

Tobacco Free Fort Bend is inviting the community to a public hearing regarding prohibiting smoking in public places in Stafford. Organizers said a smoking.

Clean air forum stirs discussion
WTHI (IN) - June 20, 2012

Under it, starting in July, public establishments will have to go smoke free. ... Again, under the city ordinance and state law, bars will be required to go smoke free

County makes way for state smoking law
Reporter-Times (IN) - June 19, 2012

The Morgan County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted Monday to repeal the current smoking ordinance that has been on the books since Jan. 1, 2005. However, that ...

New rules excite no-smoking advocates
Reporter-Times - June 19, 2012

On July 1, a state-wide law, HEA 1149 or Indiana's new Smoke-Free Air Law, will take effect. “Smoking will be banned in more places in Morgan County now,” ...

Study: Smokers costing IN billions in productivity
WANE - June 19, 2012

Ball State University has released a new survey revealing details about smoking habits of Hoosiers. … The habit costs the State of Indiana nearly $2.6 billion in productivity losses and $2.2 billion in health care costs each year. …

South Bend council hears smoking ban debate
South Bend Tribune - June 19, 2012

The South Bend Common Council isn't scheduled to vote until next week on a proposal to ban smoking in city bars, but its members got a head start on the debate Monday night. …

Let it out
Indianapolis Star, Jun 19, 2012

(Let It Out, June13) It's great that we have a no-smoking law; I wish casinos had been included. Why is it that so many people ...

Businesses and groups share views on proposed smoking ban
Fox 28 - June 18, 2012

Business owners and health organizations had an opportunity to voice their concerns about the proposed smoking ban in South Bend on Monday. South Bend's ...

Public discussion Monday on South Bend smoking ban proposal
WNDU-TV June 18, 2012

The Health and Public Safety Committee will discuss the South Bend smoking ban Monday night. Earlier this year the state decided not to include bars and ...

Commissioners beef up no smoking regulations in and around ...
Greene County Daily World (IN) - June 18, 2012

As a follow-up to a soon-to-be-effective statewide smoking ban in public buildings and ... The ordinance also bans smoking inside any vehicle owned, leased or ...

Study shows smoking costs Indiana billions
Muncie (IN) Star-Press - Jun 17, 2012

, a new study from Ball State University finds that 21.2 percent of Hoosiers admit to regularly lighting up a cigarette, a habit costing the state nearly $2.6 billion in productivity losses and $2.2 billion in health care costs each year. ...

Proposal to ban smoking in South Bend's bars needs more City Council support to win approval
AP - Associated Press - Jun 16, 2012

need to gain the backing of at least one more City Council member to win approval and change its status as Indiana's largest city to still allow bar patrons to light up. Four City Council members are sponsoring an ordinance, with the five other council m...

Smoking lawsuit on shaky ground
Indianapolis Star - June 15, 2012

Numerous challenges to smoking bans based on equal protection and other ... more ridiculous than the complaint that a public smoking ban -- adopted to protect ...

TH residents debate over smoking ban
WTHI (IN) - June 15, 2012

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - A heated scene at the Terre Haute City Council meeting Thursday night. Many residents showed up expressing feelings for and ...

Smoking Ban Ignites More Controversy
WIBQ - June 15, 2012

Discussions became heated at the Vigo County Council meeting while talking about a proposed smoking ban. The city of Terre Haute will soon see more ...

Lawyer plans 9th Amendment argument against Indy smoking ban
Indianapolis (IN) Star - Jun 14, 2012

Indianapolis-based attorney Mark Small filed a motion Wednesday in federal court to combine several lawsuits filed against the ban. Small is representing 43 plaintiffs, including 10 bars, one bar customer and one bar employee.

Local bar owners, patrons file lawsuit against city for smoking ban ordinance
WXIN-TV Fox 59 (Indiannapolis, IN) - Jun 13, 2012

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit, which was filed in Federal District Court, includes local bar owners and bar patrons.

EDITORIAL: Smoke ban incomplete; thousands still at risk ($$)
Columbus (IN) Republic - Jun 13, 2012

...the final result is a law that will affect many who previously faced regular exposure to secondhand smoke, from those working in small machine shops to customers at mom and pop stores.

Backers tout proposed Indiana smoking ban
Associated Press (IN) - Jun 13, 2012

Support sought among South Bend officials...

Smoking ban committee meeting slated for Monday
WNDU-TV - June 14, 2012

A proposed ordinance that would ban smoking in South Bend bars and taverns is eligible for a public hearing and final vote at the council's June 25th meeting.

Supporters say smoking ban was long overdue
Fox 59 (IN) - June 13, 2012

Avid bowler Peter Poon said Indianapolis' recently enacted smoking ban was long overdue...

Business owners prepare for new smoking regulations
The Herald Bulletin - June 13, 2012

ANDERSON, Ind. - The new statewide smoking regulations, which go into effect July ... which enacted bans, and most of them said they lost business as a result. ... Cooper said the smoking ban in Muncie had a negative impact on business.

Judges hear Springfield smoking ban debate
Springfield (MO) News-Leader - Jun 13, 2012

Attorney claims ordinance conflicts with Missouri law

Opponents of Indianapolis smoking ban to unite in court
Indianapolis Star - June 13, 2012

The Indianapolis smoking ban took effect June 1, strengthening the city's previous ... Past lawsuits against smoking bans throughout the country have not been ...

Legion votes to limit smoking to club room
The Times of Northwest Indiana (IN)- Jun 13, 2012

Portage American Legion Post 260 members voted by a ratio of more than 2-1 to seek an exemption from the new state smoking ban and to allow smoking in the club room of its facility.

Smoking ban committee meeting slated
WNDU-TV (IN) - June 13, 2012

A proposed ordinance that would ban smoking in South Bend bars and taverns is eligible for a public hearing and final vote at the council's June 25th meeting.

Smoking ban committee meeting slated
WNDU-TV (IN) - June 13, 2012

A proposed ordinance that would ban smoking in South Bend bars and taverns is eligible for a public hearing and final vote at the council's June 25th meeting.

Workshops help Warrick County businesses understand new ...
14 News WFIE Evansville June 13, 2012

This law prohibits smoking in most public places and places of employment. There are a few exceptions to the law but the majority of businesses are affected.

The state decides, and we just have to cope with it
News Sentinel (IN)- June 13, 2012

But if smoking is banned, it is feared that attendance will drop and bar sales will be ... And multiply the smoking ban by all the other laws the General Assembly ...

Chamber helps businesses go smoke free
WTHI (IN)- June 13, 2012

The Indiana Chamber Of Commerce is helping businesses go smoke free. July 1st a new state law will ban smoking in public places and some bars and ...

South Bend smoking ordinance inches forward
WNDU-TV (IN)- June 11, 2012

South Bend's Common Council gave first reading to the controversial ordinance that would ban smoking in bars and restaurants during its meeting Monday ...

South Bend smoking ban needs more support to pass
WISH - June 12, 2012

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Supporters of a proposal to ban smoking in bars in South Bend need to gain the backing of at least one more city council member for it ...

Smoking ban expected to go before South Bend Common Council
WSBT-TV - June 11, 2012

Will South Bend bars and clubs go smoke free? A proposal for a city-wide smoking ban is expected to go before the Common Council during tonight's meeting.

Legion post grapples with new state smoking ban
The Herald Bulletin (IN)- June 11, 2012

PORTAGE, Ind. - Indiana's new law banning smoking in public places is forcing ... If smoking is banned in only a portion of the building, the post would have to ...

By whom and how the smoking ban will be enforced ($$)
Bedford (IN) Times-Mail - Jun 9, 2012

BEDFORD -- In about three weeks, the number of public places to smoke will decrease considerably and individuals who disregard the new law could face a fine and business owner ...

Keeping a copy for the library Study: Smoking Costing Indiana Businesses Billions
Inside INdiana Business (press release) June 11, 2012

Indiana's statewide smoking ban takes effect July 1. ... Muncie, Ind. -- As Indiana prepares for a statewide smoking ban on July 1, a new study from Ball State ...

Study: Smoking Costing Indiana $4.8 Billion Annually
Stacey Page Online - June 11, 2012

As Indiana prepares for a statewide smoking ban on July 1, a new study from Ball ... prohibits smoking inside a business - with exceptions for bars and casinos, ...

Indiana smoking ban will affect county's communities
The Republic - June 10, 2012

Smoke 'em if you got 'em - because you won't get to smoke 'em for long. A state ban scheduled to go into effect July 1 will have a broad impact in Bartholomew ...

EDITORIAL: A smoking ban for South Bend
South Bend (IN) Tribune - Jun 10, 2012

A proposal to ban smoking in public places within the city limits is scheduled to come up for initial reading before the Common Council on Monday. The council should pass it.

South Bend bar going smoke-free
Fox 28 - June 8, 2012

A downtown South Bend bar is going smoke-free. A manager of Corby's Irish Pub on East LaSalle Avenue, says the bar will go smoke-free Friday with a kick-off ...

Statewide smoking ban on July 1 ($$)
Bedford (IN) Times-Mail - Jun 9, 2012

BEDFORD -- With just more than a month before many Indiana businesses were to go smoke-free, Olde Downtown Tavern owner Scott Smith found that his business isn't exempt ...

Breathe easy this weekend
Muncie Star Press – June 8, 2012

The Fickle Peach will open a non-smoking outdoor patio today, the first of its kind ... but quickly recovered once the non-smokers replaced the smokers who left.

Puff, puff, but will it pass??
ABC 57 News - June 6, 2012

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – A new smoke-free air ordinance bill was officially filed on ... "Most studies show that when cities pass smoking ordinances that business ...

2 South Bend council members propose smoking bans
NECN - June 7, 2012

A new smoking ban took effect in Indianapolis on June 1. And a statewide smoking ban that exempts bars, casinos, retail tobacco shops and private clubs goes ...

Bars Where You Can Still Smoke Weather The Smoking Ban
93.1 WIBC Indianapolis - June 7, 2012

Grace, however, says the political climate over "the next few years" isn't conducive to a stricter ban, and says Smoke Free Indy is happy with the prohibition in ...

Lawrence council tables stricter smoking ban
Indianapolis Star - June 7, 2012

City Councilman David Parnell had hoped to expand the scope of Lawrence's smoking ban. Under his proposal, smoking would be banned in bars, as well as ...

Smoke-free lunch at Lava hookah lounge
Indianapolis Star - June 6, 2012

Lava's large, lush dining room easily accommodates non-smokers seeking a Mediterranean-style menu for a workday lunch. … As a nonsmoker, I wasn't sure about stopping at Broad Ripple's Lava with colleague for a weekday lunch. …

No violations reported on smoking ban's first weekend
WISH - June 4, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The first weekend of a smoking ban in Indianapolis appears to have gone smoothly. But that doesn't mean tavern and bar owners have ended their opposition. …

Portage American Legion faces tough decision on smoking
nwitimes.com - June 4, 2012

PORTAGE | The state's new law banning smoking in public places starting next month is leaving members of Portage American Legion Post 260 in a quandary. … The state's new law banning smoking in public places starting next ... Then there are the bar sales, which would be at risk if a smoking ban causes ...

Erika D. Smith: City sailed through start of smoking ban
Indianapolis (IN) Star - Jun 3, 2012

Business wasn't horrible, and the world didn't end. The sun still came up on Saturday morning …

Supporters celebrate, foes litigate as Indy's expanded smoking ban ...
Indianapolis Star - June 2, 2012

On July 1, a new state law will ban smoking statewide, but it exempts bars, casinos and private clubs. The law will have minimal impact in Indianapolis and other ...

Stricter Smoking Ban Takes Effect
WRTV Indianapolis - June 1, 2012

It's now illegal to smoke in most bars, bowling alleys and hotels across Indianapolis. … "I really think we're going to see some new faces with nonsmokers coming in," said ... "But if we replace them with nonsmokers, then I guess it would be alright." ...

One Month Until Ind. Smoking Ban Begins
Eagle 99.3 FM WSCH - June 1, 2012

The law prohibits smoking in most public workplaces. There are exemptions for bars that only allow patrons over age 21, casinos, fraternal clubs, and cigar bars. …

New Indianapolis smoking ban kicks in today
Indianapolis Star - June 1, 2012

Indianapolis bars will open today in a new, smoke-free era. ... Anti-smoking advocacy coalition Smoke Free Indy plans to thank supporters with a party at 9 p.m. ...

Advocates celebrate with smoking ban now in effect
Indianapolis Star - June 1, 2012

On the morning Indianapolis' expanded smoking ban took effect at hundreds of bars, ... As she battled cancer, Curry testified in favor of similar smoking bans. ... took effect at 6 a.m., banned smoking at bars; restaurants that skirted the old ban ...

Editorial: First take
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette - June 1, 2012

Tough bans prohibiting smoking in bars are also in place in Fort Wayne, Evansville, West Lafayette and Muncie. The state's largest city without a ban is now ...

Smoking ban in Indy to start
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette - June 1, 2012

A new smoking ban takes effect today in Indianapolis, leaving South Bend as the largest among a dwindling number of Indiana cities that still allow restaurant ...

State's new smoking law celebrated, but more to be done
Post-Tribune – May 31, 2012

Charlie Brown, D-Gary, father of the state's new smoking restrictions, would have ... Cunningham suffers from several secondhand smoke problems, including ...

Tough Indianapolis smoking ban takes effect Friday
Muncie Star Press - May 31, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS -- A new smoking ban takes effect Friday in Indianapolis, leaving ... The state ban exempts bars, casinos, retail tobacco shops and private clubs. …

Clay Co. could go smoke-free
WTHI - May 31, 2012

The clock is ticking and soon many Hoosier establishments will be smoke-free. …
Clay County commissioners still have the chance to go smoke-free all together which might stir up trouble. …

6 cigar, hookah bars apply for license
Indianapolis Star, May 31, 2012

A half-dozen cigar and hookah bars have applied for a new license they will need to qualify for an exemption from the city's expanded smoking ban, the Indianapolis Department of Code Enforcement said Wednesday. ...

New Indy smoking ban leaves South Bend as largest Indiana city ...
The Republic - May 30, 2012

Just because you happen to work in a bar should not put you in a health hazard that I'm protected from," said Jill Sabo, tobacco-free coordinator for St. Joseph ...

Soon we'll wonder: Why the fuss?
Indianapolis Star - May 30, 2012

Finally, there's ample evidence that life will go on from the several bars that on their own went smoke-free ahead of the new city law, which takes effect Friday. …

Will (growing) pile of smoking-ban lawsuits go anywhere?
Indianapolis Star - May 30, 2012

... Court claiming that Indianapolis' expanded smoking ban, which takes effect Friday, ... Indiana student banned from returning to U.S. for graduation .... Therein, potentially, lie hurdles for the bars -- aside from the history of smoking bans ...

Lawrence may extend smoking ban
Indianapolis Star - May 30, 2012

City Councilman David Parnell hopes to expand the scope of Lawrence's smoking ban, too. Under his proposal, smoking would be banned in bars, as well as ...

Tavern owners sue city over impending smoking ban
Fox 59 (IN) May 29, 2012

The operators of eight bars, and at least one smoker, have filed federal lawsuits against Indianapolis' smoking ban which goes into effect this Friday.

Indy Bans Smoking in Bars on Friday
Indiana's NewsCenter - May 29, 2012

Indianapolis (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The new statewide smoking ban takes effect July 1 and looks a lot like Indy's own smoking ordinance, but there's one ...

Elkhart, Ind., employer soon to go smoke-free
Indianapolis Star - May 29, 2012

... Products is preparing to snuff out all tobacco use on its two Elkhart sites, instituting stricter smoking rules than the coming statewide smoking ban requires.

Lawrence considers tougher smoking ban, including bars
Indianapolis Star May 29, 2012

An expanded smoking ban is being considered in the City of Lawrence. The new ban would add bars ...

Indianapolis bars prepare for smoking ban, though a legal challenge looms
Indianapolis (IN) Star - May 27, 2012

City bars prepare for smoking ban, though a legal challenge looms ...

Signs point to changes in Indiana 'smoke-free' laws
Princeton Daily Clarion - May 24, 2012

Gwen Siekman, coordinator for Tobacco Free Gibson County, said she and Indiana Excise Officer Chuck Butler have given several compliance-related ...

Mixed reactions persist over Evansville smoking ban
14 News WFIE Evansville - May 24, 2012

Since April 1st, some bars have built outdoor smoking lounges and they say ... Unlike bars, casinos are still exempt in both the state and Evansville smoking ...

Syd's, a landmark bar in Noblesville, bans smoking
Indianapolis Star - May 24, 2012

It's also known for being thick with smoke. Not anymore. Syd's went smoke-free on May 15, more than a month before the statewide smoking ban goes into effect .

Elkhart company helps workers stop smoking
10TV - May 23, 2012

KIK Custom Products is preparing to snuff out all tobacco use on its two Elkhart sites, instituting stricter smoking rules than the coming statewide smoking ban requires. … About a year ago, KIK offered smoking cessation classes to employees and formed the tobacco cessation committee to develop the smoke-free policy. "We want ...

Indy Bars Prepare For Smoke-Free Air
Indiana Public Media - May 22, 2012

Bars, restaurants, hotel rooms and bowling alleys will no longer allow their customers to smoke inside starting June 1st.

Smoke Free Indy
WISH - May 22, 2012

Secondhand smoke causes approximately 3400 lung cancer deaths and about 46000 heart disease deaths among non-smoking adults each year in the United ...

Non-smoking policy coming to Chumley's (Today's Special)
Journal and Courier - May 22, 2012

Inhale new menu, not the smoke starting Aug. 1… Chumley's announced it will go 100 percent non-smoking starting Aug. ... restaurants has become less socially acceptable with non-smokers and smokers alike. …

No tobacco in Monroe County parks, please, county officials say ($$)
Times-Mail (subscription) - May 22, 2012

Signs banning the practices will soon be posted at each park. ... We hope the signs will empower staff members or non-smoking members of the ... After some discussion, the Monroe County Parks board voted to ban tobacco use at the parks. …

Indiana casinos face falling revenue, new competition
Indianapolis Business Journal - May 21, 2012

Indiana's nearly 20-year-old casino industry is facing declining revenues and growing ... also gave an exemption for casinos from a new statewide smoking ban. …

Indiana's casino industry at crossroads as revenues decline, out-of ...
The Republic - May 20, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana's nearly 20-year-old casino industry is facing declining ... also gave an exemption for casinos from a new statewide smoking ban.

Vigo Co. adopts cities smoke-free ordinance
WTHI (IN)- May 15, 2012

Vigo County commissioners added a provision to their smoking ordinance ... But according to Adelman and the local bar community by banning cigarettes from ...

Vigo County Smoking Ban Amended
WIBQ (IN) - May 16, 2012

Vigo County Commissioners made an amendment to the smoking ban that is set to take effect in July. In 2007, Vigo County banned smoking in all public ...

Longtime downtown Noblesville bar goes smoke-free early
Indianapolis Star - May 15, 2012

When Syd's Fine Food & Spirits opens for lunch on Tuesday, patrons who normally went there to light up will be asked to put out their cigarettes. … The restaurant, at 808 Logan St., is going smoke-free more than a month before the statewide smoking ban goes into effect July 1. 'As soon as we open the ...

Clear the air
South Bend Tribune - May 15, 2012

If you've visited the St. Joseph County Courthouse on Main Street in South Bend lately, you've likely entered through a cloud of smoke. … The protocol results in a lot of people hanging out near the east door to smoke. The new statewide smoking ban that takes effect July 1 requires smokers to be at ...

St. Joseph County doesn't plan to help enforce smoking ban
WNDU NBC 16 (South Bend, IN) - May 5, 2012

The St. Joseph County Board of Health met Wednesday night to discuss whether or not to help enforce Indiana’s smoking ban, which goes into effect July 1. …

Smoking Ban God For Hoosiers Says Truly
NewsTalk 1010 WCSI - Apr 30, 2012

Stephanie Truly, Tobacco Prevention Coordinator at Columbus Regional Hospital, says the law is a good first step toward protecting nonsmokers and Hoosiers ...

Ball State group to study whether smoke-free campus has too many areas to light up
Greenfield Daily Reporter - Apr 29, 2012

The university currently has 11 designated outdoor smoking sites, but President Jo Ann Gora says she wants to know whether that's too many for a smoke-free ...

Ball State considering reducing smoking areas
Indianapolis Star - Apr 29, 2012

According to the Muncie Star Press, the university is considering reducing the number of areas where people can smoke. Ball State banned smoking in ...

Several bars going smoke free ahead of June 1 deadline
Fox 59 - April 25, 2012

By Kent Erdahl All bars and taverns in the city must go smoke free by June 1, but several are opting for May 1, if they haven't made the switch already. …

County officials support smoking ban
Batesville Herald Tribune (IN) April 24, 2012

BATESVILLE - County sanitarians will enforce Indiana's new smoking ban, supervisor Diane Turney, RN, announced at the quarterly Franklin County Health ...

BSU's designated smoking areas could be reduced, closed
Muncie Star Press - April 23, 2012

MUNCIE -- Ball State Unviersity, which became a smoke-free campus more than four years ago, is considering becoming even more smoke free. "We are smoke free ...

Suit Filed In Response To Evansville Smoking Ban
Indiana Public Media - April 23, 2012

The smoking ban fight may be over in Indianapolis for now, but it continues in Evansville, as that city’s new ban faces a court challenge. Unlike the Indianapolis ban signed into law by Mayor Greg Ballard last week, Evansville‘s smoking ban contains only one exemption – the gaming floor of Casino Aztar. …

IN RESPONSE: Smoker hacks into insurance cost claims of ban backers
Evansville Courier & Press - Apr 23, 2012

I could not let Jackie Jackson's letter of April 19 go without response. She regurgitated the typical lies we hear about smoking. It drives up insurance costs, second hand smoke is the root of all evils, blah, blah, blah! …

Matthew Tully: Struggle ends, at last, with a solid smoking ban for Indianapolis
Indianapolis Star, Apr 22, 2012

City-County Councilmen John Barth and Jeff Miller were smiling as they stood among dozens of people at a Northside neighborhood meeting Thursday evening. The smiles were the result of a call Barth had received seconds earlier from the mayor's office, telling him that Mayor Greg Ballard had just signed into law a solid smoking ban that Barth had guided through the council. ...

Letter: Smoking near a child care center dangerous
The Republic - Apr 22, 2012

They are at risk for secondhand smoke. This should help you and others about this issue. I do not mind what you do, I just care about others and my own ...

Cleaner and greener, but still dreaming of transit
Indianapolis Star - Apr 21, 2012

... the long-sought extension of the city's anti-smoking ordinance to most bars. ... deadly enemy of secondhand smoke, there's much that remains to be done. …

Smoking Ban Fight Continues in Evansville
93.1 WIBC Indianapolis - Apr 21, 2012

… The smoking ban fight may be over in ... "The casino represents millions of dollars of revenue to the city and the county ...

Just how much political access can you afford?
Indianapolis Star - Apr 21, 2012

The City-County Council was preparing to vote on the latest draft of a smoking ban, when Democratic councilman John Barth, who co-sponsored the ban, received a text message from a member of Ballard's staff. The mayor wanted the council to tweak a word in the ban's language. Barth and the other co-sponsors agreed to the last-minute edit because it didn't change the scope of the ban, but the text message caused quite a stir. Some of the councilors were irked that Ballard's staff waited until the last minute to propose a change. They said he had plenty of time to review the new draft after he vetoed the council's previous draft in February. "We should not be governing by text," Council Vice President Brian Mahern, a Democrat, said. …

Indianapolis mayor signs smoking ban for most bars
Post-Tribune April 20, 2012

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard signed an ordinance Thursday night expanding the existing city's smoking ban to add bars under rules that will be tighter ...

Indianapolis Passes City Smoking Ban
Indiana Public Media - April 20, 2012

By Network Indiana Last night Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard signed the a city-wide smoking ban into law. The smoking ban will go into effect at 6 am on ...

Matthew Tully: Thanks advocates for Indy's stronger smoking ban
Indianapolis Star - April 20, 2012

...With Ballard's signature, the county's weak seven-year-old ban -- the one ... After hearing that the smoking ban had been signed, 8-year-old Miles had ...

Reactions roll in on Indy smoking ban
WISH - April 20, 2012

Mayor Greg Ballard signed the ban into law Thursday night. ... Many of the firefighters came from states or cities where smoking bans are already in effect.

Bars May Seek Comprehensive Smoking Ban In Indy
93.1 WIBC Indianapolis - April 20, 2012

"To say it's such a horrible thing that it has to be banned in certain ... members met last week after the City-Council council passed the smoking ban bill.

Smoking ban could have ripple effect
WISH - (IN) April 18, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The new Indianapolis smoking ban needs the mayor's signature before it can go into effect, but others in surrounding communities are ...

AUDIO: E-Cigarettes Included in City's Smoking Ban Proposal
WIBC 91.3 FM (Indianapolis, IN), 2012-04-18

Some councillors questioned whether e-cigarettes were harmful to other patrons in bars and restaurants. The e-cigarettes deliver a vapor consisting of water, propylene glycol and nicotine and Dr. Amy Peak, Director of Drug Information Services at Butler University, says those three main ingredients, if you look at the big picture, are not very harmful.

EDITORIAL: Don't blame closing on city smoking ban
Evansville (IN) Courier & Press, 2012-04-18 Author: David J. Hanson, Ph.D

The city of Evansville's recently enacted smoking ban includes most public places that serve alcoholic beverages and could become a favorite scapegoat for whatever ails businesses in Evansville.

Smoking Restaurants Blast Smoking Ban Plan
93.1 WIBC Indianapolis - April 17, 2012

Mayor Greg Ballard is still mulling over the new plan that bans smoking in ... The local ban, that's stronger than a recently approve statewide smoking ban, ...

Indianapolis Council Again Delivers Victory for Smoke-Free Air – Mayor Ballard Should Sign Into Law
MarketWatch (press release) - April 17, 2012

WASHINGTON, April 17, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Statement of Susan M. Liss Executive Director, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids … The Indianapolis City-County Council tonight again delivered a victory for the public's right to breathe clean air by voting to make all restaurants and bars and most other workplaces smoke-free. We applaud the Council for its leadership and perseverance in working to improve the city's health, and we urge Mayor Greg Ballard to sign this legislation into law. It's time to protect all Indianapolis residents and workers from the serious health hazards of secondhand smoke. …

Indianapolis council votes to ban smoking in bars
Louisville Courier-Journal - April 17, 2012

AP INDIANAPOLIS ­ The Indianapolis City-County Council has voted to ban smoking in the city's bars under tougher restrictions that supporters hope the mayor ...

Ballard Examining Enhanced Smoking Ban
Inside INdiana Business (press release) - April 17, 2012

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard says he will review a stronger smoking ban proposal passed by members of the City-County Council. …

City-Wide Smoking Ban Draws Mixed Reactions
93.1 WIBC Indianapolis - April 17, 2012

Smoke Free Andy has a strong opinion about the ban. "We are pleased that councilors from both political parties listened to their constituents and worked ...

Indianapolis City-County Council Passes Smoking Ban
Indiana Public Media - April 17, 2012

With a vote of 20-9, the Indianapolis City-County Council once again passed a city-wide smoking ban. The ban exempts cigar and hookah bars, off-track betting facilities, retail tobacco stores and private clubs. ...

Smoke-free bars in Indianapolis are just one OK away: Stricter ban awaits mayor's signature after council approves measure with 20-9 vote
Indianapolis Star - April 17, 2012

Indianapolis soon may have a much stricter smoking ban that would cover the city's bars, bowling alleys and hotels. …

City-County Council OKs new smoking-ban proposal
Indianapolis Business Journal - April 16, 2012

New private clubs, those founded after April 1, would have to go smoke-free. The council on Jan. 30 voted 19-9 in favor of expanding the citywide ban to ...

Indianapolis City-County Council passes new smoking ban
Fox 59 - April 16, 2012

Lindsey Grace with Smoke Free Indy has been working on this proposal. She says it will help create a better image for the city, "All signs are pointing to ...

City-County Council OKs smoking ban
WISH - April 16, 2012

Without such a vote, though, a private club would be required to be smoke-free. The new ban proposal comes on the heels of statewide smoking rules passed by ...

City-County Council Approves Stricter Smoking Ban
WRTV Indianapolis - April 16, 2012

If it makes everybody happy and we get a better smoke-free policy in Indianapolis, it's worth the effort," Barth said. Barth and Councilor Angela Mansfield ...

Indianapolis smoking-ban vote is tonight
Indianapolis Star - Apr 16, 2012

For the second time this year, the Indianapolis City-County Council is set to vote on a proposal banning smoking in most bars. …

Smoker supports Evansville smoking ban ($$)
Herald-Times (Bloomington, IN), April 9, 2012

In this April 5, 2012 photo, Scott Bishop and Sarah Nellis dance while Fox Fly, far right, and his wife, Opal, center, and Alex Wallwork, ri ...

Indiana to enforce statewide smoke-free law in July
Brazil (IN) Times - Apr 8, 2012

On July 1, 2012, the statewide smoke-free law goes into effect. Smoking is prohibited in place of employment, public places and restaurants. ... This law is to protect individuals from the dangers of secondhand smoke. …

Indianapolis Star Editorial | Indianapolis' smoke finally clears
Louisville Courier-Journal - April 9, 2012

Tuesday, the council's Rules and Public Policy Committee approved a bipartisan measure that would expand the existing no-smoking ordinance to include bars, …

Bars in SW Ind. city adjusting to new smoking ban
NECN - Apr 7, 2012

Bars in southwestern Indiana's largest city are adjusting to a new smoking ban that's generated mixed responses from bar patrons accustomed to smoky barrooms. The smoking ban in Evansville approved this February by the city council took effect April 1. It excludes only the riverboat casino, Casino Aztar, ...

LETTER: Smoking ban helps health
Evansville Courier & Press - April 5, 2012

I would like to comment about the news article in the March 31 edition of the Evansville Courier & Press, "City smoking ban still stands. …

Path finally clear for smoke ban
Indianapolis Star - April 5, 2012

At long last, a smoking law worthy of the name appears to be within reach of a city government that's made hard labor of the art of compromise. …

Are e-cigarettes safe enough to skirt smoking bans?
WISH - April 4, 2012

Defenders of e-cigarettes, including Stephanie Rogers owner of Vapor Lock, a store that sells e-cigarettes, say the vapor is harmless. …

Electronic cigarettes could be included in city's smoking ban
Fox 59 - April 4, 2012

Electronic cigarettes are supposed to be better for your health than regular cigarettes, but some Indianapolis City-County councilors are now trying to get ...

City-County Council panel approves smoking
Measure keeps exemption for veterans halls, private clubs in hopes Ballard will approve it
Indianapolis (IN) Star, 2012-04-04

A City-County Council panel on Tuesday moved an expanded smoking ban covering most bars a step closer to reality in Indianapolis.

Smoking ban advances from Indianapolis council panel
Indianapolis Star - April 4, 2012

Greg Griffo/ The Star 2011 file photo A City-County Council panel on Tuesday moved an expanded smoking ban covering most bars a step closer to reality in ..

Smoking ban proposal advances to City-County Council
Indianapolis Business Journal - April 4, 2012

Ballard snuffed out the council's last attempt at a stronger ban when he vetoed ... measure except that it no longer bans smoking at existing private clubs.

Electronic cigarettes could be included in latest Indianapolis smoking ban
WISH-TV Channel 8 (Indianapolis, IN), 2012-04-04

...e-cigarettes could be part of the latest version of the city-wide smoking ban in Indianapolis .

AUDIO: Council Committee Approves Smoking Ban
WIBC 91.3 FM (Indianapolis, IN), 2012-04-04

The new smoking ban has just a few exemptions such as cigar and hookah bars, off-track betting facilities, retail tobacco stores and private clubs. Republican Councillor Robert Lutz said he would only support a comprehensive smoking ban which he has introduced in the past and has been defeated. Council President Maggie Lewis said she thinks most councillors want a comprehensive smoking ban.

Private clubs say they will appeal ruling in smoking ban case
Evansville Courier & Press (IN) April 4, 2012

...that exempted the gaming floor of Casino Aztar. ... about outdoor ashtrays too close to doorways and some locations still using temporary smoking areas.

EDITORIAL: Judge Pigman got it right on city smoking ban
Evansville Courier & Press (IN) - April 4, 2012

As a result, the city's ban, the toughest in Indiana, went into effect on ... Aztar officials had warned that should smoking be banned entirely at the ...

IndianapolisTougher smoking ban proposal includes bars, bowling alleys
WTHR - April 3, 2012

A new push is underway to strengthen Indianapolis' smoking ban and greatly reduce the number of establishments where smoking is currently allowed. ...

2nd day of smoking ban, some bar owners still fighting
14 News WFIE Evansville (IN) - April 2, 2012

The fight against Evansville's new smoking ban is far from over. … The group says the ban in unconstitutional and by allowing smoking in Casino Aztar and not other establishments makes unfair competition. …

Bar owner disgruntled about smoking ban | POLL
Evansville Courier & Press – April 1, 2012
By Megan Erbacher

The smell of smoke still lingered from Saturday night's crowd, but on Sunday, the ashtrays at Corner Bar & Grill were gone and patrons who wanted to smoke were headed outside to light up. …


Evansville's smoking ban has officially taken effect
14 News WFIE Evansville - Apr 1, 2012

For some bartenders changing over to a smoke-free environment is something they've been preparing for since it passed back in February. …

Here is the latest Indiana news from The Associated Press
FOX19 - Mar 31, 2012

A southwestern Indiana judge has cleared the way for Evansville's new smoking ban to take effect tomorrow. A Vanderburgh County judge denied a request for an injunction yesterday until after he rules on a lawsuit filed by bar and club owners who oppose the ban. The judge's decision leaves in place the smoking ban passed February 13th by the Evansville city council that excludes Casino Aztar. …

Judge Will Rule Soon on Evansville Smoking Ban Challenge
Tristatehomepage.com - March 29, 2012

A Vanderburgh County judge will have the final say regarding Evansville's new smoking ban. Private clubs and taverns have filed lawsuits against the city, saying Casino Aztar should not have special treatment over their businesses. …

Challenge to Evansville smoking ban
14 News WFIE Evansville (Indiana) - March 28, 2012

The smoking ban was passed February 13 by the city council and is supposed to go into effect April 1. The ban exempts the gaming floor of Casino Aztar. ...

Court will consider delaying smoking ban
Evansville Courier & Press - March 27, 2012

By Arek Sarkissian II EVANSVILLE - Two motions for temporary injunctions against the city's smoking ban will be heard Wednesday morning before Judge Robert ...

Jackson Lewis | Indiana's Smoking Ban Goes into Effect July 1, 2012
Linex Legal (press release) (registration) - March 28, 2012

Indiana has become the 40th state in the country to enact a statewide ban on smoking in places of employment. The ban, signed by Governor Mitch Daniels on ...

IndianapolisCity-County Council looks at tougher smoking ban
WTHR - March 27, 2012

To add to the debate, the current proposal also covers electronic cigarettes in the ban. E-cigarettes are not tobacco products, but rather devices that emit ...

City-County Council tries for smoking ban again
WISH - March 26, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Another effort is under way to outlaw smoking in most bars, ... measure is designed to pick up where the state and city bans fell off. …

Councilors to introduce new smoking ban plan
Fox 59 - Mar 26, 2012

The new ordinance would ban smoking in all bars, but let private clubs decide whether to go smoke free or not. That's tougher than the new state-wide ban ...

IndianapolisCouncil to introduce new smoking ban proposal
WTHR - Mar 26, 2012

Entertainment News from AP A new smoking ban proposal for Indianapolis will be introduced at a City County Council meeting Monday night. …

Smoking law clouded with hazy rules
pharostribune.com - Mar 26, 2012

By Maureen Hayden CNHI Statehouse Bureau INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana's new statewide smoke-free law exempts bars from the smoking ban, but anyone who lights up ...

Smoking law recognizes value of life
Muncie Star Press - Mar 25, 2012

To them I ask, "What are you smoking?" The legislation bans smoking in most public places and restaurants. Casinos, private clubs and a few other exemptions ...

Restaurant can't wait to go smoke-free
WANE - Mar 25, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (WANE) - COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (WANE) When you walk into Richard's in Columbia City, there's a sign that says no smoking on Sundays ...

Bowling alley owners have mixed feelings about ban
The Herald Bulletin (IN) - Mar 24, 2012

“I think if you are going to make a bar go smoke-free, you should make that ... We will have to be smoke-free, but you will be able to smoke in the bar down ...

Luciano: Smoking out the letter of the law
Peoria Journal Star - Mar 24, 2012

By PHIL LUCIANO Poll: Should outdoor beer gardens be exempt from the Smoke Free Illinois Act? Yes. Businesses are suffering and outdoor beer gardens are a ...

Indiana's New Anti-Smoking Law
JD Supra (press release) - Mar 26, 2012

Mitch Daniels signed anti-smoking legislation into law. ... such as bars, riverboats, casinos and certain fraternal clubs, but the law will apply to most ...

TULLY: Time to snuff out the smoking debate and pass a strong ban
Indianapolis (IN) Star, 2012-03-23

There must be a lot of confusion about the never-ending push for a stronger smoking ban. Just think about the head-spinning developments of the past few months: …

Reaching a milestone year, coalition reflects on victories, challenges
Greenfield Daily Reporter - March 22, 2012

Just two months shy of its 10-year anniversary, the Hancock County Tobacco-Free Coalition had a lot to celebrate at Thursday’s annual recognition meeting. ...

City-County Council Dems Work To Strengthen Smoking Ban
WRTV Indianapolis - March 22, 2012

Officials are introducing a proposal to make bars smoke-free, and hope the recent passage of a ... The last time the Council passed a smoke-free ordinance, ...

Hearing rescheduled on injunction to halt April 1 implementation ...
Evansville Courier & Press - March 22, 2012

The date for a court hearing on granting a temporary injunction blocking the April 1 implementation of Evansville's smoking ban has been rescheduled from Tuesday to Wednesday. … On March 12, private clubs and bars filed separate lawsuits against the Evansville City Council over a smoking ban it passed on Feb. 13. …

Gov. Daniels pleased with job growth, sounds off about new legislation
WANE - March 22, 2012

It's something Governor Mitch Daniels has been pushing for years - a statewide smoking ban. Legislation finally hit his desk Tuesday. …

New Indy smoking ban proposal expected from council Democrats
Plan would cover most bars, bowling alleys and hotel rooms
Indianapolis Star - March 22, 2012

The new statewide smoking ban may stop short of covering bars, ... Indianapolis' current ordinance bans smoking at most workplaces, including restaurants. …

Indianapolis council looks at tougher smoking ban
Palladium-Item - March 22, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) ­ Some Indianapolis City-County Council members have renewed a push to expand the city's smoking ban to include bars and other locations ...

Councilors to introduce new smoking-ban proposal
Indianapolis Business Journal - March 22, 2012

New private clubs, those founded after April 1, would have to go smoke-free. Mansfield said the proposed ordinance would be introduced Monday, ...

Lake County government smoking room to draw its last breath
nwitimes.com - March 21, 2012

CROWN POINT | Lake County government workers who smoke are about to lose their last indoor ... It only provides limited exemptions for bars and casinos. …

New citywide smoking ban proposal to include bars
Fox 59 (IN)- March 21, 2012

City-County Councilwoman Angela Mansfield told Fox59 News a compromise has been struck with Mayor Greg Ballard to include bars in the citywide smoking ban.

Hoosier smoking ban is a positive step
South Bend Tribune (IN) - March 21, 2012

Under the new smoking ban, Indiana will protect 95 percent of people while at work and also allow citizens to eat at any restaurant in the state without ..

Editorial: Legislature fails to lead with weak smoking ban
Daily Journal (IN) - March 20, 2012

In an all too familiar ritual, the Indiana General Assembly backed off from what appeared to be a promising attempt to adopt a true statewide smoke ban.

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels signs compromise statewide smoking ban
Indianapolis Star - March 20, 2012

Mitch Daniels was surrounded by state smoking ban advocates as he signed a the ... Bars and casinos are exempt, though smoking will be banned at charity ...

Backers of smoking ban bill vow to target bars next year
The Herald Bulletin - March 19, 2012

Mitch Daniels called the exemption-filled smoking ban bill he signed into law an example of the legislative process at its “finest,” but authors of the bill ...

Gov. Daniels signs bill to ban smoking in most public places
Indianapolis Star - March 19, 2012

Mitch Daniels today signed into law House Enrolled Act 1149, which bans smoking in most places. At the bill signing ceremony in his Statehouse office, ...

Governor signs state smoking ban into law
Indianapolis Business Journal - Mar 19, 2012

AP The governor signed the smoking ban bill and other legislation during a ... it exempts Indiana's bars, casinos, retail tobacco shops and private clubs ...

Dan Carpenter: Lines, irascible, erasable
Indianapolis Star - March 18, 2012

An anti-smoking law, at last. A little weak, though. The way I read it, deadly secondhand smoke will be permitted in most of the state, but not in the ...

LETTER: Suit shows true aim of bars, clubs
Evansville Courier & Press - Mar 18, 2012

I was disappointed to read in the Courier & Press about litigation pursued by private clubs and bars to overturn the smoking ban. I don't know why club and ...

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Smoking ban will aid Hoosiers' quality ...
nwitimes.com - Mar 17, 2012

Tourism officials noted that without an effective smoking ban, the state lost ... and Lowell took the lead in this issue and have had smoking bans in place. …

OUR VIEW: Precious time wasted in latest legislative session
Muncie (IN) Star Press - Mar 15, 2012

... nepotism and conflict of interest at the local government level. And a Swiss-cheese statewide smoking ban was enacted that carves out too many exemptions. But at least it's ...

COMMUNITY COMMENT: Smoking ban in bars, clubs is all about money, ego
Evansville Courier & Press - March 15, 2012

The Golden Goose reference is to the fact that Casino Aztar was the lone exemption ... none of us should want smoking banned at casinos, bars and taverns. …

Smoking ban passes; critics think it's too weak
Paoli News-Republican Online - March 15, 2012

by Miles Flynn Indiana has adopted a statewide smoking ban, but the measure is drawing fire from some public health groups who claim it's too weak. …

Legislature retreated on smoking ban
The Republic - March 14, 2012

Many communities had stopped short of full bans in anticipation of action by the state. ... Smoking ban proponents, especially health care advocates, ...

Indiana revises smoking ban
In light of the statewide changes, students are conflicted about the smoking policy on campus
Indiana Statesman (Indiana State U.), March 14, 2012

Aimee Janssen-Robinson, the Indiana State University Student Counseling Center and Student Health Promotion Outreach Educator, was glad to see the ban pass and make its way to Governor Mitch Daniels. . . .

Statewide smoking ban good for health, bad for business
Indiana Statesman - March 14, 2012

One of the bills to get final approval in both Houses was a statewide smoking ban. This ban was a compromise that it contained many exemptions, ...

Evansville Smoking Ban Opponents Seek Injunction
Inside INdiana Business (press release) - March 14, 2012

A hearing on a proposed temporary injunction against a city smoking ban in Evansville is set for this month. Our partners at the Evansville Courier & Press ...

Judge to consider injunction blocking Evansville smoking ban
Evansville Courier & Press - March 13, 2012

By Arek Sarkissian II EVANSVILLE - A hearing for a temporary injunction that could block an Evansville smoking ban has been scheduled for March 27 in ...

Indiana Senate poised to vote on smoking ban bill
WLFI.com - March 9, 2012

TOM DAVIES, AP INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Indiana Senate is poised vote on the statewide smoking ban proposal, with supporters uncertain whether they have the ...

Session Enters Final Hours
Inside INdiana Business (press release) - March 9, 2012

The status of a proposed statewide smoking ban remains uncertain. A close vote is expected early this afternoon in the Indiana Senate, after the compromise ...

Editorial: First take
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette - March 9, 2012

A statewide smoking ban – one riddled with exemptions – faces its final test before the Indiana Senate today. The measure was approved by the House 60-33 ...

Indiana House passes compromise smoking ban with bar exemption
Louisville Courier-Journal - March 9, 2012

Earlier in the session, the House approved a ban on smoking in most public places and ... The compromise version negotiated this week also exempts casinos, ...

Indiana smoking ban hangs like cloud over legislature's final day
Indianapolis Star - March 9, 2012

The House voted 60-33 Thursday night for the compromise measure which allows smoking in bars and casinos, but removed other exemptions the Senate had wanted ...

Ind. House approves statewide smoking ban bill
Indianapolis Star - March 8, 2012

The Indiana Campaign for Smokefree Air and the American Cancer Society asked lawmakers to reject the bill. "The Legislature is making it impossible for ...

Lawmakers scramble
Reporter-Times - March 9, 2012

The Indiana House approved a statewide smoking ban Thursday night that exempts bars, private clubs and casinos but the bill's supporters were still working ...

Sponsors of weakened Indiana smoking ban seek support
WSBT-TV - March 9, 2012

... said she would support a compromise that also exempts casinos, private clubs, ... House and Senate negotiators prepared a compromise on the smoking ban ...

Ind. Senate Poised To Vote On Weakened Smoking Ban
WLWT Cincinnati - March 9, 2012

Danielle Patterson of the Indiana Campaign for Smokefree Air says the group is disappointed that the compromise proposal doesn't ban smoking in bars, ...

House approves ban on smoking
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette - March 9, 2012

“It goes a long way to making our state smoke-free.” The ban generally is meant to protect employees from dangerous, smoke-filled air. …

LETTER: Smoking ban about Americans' rights
Evansville Courier & Press - March 9, 2012

I read the Courier & Press editorial about the smoking ban. The Courier & Press just doesn't get it. It's not really about the smoking; it's about our ...

PHIL WIELAND: Indiana Senate a bunch of wheeze guys
nwitimes.com - March 9, 2012

Last week the Senate finally passed a smoking ban but amended the bill to provide so many exemptions that almost the only thing it bans is letting smokers ...

Some food for thought on murky nature of smoke ban
nwitimes.com - March 9, 2012

They want to allow smoking in these bars and taverns. Most restaurants have bar areas. This is government out of control. And Republican senators controlled ...

Indiana smoking ban supported by 70 percent of Hoosiers
The Creative Department - March 8, 2012

A recent poll from the American Cancer Society suggests that smoking is a hot topic in ... would be in favor of law banning smoking in most public places. …

Letter: Smoker applauds council, warns not to attack personal freedoms ($$)
Herald Times Online, March 9, 2012

To the editor: I would like to applaud the Ellettsville Town Council for its position on smoking in Ellettsville. I am a business owner and ...

Indiana smoking ban, money issues still face votes
WAVE - March 8, 2012

... but still must decide whether they're going to approve a statewide smoking ban and how quickly the state inheritance tax should be phased out.

General Assembly in Brief
Indianapolis Star - March 8, 2012

Ron Alting, R-Lafayette, an adviser to the committee, said the only agreement so far is that the smoking ban needs to pass. The House version exempted ...

IN RESPONSE: Smoking ban is about owners' loss of rights
Evansville Courier & Press - March 8, 2012

….KC's Time Out Lounge is inside a nonsmoking mall, so I see very little ballyhoo over the fact that it's seen an uptick in business. …

Smoke-free group lobbies Ind. lawmakers against smoking ban ...
The Republic - March 8, 2012

TOM DAVIES AP INDIANAPOLIS ­ The American Cancer Society is lobbying against a weakened smoking ban state lawmakers are considering as it becomes apparent ...

Update on Indiana smoking ban issue
WLFI.com - March 8, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Legislators finished work Wednesday without an agreement yet on just how comprehensive a statewide smoking ban they might adopt and without the support of a major police group for a proposal laying out when residents might be legally justified in using force against police officers. ...

Cancer society opposes Indiana smoking ban exemptions
Palladium-Item - March 8, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) ­ The American Cancer Society is lobbying against a weakened smoking ban state lawmakers are considering as it becomes apparent the ...

Compromise close on statewide smoking ban legislation
Muncie Star Press - March 8, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS ­ A joint House-Senate committee has reached a preliminary compromise on a statewide smoking ban. … -Brown said bars would be exempted under the ban, able to allow smoking. ... it's likely that cities and towns that have already passed similar bans, ...

Lawmakers Working On Final Draft Of Smoking Ban
Indiana Public Media - March 8, 2012

By Brandon Smith Lawmakers are working on a final draft of a statewide smoking ban, but there are still significant sticking points to overcome and only ...

Turner: Still holding out to include bars in smoking ban
The Statehouse File - March 7, 2012

By Lesley Weidenbener INDIANAPOLIS – The author of a statewide smoking ban bill said Wednesday he's not ready to give in to lawmakers who say they won't ...

Smoking ban deal nears completion
Indianapolis Star (blog) – March 7, 2012

There's just not enough votes in the Senate, she said, to ban smoking in bars. ... Anti-smoking advocates continue to push for legislation that bans smoking ...

Not much smoke left in Indiana ban bill
Evansville Courier & Press – March 6, 2012

It also would bar smoking bans that cover any of the state's 11 casinos and two racinos ­ an essential step, argued Casino Association of Indiana head Mike ...

No consensus on smoking ban
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette - March 6, 2012

It was the first time the conservative Senate voted on a ban and it passed ... Twenty-nine states have comprehensive smoking bans, and 22 of those cover ...

Transparent bills
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette - March 6, 2012

This session began with a dramatic showdown on anti-union right-to-work legislation and appears destined to end with a dramatic showdown over a smoking ban. ...

Finish line is in sight for 2012 session of General Assembly
Indianapolis Star - March 6, 2012

The finale of this session focuses on a handful of bills that have survived the legislative hurdles: House Bill 1149, which would ban smoking in some places ...

Supporters of smoking ban start looking for ways to agree
The Statehouse File - March 5, 2012

The House-passed bill would ban smoking in almost all workplaces, with exemptions for casinos, cigar bars and hookah bars. The House plan would also phase ...

New poll shows 70 percent support for smoking ban
WNDU-TV - March 5, 2012

The poll comes as the smoking ban debate heads into the home stretch at the ... think that's different for me, from passing a law banning a legal practice.

Indiana Lawmakers Say Smoking Ban Has Too Many Exemptions
Indiana Public Media - March 5, 2012

By Brandon Smith, IPBS A co-sponsor of the statewide smoking ban says the ... on the final details of a bill banning smoking in public places some lawmakers ...

Sponsor of Indiana smoking ban bill says it shouldn't prevent ...
Greenfield Daily Reporter - March 5, 2012

Beverly Gard of Greenfield, the smoking ban bill's Senate sponsor, ... opened around Greenfield despite tough smoking bans in the city and Hancock County.

Talks start on Indiana smoking ban compromise
Indianapolis Star - March 5, 2012

By Tom Davies, AP INDIANAPOLIS (WTW) ­ A leading supporter of Indiana's statewide smoking ban bill says it shouldn't prevent cities and counties from ...

Smoking ban stands between legislators and end of session
WISH - March 5, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - State lawmakers hope to finish the 2012 session of the General Assembly this week and one of the governor's top remaining priorities is the effort to pass a proposed statewide smoking ban. A House-Senate conference committee will try to draft an acceptable compromise on the smoking ban and it began its work this morning. …

Lawmakers seek to strengthen smoking ban
Indianapolis Star (blog) - Mar 5, 2012

The state ban exempts gaming facilities, but Turner wants local ... Smith worried banning smoking could hurt revenues, but lawmakers seemed unconvinced.

Alting: Even Daniels Can't Exempt Bars From Senate Smoke Ban
Indiana Public Media - Mar 5, 2012

Indiana House and Senate lawmakers will meet this morning to hammer out the details of a final version of statewide smoking ban legislation. …

Not fired up on smoking ban
South Bend Tribune - Mar 5, 2012

Where there's smoke there's fire -- unless you're referring to Indiana's effort to craft a smoking ban, in which case there's just plenty of water. …

Negotiators Aim to Hammer Out Smoking Ban Bill
Inside INdiana Business (press release) - Mar 5, 2012

A conference committee is scheduled to meet this morning at the Statehouse in an effort to come up with a final version of a statewide smoking ban.

Casinos have secure spot in smoking ban carve-out
pharostribune.com - Mar 5, 2012

…They convinced backers of the smoking ban bill that their industry and the ... and casino admission revenue if smoking was banned in the state's 11 casinos ...

Legislators nearing final buzzer
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette - Mar 5, 2012

The most closely watched bill is the statewide smoking ban, which emerged ... If legislators adjourn without approving a smoking ban, they will have fallen ...

Matthew Tully: Indiana Senate's weakened smoking 'ban' is an embarrassment
Indianapolis Star - Mar 4, 2012

... it, has once again embarrassed Indiana -- this time with its lowbrow debate over a statewide smoking ban. Years after other states passed strong smoking bans, some of our senators apparently ...

EDITORIAL: Senate smoking ban bad for business ($$)
Indianapolis (IN) Business Journal, 2012-03-04

The statewide smoking ban approved by the Indiana Senate Feb. 29 was riddled with exemptions, seeming to prove what many people have already concluded: The majority of our lawmakers aren’t concerned with public health; they care far more about the right of business owners to operate without government intrusion. …

JOHN LUCAS: City hall has nuttin' to do with protecting us
Evansville Courier & Press - Mar 4, 2012

They can argue accurately in favor of a smoking ban because breathing secondhand smoke is bad for the nonsmokers who have to endure it. On the other hand, ...

Smoking ban clouded by exemptions
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette - Mar 4, 2012

Granted, the bill establishing a statewide smoking ban is so riddled with ... Fort Wayne's experience has shown that banning smoking doesn't put bars and ...

Lawmakers head to homestretch
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette - Mar 4, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS – With legislators angling for an early finish, the final week of the 2012 session will spotlight a statewide smoking ban, tax refunds for ...

Editor, Delph spar via Twitter over smoking ban
Indianapolis Star - Mar 3, 2012

The Indiana Senate's vote on a workplace smoking ban sparked an impromptu ... @tswarens Workplace smoking bans protect an innocent third party's health. …

Smoking bans pick up steam as attitudes shift
Post-Tribune - Mar 3, 2012

NDIANAPOLIS ­ Stuart Robertson put off making his Indianapolis bar go smoke-free as long as he could. …

The science tells truth of smoke's dangers
Indianapolis Star - Mar 3, 2012

That legislation -- a workplace smoking ban that would include most restaurants in ... There's compelling evidence that workplace smoking bans save lives. …

Erika Smith: Indiana's smoking debate boils down to making a ...
Indianapolis Star - Mar 3, 2012

It's no secret that I wish Indiana had a stronger indoor smoking ban -- one ... that used to allow smoking but in recent months have started banning it.

Club members ask state legislators for smoke-free workplaces
nwitimes.com - Mar 3, 2012

The meeting, sponsored by the Tobacco Education & Prevention Coalition for ... a bill currently before the State Senate to ban smoking in the workplace. …

Many ‘buts’ to smoking ban bill
Sen. Carlin Yoder explains why he voted against bill
Goshen (IN) News, 2012-03-02
ROD ROWE THE GOSHEN NEWS

Sen. Carlin Yoder, R-Middlebury, voted against the measure because he supports private property rights. And he said if the ban is comprehensive, it should not have many exemptions.

A sure bet to avoid ban on smoking
Casinos, ‘racinos’ among growing list of exceptions
Terre Haute (IN) Tribune-Star, 2012-03-03
Maureen Hayden CNHI The Tribune Star

As state legislators wrestle to come up with the final version of a smoking ban bill laden with exemptions, there's one carve-out that seems secure: Indiana's gaming facilities. …

Local smoking ban stronger than state plan
Shelbyville has had rule like proposed ban in place since 2006
Shelbyville (IN) News, 2012-03-02
Nick Cusack Staff writer

A statewide smoking ban that passed the Indiana Senate on Wednesday is less stringent than Shelbyville's non-smoking ordinance, but in practice, many smokers wouldn't notice the difference. …

Smoking ban now too weak
Palladium-Item - March 2, 2012

We've been lukewarm to past statewide smoking ban proposals, ... measure would have prohibited smoking in all indoor workplaces except casino gaming floors, ...

Daniels seeks strict smoking ban, OK with lenience
Indianapolis Star - March 2, 2012

Mitch Daniels says he's prepared to accept a weakened smoking ban if that's ... years of House lawmakers approving bans only to see them die in the Senate. ...

EDITORIAL: Sky will not fall with local, state bans on smoking
Evansville Courier & Press - March 2, 2012

As the owner of one popular East Side Evansville bar is finding out, the sky did not fall when he went smoke-free well ahead of the April 1 date for a ban ...

Anti-smoking groups react to altered smoking ban
WANE (IN) - March 1, 2012

"We're horrified," said Kevin O'Flaherty with the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids. "It has taken what has started off as a very good attempt at creating a ...

State Smoking Ban Means Little Change For Fort Wayne
Indiana's NewsCenter - March 1, 2012

The bill already exempts casinos, cigar bars, tobacco shops and private clubs. ... The City has had a smoking ban in place for years. …

Jerry Davich: Smoke all you want, just not in a public place or my ...
Post-Tribune (IN) - March 1, 2012

Our state Senate has recently voted for a statewide smoking ban that is now littered with more exemptions than ever, from casinos to nursing homes.

Hoosiers put at risk by smoke ban compromise
The Republic - March 1, 2012

Wednesday the Indiana Senate approved a modified smoke ban, an action some ... to casinos and private clubs is based on anecdotal and unproven assertions. …

Smoking at nursing homes debated
The Republic - March 1, 2012

By Kirk Johannesen johannesen@therepublic.com COLUMBUS ­ Some state lawmakers want to exempt nursing homes from a statewide smoking ban, a decision that ...

Senate OKs weakened smoking ban
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette - March 1, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana is closer than it has ever been to having a statewide smoking prohibition after the Indiana Senate voted 29-21 Wednesday to accept an ...

Senate makes an incoherent mess of smoking ban
News Sentinel - March 1, 2012

Lack of support for a similar watered-down version was what killed a smoking ban last year – the support for such a measure has grown to the point where a ...

Editorial: Smoking bans pay off in health and safety
The Herald-Times (subscription) - March 1, 2012

This is not a phenomenon limited to quirky, anti-smoking places. ... The House bill had already exempted casinos, cigar bars and retail tobacco shops. …

Indiana Senate passes weakened smoking ban
Louisville Business First (blog) - March 1, 2012

The Indiana Senate passed a statewide smoking ban, but House leaders said they will oppose it because it has too many exemptions. …

State smoking ban exempts bars
Muncie Free Press – February 29, 2012

By Rick Yencer INDIANAPOLIS, IN - A statewide smoking ban that exempts bars ... It took five years for Republican senators even to pass a smoking ban that ...

Indiana Senate approves diluted state smoking ban
Indianapolis Business Journal - February 29, 2012

AP For all the bluster a statewide smoking ban sparked at the beginning of the ... has opposed smoking bans in the past for not covering enough businesses.

Indiana Senate OKs weaker smoking ban
Outcome Magazine (blog) – February 29, 2012

“Smoke-free workplaces, and smoke-free restaurants.” Sen. Bev Gard, R-Greenfield, said the bill could come out of the conference committee in a stronger ...

Smoke-free bars won't turn back
WISH – February 29, 2012

So, 24-Hour News 8 went back to local bars that went smoke-free on their own, to find out how it's working. After 125 years, the Old Point Tavern on ...

Don't be stopped by this latest smoke-ban letdown
Indianapolis Star – February 29, 2012

The Senate version of the bill no longer would ban smoking in bars, nursing homes or even at charity bingo gatherings in schools and churches. Casinos ...

Senate passes smoking ban exempting bars
Indianapolis Star – February 29, 2012

Employees of bars, casinos and private clubs are at the highest risk for second-hand smoking-related illnesses." Twenty-nine states have comprehensive ...

Watered-down smoking ban passes Indiana Senate
Evansville Courier & Press - February 29, 2012

For the first time, he included a smoking ban in his legislative agenda for this ... bowling alleys and hotel rooms ­ have already mostly banned smoking. …

Indiana Senate exemptions jeopardize smoking ban
The Herald Bulletin - February 29, 2012

AP INDIANAPOLIS ­ Indiana senators on Tuesday gutted a proposal to ban smoking statewide, leading anti-tobacco advocates to oppose the severely weakened ...

Senate considers changes to state smoking-ban bill
Indianapolis Business Journal - February 28, 2012

AP Indiana senators are ready to begin tinkering with a proposal to ban smoking statewide in some private establishments. The full Senate is scheduled to ...

Statewide smoking ban legislation heads to Indiana Senate, where ...
Indianapolis Star - February 28, 2012

The Indiana House has passed legislation for a ban the previous five years, ... Twenty-nine states have comprehensive smoking bans; 22 include bars. Rep.

Senate Takes Up Smoking Tuesday
Eagle 99.3 FM WSCH - February 28, 2012

(Indianapolis, Ind.) - It could be a long day in the Indiana Senate on Monday as lawmakers take up a proposal to make Indiana a smoke-free state. …

Indiana Downs tells City Council smoking ban hurts
Evansville Courier & Press - February 28, 2012

Council members said the casino exemption protects badly needed local tax ... his facility would see a 20 percent decline in revenue from the smoking ban. …

Evansville Smoking Ban Taking Fire in Council Meeting
Tristatehomepage.com - February 27, 2012

Indiana Downs GM John Schuster gave a ten minute pitch for an exemption to Evansville's smoking ban. Schuster says the ban could be devastating to his ...

Amendments could spark fight over smoking ban in Senate
nwitimes.com - February 27, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS | A House-approved proposal for a statewide smoking ban looks to ... House Bill 1149 currently bans smoking in all indoor public spaces except ...

Ellettsville Town Council urged to ban smoking at all businesses
The Herald-Times (subscription) - February 28, 2012

“We're interested in proposing smoke-free air for Ellettsville, just because we feel like it's the right thing to do,” Simmonds said, speaking for himself ...

Legislators start last leg of lawmaking
Evening News and Tribune - February 28, 2012

One big bill still up for debate is the statewide smoking ban that would prohibit smoking ... and with exemptions for casinos, cigar bars and private clubs. …

Indiana Senate to take up smoking ban
WDRB - February 28, 2012

(WDRB) -- The debate over a statewide smoking ban in Indiana is expected to light up Tuesday. The full Senate will take up the bill approved by a Senate ...

Smoking Ban Bill to Hit Senate Floor
Inside INdiana Business (press release) - February 28, 2012

The full Indiana Senate is expected to consider amendments this afternoon to a statewide smoking ban bill. The measure has been approved by the House and ...

Ind. Senate considers carve-outs to smoking ban
Post-Tribune - February 28, 2012

By TOM LoBIANCO AP February 28, 2012 9:58AM INDIANAPOLIS ­ Indiana senators are ready to begin tinkering with a proposal to ban smoking statewide in some ...

Locals connect with state legislators
Princeton (IN) Daily Clarion - Feb 27, 2012

Questions in the forum included discussion of the smoking ban, ... Gwen Siekman told legislators she did not agree with exemptions for casinos or clubs. …

Ellettsville Town Council to hear request for smoking ban tonight
The Herald-Times (subscription) - Feb 27, 2012

By Kasey Husk 331-4243 | khusk@heraldt.com The Ellettsville Town Council is expected to hear a request to ban smoking in local businesses at its meeting ...

Indiana lawmakers eye smoking ban, inheritance tax
Fox 28 - Feb 27, 2012

Indiana lawmakers are set to work on a statewide smoking ban and a few other hot-button issues in the waning days of the 2012 session. …

Editorial: First take
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette - Feb 27, 2012

Among them: The smoking ban will be eligible for second reading in the Senate today. Significant amendments could send the bill to a conference committee, ...

Imperfect smoking ban
Fort Wayne (IN) Journal Gazette - Feb 27, 2012

Granted, the ban isn't perfect, with exemptions for casinos, cigar and hookah bars, and for private clubs that have voted to allow smoking and do not allow ...

Smoking ban a hot issue for region bar owners
nwitimes.com - Feb 26, 2012

The legislation would ban smoking in all indoor public spaces with, exemptions for casinos, tobacco stores, hookah bars and private clubs. …

LETTER: Smoking ban hits business rights
Evansville Courier & Press - Feb 26, 2012

It is well-known that the major restaurant chains already have a no-smoking policy. Once again, the hand of government not only imposed a double standard, ...

Passage of smoking ban bill may not extinguish the fight
Evening News and Tribune (IN) - Feb 26, 2012

Even some local smoking bans are facing challenges: A judge in Muncie threw ... Their argument: Smoking bans aimed at reducing exposure to second-hand smoke ...

HETRICK: Playing Pontius Pilate with the public's health
Indianapolis Business Journal, February 25, 2012

… But, alas, these reasonable acts of government protecting citizens’ health and safety fall to pieces or crawl into slow motion when it comes to the deadliest legal practice of them all. Not when there are seven lives lost to a single stage collapse. Not when there are, say, 100 lives lost to distracted driving. But when 10,000 lives are lost annually, in Indiana alone, to smoking and secondhand smoke. For that proven risk, lawmakers pile delay upon delay, excuse upon excuse, exception upon exception. And all the while, the death toll continues to rise. …

Delaware County smoking ban trumps state ban
Muncie (IN) Star Press - Feb 25, 2012

A statewide smoking ban approved by the Indiana House and by the Indiana Senate's Public Policy Committee gives bars not already covered under a local ...

Let's protect the rights of non-smokers in Indiana
South Bend (IN) Tribune - Feb 25, 2012

Please protect the rights of non-smokers to live free of secondhand smoke in every enclosed public building. Save our children's lungs from these so-called ...

Evansville smoking ban could face challenge on constitutional grounds
Evansville Courier & Press - Feb 25, 2012

By Arek Sarkissian II EVANSVILLE ­ A smoking ban approved earlier this month ... rights by including private clubs and taverns but exempting Casino Aztar.

Former Muncie lawmaker looks back on smoking ban advocacy
Muncie (IN) Star Press - Feb 25, 2012

…"A statewide comprehensive smoking ban (in public places)," Errington answered. ... House would ban smoking in all indoor public spaces except casinos; ...

Indiana Senate to Take Up Smoking Ban
NewsTalk 1010 WCSI – February 24, 2012

A year after killing an exception-laden smoking ban 8-1, the Senate Public Policy Committee approved a tougher version on a vote of 8 to 2. Casinos object ...

Evansville smoking-ban battle not over yet
14 News WFIE Evansville - February 24, 2012

The City Council's recently approved smoking ban only exempts Casino Aztar. ... ban does exempt casinos and off-track-betting facilities like Indiana Downs. …

Restaurants and bars don't wait for ordinance to go smoke-free
Indianapolis Star - February 24, 2012

While the City-County Council continues to work on a stronger smoking ban, some bars and restaurants have already made the switch to a smoke-free ...

Indiana moves closer to state smoking ban
WHIO Radio - February 24, 2012

The plans calls for banning smoking in all public places, except casinos, ... bar owner who said he believes that a ban would put him out of business.

Off-track betting facility wants exemption from smoking ban, too
Evansville Courier & Press - February 23, 2012

13, but he hopes council members will understand the impact the ban would have on the off-track parlor. "You know what, there is some shame on us for not ...

Club Owners Say Smoking Ban Exemption Could Hurt Business
Indiana Public Media - February 23, 2012

Some restaurant owners in cities where partial smoking bans are already in effect say the exemption could hurt their business worse than the ban itself.

Smoking Ban Passes Senate Panel
Indiana Public Media - February 23, 2012

Danielle Patterson is the co-chair of the Indiana Campaign for Smokefree Air. She says that 18-month window gives the General Assembly a chance to revisit ...

Smoking Ban Passes Senate Committee
Eagle 99.3 FM WSCH - February 23, 2012

(Indianapolis, Ind.) - A proposal to make Indiana the nation's 30 th smokefree state is getting closer to passage. On Wednesday, the public smoking ban bill ...

Smoking ban passes out of committee
WLFI.com - February 23, 2012

After four hours of heated debate, lawmakers took one step forward Wednesday to make Indiana a smoke-free state. But after a six-year battle in the General ...

Smoking ban headed for full Senate
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette - February 23, 2012

FORT WAYNE – A statewide smoking ban, with exemptions, is headed to the full ... Twenty-nine states have comprehensive smoking bans, and 22 of those cover ...

Senate panel approves statewide smoking ban
Muncie Star Press - February 23, 2012

Bars would have 18 months to comply with the ban. Indiana isn't breaking ground. Twenty-nine states have comprehensive smoking bans ­ 22 include bars. …

More Indy bars go smoke free
Indianapolis Star blogs, 2012-02-23
Written by Jolene Ketzenberger * | Indy Kitchen

Some, such as the Slippery Noodle Inn, eliminated smoking in early January. The Old Point Tavern went smoke free last week. …

Senate Committee Passes Smoking Ban
Inside INdiana Business (press release) - February 22, 2012

Indianapolis, Ind. – Indiana is one step closer to passing a smokefree law. On Wednesday, the Indiana Senate's Policy Committee passed House Bill 1149 to ...

Ind. Senate panel approves statewide smoking ban
Indianapolis Star - February 22, 2012

By Tom Lobianco, AP INDIANAPOLIS (WTW) ­ A proposed statewide smoking ban was ... objections over the plan's exemptions for casinos and private clubs, ...

Ind. Senate panel approves statewide smoking ban
The Oshkosh Northwestern - February 22, 2012

By Tom Lobianco, AP INDIANAPOLIS (WTW) ­ A proposed statewide smoking ban was ... objections over the plan's exemptions for casinos and private clubs, ...

Rep. Brown's face lights up: Senate panel approves smoking ban
nwitimes.com - February 22, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS | For the first time, an Indiana Senate committee Wednesday agreed to send a House-approved statewide indoor smoking ban to the full Senate. …

Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County-Duneland Unit Members Ask State Legislators for Smoke-Free Workplaces
ValpoLife.com (IN) - Feb 21, 2012

The meeting, sponsored by the Tobacco Education & Prevention Coalition for ... a bill currently before the State Senate to ban smoking in the workplace.

Smoking Ban Likely to Pass Committee Hurdle Wednesday, Go to Senate
93.1 WIBC Indianapolis - February 20, 2012

... is likely to debate a smoking ban next week for the first time ever. ... he believes he's hit "the sweet spot," exempting only casino gaming floors, ...

EDITORIAL: Smoking ban is a positive step for this old river city
Evansville (IN) Courier & Press, 2012-02-19

Meanwhile, all of the talk about Aztar distracted attention away from the council's ban on smoking in bars and restaurants, a truly remarkable decision

N.Y. Times columnist found himself on the regifting list: Another whirl for smoking ban?
Indianapolis Star, Feb 19, 2012

… The dance has gotten repetitive -- but could there be another tango in the offing between Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and the City-County Council over whether to strengthen the city's smoking ban to cover most bars?

Senate panel expected to approve smoking ban Wednesday
nwitimes.com - Feb 19, 2012

2012: House votes 62-35 for smoking ban with exemptions for casinos, cigar and hookah bars, private clubs, tobacco shops and cigar manufacturers.

Kevin Morgan: What's on the horizon for local smoking laws
Indianapolis Star - Feb 16, 2012

... but in several other metro-area communities such as Fishers, which don't have any smoking laws. Do you expect to see a change in the smoking laws in your ...

City-County Council considers new options for smoking ban
Indianapolis Star - February 16, 2012

The City-County Council is poised next month to take up yet another attempt to strengthen Indianapolis' smoking ban by covering most bars.

Let it out
Indianapolis Star - February 16, 2012

Thank you, Mayor Ballard, for reminding us that it is far more important to protect the rights of adults to smoke than it is to protect the children who have to breathe in all that smoke. …

Indianapolis Council Pushes New Smoking Ban Proposal
WRTV Indianapolis - February 16, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS -- Supporters of a stricter smoking ban in Indianapolis plan ... in the previous proposal that would have banned smoking in private clubs and ...

Marion County Indianapolis smoking ban may not be dead
13 WTHR - February 16, 2012

Entertainment News from AP Plans to come up with a stricter smoking ban in Indianapolis may not be dead after all. City-County council Democrat Brian Mahern ...

Daniels wants few exemptions to Ind. smoking ban
Ball State (IN) Daily News - February 16, 2012

That proposal would prohibit smoking in nearly all public places and businesses but still allow it at Indiana's 13 casinos, cigar and hookah bars, ...

Indiana possibly limiting smoking in statewide ban
ABC 57 News - February 16, 2012

By Haley Coomes The bill would prohibit smoking in nearly all public places and businesses. Smoking will still be allowed in Indiana's 13 casinos, ...

Daniels wants few exemptions to Indiana smoking ban
Louisville Courier-Journal - February 16, 2012

That proposal would prohibit smoking in nearly all public places and businesses but still allow it at Indiana's 13 casinos, private clubs, retail tobacco ...

Cancer Society Dives Back Into Smoking Ban Fray
93.1 WIBC Indianapolis - February 16, 2012

... including bars and casinos. The House has already passed a ban which meets those criteria, except for an exemption for casino gaming floors.

EDITORIAL: Smoking will cost us all
Evansville (IN) Courier & Press - February 16, 2012

With the casino and any other smoking establishments exempt from the smoking ban, those companies and smoking employees should pay higher health insurance ...

Indy smoking opponents not giving up
WISH - February 15, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - People who want a tougher smoking ban won't take "no" for an answer. Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard vetoed the latest plan, ...

Governor Daniels pushing for smoking ban
WAVE - February 15, 2012

Currently, the Senate is waiting to approve a bill that gives an 18 month exemption to bars, casinos and private clubs, but would ban smoking in nearly all ...

Council passes smoking ban | POLL
By Arek Sarkissian II
Evansville (IN) Courier-Press, February 13, 2012

Evansville City Council passed a smoking ban Monday that includes all bars but exempts the Casino Aztar gaming floor. …

Council fails to override mayor's smoking ban veto
WTHR (IN) - February 13, 2012

A move to override the mayor's veto of a comprehensive smoking ban followed party lines Monday night, failing on a 16-12 vote. The council needed 20 votes to override the veto. ...

Smoking ban passed; Aztar removed
14 News WFIE Evansville (IN) - February 13, 2012

Starting April 1, all bars, restaurants, and private clubs in Evansville will be smoke-free. Evansville's City Council approved the revised smoking ...

Council's override of smoking-ban veto fails
Indianapolis Star, February 14, 2012
By Jon Murray jon.murray@indystar.com

If there was any question that a smoking-ban proposal vetoed by the Indianapolis mayor was dead, the City-County Council on Monday put the issue to rest. ...

Indianapolis City-County Council fails to override Mayor Greg Ballard’s veto of smoking ban
Indianapolis Star - February 14, 2012

Matt Detrich / The Star If there was any question that a smoking-ban proposal vetoed by ... It would exempt only tobacco shops and a casino's gaming floor.

Indianapolis Mayor Shoots Down Smoking Ban Proposal
Cigar Aficionado - February 13, 2012

As expected, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has vetoed a bill that would have expanded the city's smoking ordinance, although the smoking ban debate there ...

Cities Wrestle With Smoking Bans
Inside INdiana Business (press release) - February 14, 2012

There are different results for smoking ban proposals in two Indiana cities. ... Smoking will be banned in public buildings throughout the city, ...

City-County Council, Indianapolis mayor look to agree
Indianapolis Star - February 13, 2012

His move Friday to block a bipartisan smoking ban proposal passed by the Democrat-majority City-County Council marked only the second veto by the Republican ...

Indy's City-County Council Considers Smoking Veto Override
Indiana Public Media - Feb 13, 2012

By Network Indiana Medical experts say studies show an Indianapolis smoking ban is likely to have an effect for both smokers and non-smokers.

Tougher City-Wide Smoking Ban Not Dead
93.1 WIBC Indianapolis - February 13, 2012

If Ballard and the democratic-controlled council agree on the private club hiccup, the city could ban smoking in bars, bowling allies, hotels and most ...

Aztar betting on exemption
Evansville (IN) Courier & Press - Feb 12, 2012

Smoke-Free Gaming of America Chairwoman Stephanie Steinberg told council members smoke-free casinos are a growing national trend, and that Aztar's turn is ...

LETTER: Bans give non-smokers opportunity to enjoy public places
Evansville (IN) Courier & Press - Feb 12, 2012

Third, he contends that bans "make nonsmokers feel self-righteous." Wrong again. Bans give nonsmokers and their families an opportunity to enjoy public ...

Fenced patios on Muncie downtown sidewalks draw complaints
Muncie (IN) Star Press - Feb 11, 2012

"As far as I know, we do not have an ordinance," Green said. ... especially since a Delaware County smoking ordinance enacted last summer prompted many ...

Ballard, council at impasse on smoking ban after veto
Indianapolis Star - Feb 11, 2012

Any new attempt to cover bars and other places under the city's 2005 smoke-free ordinance would be the fourth in three years.

Legislators see pros and cons of statewide smoking ban
Evansville Courier & Press - Feb 11, 2012

But I also wouldn't have supported it if it did not exempt casinos. I still am uncertain how I feel with this (banning smoking in) bars in 18 months.

State smoking ban may have a chance in the Senate this time
Post-Tribune (IN) - Feb 11, 2012

... imposing a statewide smoking ban is now up to the Indiana Senate. ... entire gaming facilities, including bars and facilities on a casino's property.

RETURN OF ORDINANCE AND ANNOUNCEMENT OF VETO TO THE CLERK OF THE CITY-COUNTY COUNCIL (PDF)
WTHR 13 (Indianapolis, IN), 2012-02-10

Pursuant to the authority vested in the Of ce of the Mayor by Indiana Code §86-3-4-16, I hereby veto General Ordinance No. 18, 2012, delivered to me on February 2, 2012, for the reason stated below.

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard expected to veto smoking ban today
Indianapolis Star - February 10, 2012

Anti-smoking advocacy coalition Smoke Free Indy expressed disappointment in a statement issued Thursday, after Ballard's veto plan was publicized. …

After veto, it's your move, Democrats
Indianapolis Star - February 10, 2012

If as expected Mayor Greg Ballard vetoes a comprehensive workplace smoking ban today, Democrats who control the City-County Council will have four options. ...

Dems Aim To Override Indianapolis Smoking Ban Veto
WRTV Indianapolis - February 10, 2012

Ballard was expected to veto Friday afternoon a comprehensive smoking ban the council passed last month, and Democrats are trying to muster support to ...

Indy Mayor Expected to Veto Smoking Ban
Inside INdiana Business (press release) - February 10, 2012

The mayor of Indianapolis is expected to veto a smoking ban proposal. Greg Ballard says the plan that affects bars and private clubs is too far-reaching.

Abdul-Hakim Shabazz: Current smoke ban works, just ask our visitors
Indianapolis Star, Feb 10, 2012 | Abdul-Hakim Shabazz

... city. Well, allow me to be the bearer of bad news to all my anti-smoking friends: The fact that Indy did not have a total smoking ban didn't ...

Advocates want no weakening of Ind. smoking ban
Journal and Courier (IN) - February 10, 2012

Danielle Patterson of the Indiana Campaign for Smokefree Air says it would be difficult for the group to support the proposal if more exemptions are added. ...

Indiana smoking ban still in negotiation
South Bend Tribune - February 10, 2012

Danielle Patterson, co-chairwoman of the Indiana Campaign for Smokefree Air, described the current proposal as a "tad bit better" than last year's total ...

Mayor Ballard Denies Indianapolis Residents and Workers Smoke-Free Air
MarketWatch (press release) - February 9, 2012

In issuing his 2006 groundbreaking report on secondhand smoke, US Surgeon General ... The science is clear: Secondhand smoke is not a mere annoyance, ...

Ballard spokesman: Veto of smoking ban proposal is coming on Friday
Indianapolis Star (blog) - February 9, 2012

Smoke Free Indy is strongly disappointed with Mayor Ballard's decision to veto Proposal 18. We stand with the 70 percent of Indianapolis residents who ...

Indiana Smoking Ban Proposal Awaiting Senate Hearing
WFPL - February 9, 2012

Bars and taverns would have 18 months to go smoke free. The bill in its current form has the backing of the Indiana Campaign for Smokefree Air.

Ballard to veto stricter smoking-ban proposal
Indianapolis (IN) Business Journal, 2012-02-09

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard plans to veto a proposed ordinance that would expand the city's public smoking ban, his spokesman confirmed Thursday ...

Mayor likely to veto Marion County smoking ban
WTHR - February 9, 2012

By Lynsay Clutter Saturday is the deadline for Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard to approve or veto the current proposed smoking ban that covers bars, ...

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard won't take action on smoking ban this week
Indianapolis Star - February 3, 2012

A newly passed smoking-ban proposal that would cover most bars landed on Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard's desk Thursday, but his chief spokesman said he wouldn't act on it until after Sunday's Super Bowl. ...

Don't look for mayor to act on smoking ban before Super Bowl ends
Indianapolis Star (blog) - February 3, 2012

Photo by Frank Espich/The Star If you're following the smoking ban proposal passed by the Indianapolis City-County Council earlier this week, ...

Looking to bask in Super Bowl 2012, but not in clouds of smoke ...
Indianapolis Star (blog) - February 2, 2012

Smoke Free Indy, a group pushing local leaders to expand Indianapolis' smoke-free ordinance, today put out a guide listing 30 Downtown bars with air clear ...

Advocates take to Facebook to lobby Ballard
Indianapolis Star (blog) - February 1, 2012

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard's official Facebook page has become Ground Zero of efforts to lobby him on the smoking ban proposal — mostly in favor of ...

City-Council [sic] Council passes smoking ban
Indianapolis Star, Jan 31, 2012 | By Jon Murray jon.murray@indystar.com

... clubs and veterans halls, which Ballard insisted upon, would make those places pick between retaining smoking or allowing children on the premises. He sees that choice as unfair. The smoking ...

Indianapolis Council Delivers Victory for Smoke-Free Air -- Mayor ...
PR Newswire (press release) - January 31, 2012

The need for protection from secondhand smoke in all workplaces and public places ... In issuing a groundbreaking report on secondhand smoke in June 2006, ...

Editorial: Snuff out public smoking with no ifs, ands or butts
Daily (IN) Journal - January 31, 2012

House members also added a broader exemption for casinos by allowing smoking anywhere on their property rather than just on gambling floors as originally ...

Citywide Smoking Ban Passes Council
WRTV Indianapolis - January 31, 2012

The ordinance would expand the city's public smoking ban passed in 2005 to include ... House members also added a broader exemption for casinos by allowing ...

Indy Passes Tougher Smoking Ban
Inside INdiana Business (press release) - January 31, 2012

The City/County Council in Indianapolis has passed what it beleives is a tougher smoking ban. The measure extends the ban to bars, bowling alleys, ...

Smoking plan moves to Mayor's office
WISH - January 31, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The smoking ban plan moves to the Mayor's Office now -- and the results are probably predictable. Mayor Greg Ballard has said ...

Council Approves Expanded Indy Smoking Ban
93.1 WIBC Indianapolis - January 30, 2012

The City-County Council voted Monday night to expand Indianapolis' smoking ban to most bars, but that doesn't mean it will become law. … His failed amendment also exempted electronic cigarettes from the ban. If Ballard vetoes the ordinance as promised, it would take 20 council votes to ...

Proposed Smoking Ban has Local Bar Fuming
Indiana's NewsCenter - January 30, 2012

The proposed smoking ban will make exceptions for places like casinos, private clubs, and non-profit fraternal, social, and veterans clubs.

Council votes to expand citywide smoking ban
Indianapolis Business Journal - January 30, 2012

The Indianapolis City-County Council voted in favor of an expanded public smoking ban Monday night. Members voted 19-9 in favor of expanding the citywide ...

Indy Mayor Greg Ballard threatens to veto smoking ban set for council vote tonight
Making private clubs choose between smoking and letting kids in unacceptable, he says
Indianapolis Star - January 30, 2012

Members of American Legion Post 64 have struggled on the smoking issue. The crux is this: Aging members are more likely to enjoy a cigarette at the post's bar, but leaders are trying to attract young veterans with families, who tend to be averse to smoke in the air … Users of e-cigarettes, which simulate smoking by converting liquid containing varying levels of nicotine into vapor, have bombarded council members with ...

Smoking ban close
House vote is due this week
Seymour (IN) Daily Tribune, 2012-01-30
AP and TRIBUNE REPORTS

Hoosier lawmakers will likely vote early this week on whether to send a statewide smoking ban from the Indiana House to the state Senate. ...

Bars Given 18 Months In Latest Smoking Ban Bill
Eagle 99.3 FM WSCH (IN) - January 30, 2012

... 18 months before bars across the state would have to fall in line with a statewide smoke free law, removing their ash trays and post “No Smoking” signs.

Few Downtown Bars Remain Hopeful For Smoking Ban
WRTV Indianapolis - January 30, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS -- Supporters of the city-wide smoking ban said they remain hopeful for a smoke-free city during major sporting events....

Snuffing out smoking
Schneck, health department team to help residents kick the habit
Seymour (IN) Daily Tribune, 2012-01-30
JANUARY WETZEL

Now Bobb, longtime health officer with Jackson County Health Department, advocates for healthier lifestyle choices and champions for those trying to quit smoking.

Time for Indiana to ban smoking is long overdue
nwitimes.com - Jan 29, 2012

It's no surprise that Indiana received an "F" for its smoke-free air law ­ or lack thereof. The bright side, however, is that House Bill 1149 presents the ...

Bars get temporary break from smoking ban under House amendment
Indianapolis Star - Jan 28, 2012

Bars would get a short breather under a statewide smoking ban proposed in the Indiana ... Eric Turner, R-Cicero, hopes the move makes the smoking ban more ...

No smoking in Indiana
Muncie Free Press - Jan 28, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - That no smoking law so popular in Delaware County could ... Since the local law was adopted, smokers are banned to an outside oasis while ...

Senator John Broden discusses proposed smoking ban in South Bend
WNDU-TV - Jan 28, 2012

Right to work and a statewide smoking ban were just some of the topics State Senator John Broden discussed on Saturday morning in South Bend.

Legislators look to make bars exempt in state bill
Indiana Daily Student - January 27, 2012

Indiana legislators are expected to lobby for exempting bars and other locations from a proposed statewide smoking ban bill. The amendments to the bill may ...

Fight coming over banning smoking in Hoosier bars
Post-Tribune (IN) - January 27, 2012

“I just don't like government regulation and feel like businesses should have the opportunity to decide whether they should be smoke free,” he said.

Expert source: Smoke-free-air laws should include bars
Indiana University - January 26, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Exempting bars from a statewide smoking ban in Indiana would significantly reduce the health benefits of a smoke-free-air law.

Statehouse update: Transit bill dies, smoking ban amendments planned
Indianapolis Star (blog), Deep Fried Politics - January 26, 2012

Another piece of legislation that would institute a statewide smoking ban covering restaurants and most bars may move forward Friday on the House floor.

Bar exemption sought on Indiana smoking ban bill
WNDU-TV - January 26, 2012

Reporter: AP The sponsor of a proposal for a broad statewide smoking ban in Indiana says he's working with other legislators to limit the number of ...

Bar exemption sought on Indiana smoking-ban bill
Indianapolis Business Journal - January 26, 2012

The House last year approved a smoking ban bill that included an exemption ... after health advocates argued it would be one of the nation's weakest bans. ...

LETTER: Shocked that official would oppose smoking ban
Evansville Courier & Press - January 26, 2012

I'm kind of shocked to hear of a local official against a smoking ban in this ... The purpose of including bars in smoking bans wasnt to make them health ...

Poll: 70 percent of Indiana voters support smoking ban
WANE - January 25, 2012

Several municipalities, including Fort Wayne, have had workplace smoking bans in effect for years. Some business owners oppose the ban, arguing that it ...

Getting Indiana's smoke-free statute right
South Bend Tribune - January 24, 2012

By Dr. RICHARD FELDMAN Our lack of comprehensive smoke-free policy in Indiana is becoming an embarrassment, especially with the Super Bowl looming before us ...

Proposed Evansville smoking-ban sparks heated debate
14 News WFIE Evansville - January 24, 2012

"It was a ghost town in Atlantic City when they went to those bans, ... Aztar General Manager Ward Shaw told city council members a smoking ban could mean a ...

Indiana Senate approves 'right to work,' House Democrats leave floor
Indianapolis Star, Jan 23, 2012 -- Mary Beth Schneider and Chris Sikich mary.beth.schneider@indystar.com

... stay in session until late tonight, working on amendments to other bills including a statewide smoking ban. The question now is when -- or whether -- Democrats will return The Republicans who ...

Indianapolis Bars Go Smoke-Free for Super Bowl
Cigar Aficionado - January 23, 2012

Some establishments, though, are not taking chances and have decided on their own accord to go smoke-free. According to the Indianapolis Star, the owners of ...

A sign of the times?
Indianapolis Star (blog) - January 23, 2012

I've stopped by since the place (one of my favorite pubs) went smoke-free a week ago. It was still packed on a weeknight. Now they're touting the policy ...

State smoking ban discussed
Indiana Daily Student - January 23, 2012

By Hannah Smith | IDS Indiana is the odd one out among most neighboring states because it doesn't have a statewide smoking ban. But some legislators are ...

Aztar Could Lay-Off Close to 300 If Smoking Ban Passes
Tristatehomepage.com - January 23, 2012

They fear for their jobs if the city-wide smoking ban passes the city council. Aztar spokesperson Stacey McNeill says, "It could mean up to 280 jobs lost, ...

In case you missed it: Behind Closed Doors
Indianapolis Star (blog) - January 23, 2012

…The latest on the Indianapolis smoking ban debate: “Making an end run around Mayor Greg Ballard to pass a stronger smoking ban covering bars was at the ...

Lowell councilman wants to repeal smoking ban, jaywalking ordinance
Lowell (IN) Post-Tribune - January 23, 2012

Corns said while he was campaigning he heard from business owners who say the smoking ban still is causing them to lose business to neighboring communities, ...

Evansville city council to take up smoking ban
Evansville (IN) Courier & Press - January 23, 2012

By Arek Sarkissian II EVANSVILLE ­ An ordinance that would tighten Evansville's smoking ban will be introduced to City Council tonight and will include ...

Behind closed doors: Offer on smoking ban only complicates things
Indianapolis Star - January 22, 2012

…E-cigarettes and the smoking ban: Duane Green, customer of the Indy Vapor Shop and consumer advocate for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association. …

E-cigarette users cry foul at proposed city ordinance which would ...
Indianapolis Star - January 22, 2012

But I wasn't successful," says Duane Greene, who has converted to electronic cigarettes after smoking the tobacco variety for 26 years.

PONTIUS: Workers deserve a smoke-free law
South Bend (IN) Tribune, 2012-01-21
SANDI PONTIUS

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is in support of a statewide smoke-free law. This is a positive step to protect the rights of all Indiana workers. I would like to address some of the opposition issues, which include age restrictions, patron choices and business regulations.

No smoking fines yet, but warnings have been issued for violating ban
Muncie (IN) Star Press - January 18, 2012

Many of the places that received a warning letter were cited for allowing outdoor smoking too close to an entryway. The smoking ban formerly prohibited ...

Editorial: Smoke ban's inevitable state march
Journal and Courier (IN) - January 19, 2012

Our stance in the past has been that while we would prefer people didn't smoke, smoking bans are best left to local and county jurisdictions, not the state. ...

Smoking ban for library grounds, other library rules of conduct ...
The Herald-Times (IN) (subscription) - January 19, 2012

By Christy Mullins 331-4266 | cmullins@heraldt.com Monroe County Public Library patrons for years have complained about the gauntlet of smokers loitering ...

Proposed smoking ban with new exemptions to head to full council
Fox 59 (IN) - January 18, 2012

A proposed smoking ban with new exemptions is on its way to the full Indianapolis City-County Council. A proposed smoking ban with new exemptions is on its ...

Proposed smoking-ban could have major impact on Evansville revenue
14 News WFIE Evansville (IN) - January 18, 2012

By Lorilyn Prestidge - bio | email A new comprehensive smoking ban is going before the Evansville City Council. If passed, no one would be able to smoke in ...

3 no votes on council committee, all offering surprises
Indianapolis Star (blog) - January 18, 2012

Last night's City-County Council hearing on a proposed smoking ban expansion ... He opposes smoking bans for private businesses on philosophical grounds. ...

ICVA's goals: Boost hotel and convention business
Indianapolis Star, Jan 19, 2012 | By Dana Hunsinger Benbow dana.hunsinger@indystar.com

... Square. It also will lobby for policy changes that help brand a city, such as smoking bans and laws against aggressive panhandling and solicitation. It will work with airlines to ...

Smoking ban measure goes
Indianapolis Star - January 18, 2012

A committee Tuesday sent a smoking ban proposal on to the full City-County Council for a final vote, possibly as early as Jan. 30. However, it's not likely ...

Indy Smoking Ban Clears Hurdle
Inside INdiana Business (press release) - January 18, 2012

As the Super Bowl approaches, a smoking ban with new exemptions has passed through an Indianapolis City-County Council committee. ...

Smoking ban gets an airing tonight
Indianapolis (IN) Star, Jan 17, 2012 | Jon Murray

... tonight will hear public testimony and consider any amendments to a proposed expansion of Indianapolis' smoking ban. The proposal would expand the 2005 public smoking ban to cover bowling alleys ...

Right-to-Work, Smoking Ban on Agenda
Inside INdiana Business (press release) - January 17, 2012

A bill calling for a statewide smoking ban is also on today's House floor agenda. Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-88) has said Republicans will not ...

Bills to Watch
Indiana Daily Student - January 17, 2012

Mitch Daniels has pushed for a statewide-smoking ban, ... This is in addition to the law passed last year that banned synthetic marijuana known as “spice. ...

Commission looks forward to passage of bill
Brazil (IN) Times - January 17, 2012

The bill, also known as the Smoke-Free Air Bill, has a six-year history in the making. The Tobacco Prevention Commission, formerly known as the Indiana ...

AmVets kitchen cited for smoking ban violation
Muncie (IN) Star Press - January 17, 2012

As a result, the health department issued the organization a warning letter noting that further violations of the countywide smoking ban in public places ...

Richard Feldman: Unfortunate but necessary exclusions to smoking ban
Indianapolis (IN) Star - January 17, 2012

… In public health, sometimes we accept less to benefit the greater public good. So let's pass what is feasible. ...

Bars snuff out smoking for Super Bowl Sunday
WALB-TV (IN) - January 16, 2012

A sign at the Slippery Noodle in Indianapolis, IN, lets patrons know that the bar has changed its policy to make the establishment smoke-free. ...

Smoking Ban Could Snuff Out Business
Indiana's NewsCenter - January 14, 2012

By Keirsh Cochran By Katrina Helmer FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- A local smoke shop owner worries the state-wide smoking ban could eventually ...

Erika Smith on the Indy smoking ban: Do it for the city's image ...
Indianapolis (IN) Star - January 14, 2012

I was just on vacation -- in the West, where most cities have banned smoking inside bars and clubs. So upon returning to Indianapolis, I was dismayed to ...

Smoke-free laws do not hurt business
Muncie (IN) Star Press - January 13, 2012

The science is clear: Smoke-free laws have no negative impact on bars or restaurants, according to numerous studies. It is a misconception that smoke-free ...

Some Indianapolis bars go smoke-free for Super Bowl
WTHR - January 12, 2012

The changes came before a tougher smoking ban could be passed. ... The decision by the bars comes as the city debates a tougher smoking ban and legislators ...

Indiana House panel backs smoking ban bill
Post-Tribune - January 12, 2012

AP January 12, 2012 10:06AM INDIANAPOLIS ­ An Indiana House committee has approved a bill for a broad statewide smoking ban that's tougher than a proposal ...

New push set for broad Indiana smoking limits
Muncie (IN) Star-Press, Jan 6, 2012

... better the opportunity to have some sort of smoking ban in the state," he said. The Indiana House has approved statewide smoking limits five times in recent years, but the ...

State Rep. Peggy Welch pushing for Indiana smoking ban
The Herald-Times (subscription) - January 6, 2012

In 2008, IU's entire Bloomington campus went smoke-free. With strong support from Gov. Mitch Daniels and certain exemptions in place, Welch said she is ...

Statewide Smoking Ban Proposed
Eagle 99.3 FM WSCH (Indiana) - January 6, 2012

Eric Turner is pushing for a statewide smoking ban to make it illegal to light up at bars and other workplaces. The Republican from Cicero announced House ...

Statewide Smoking Ban Gains Bi-Partisan Support
Indiana's NewsCenter - January 6, 2012

By Scott Sarvay INDIANAPOLIS (Indiana's NewsCenter) – A State Republican lawmaker announced Thursday a new bi-partisan bill for a statewide smoking ban. ...

Indiana Legislature | New push set for wide smoking ban
Louisville Courier-Journal - January 6, 2012

The House last year approved a smoking ban bill that included an exemption ... that it would have given the state one of the weakest bans in the country, ...

Statewide smoking ban bill to be heard Monday
Post-Tribune - January 5, 2012

Eric Turner, R-Cicero, announce push for a statewide smoking ban at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012. The bill would prohibit smoking ...

After years of huffing and puffing, lawmakers may pass smoking ban
Evansville Courier & Press - January 5, 2012

Under House Bill 1149, smoking would be banned in bars and restaurants, ... that his chamber ­ where smoking bans had previously died ­ will consider a ban ...

Statewide smoking ban bill has few exemptions
Indianapolis Star - January 5, 2012

A new push is under way in the Indiana General Assembly for a statewide smoking ban a year after the failure of a similar bill that health advocates ...

A few Democrats do the right thing
Indianapolis Star, Jan 6, 2012

... that has bipartisan support such as mass transit for Central Indiana and a statewide workplace smoking ban. At least this year, Democrats are still in the state. A year ago ...

Dan Carpenter: Why wait for Super Bowl to get Indy's house in order
Indianapolis Star, Jan 6, 2012
Dan Carpenter

... Can we pass a toughened anti-smoking law in time for the Super Bowl? Can we shore up the Pan Am Plaza ...

Hurdles may slow smoking bans
Indianapolis Star - January 5, 2012

Another source of protest: the inclusion of electronic cigarettes in the proposed ban. Users claim the devices pose no risk to those around them and should ...

Kevin Morgan: Smoking ban
Indianapolis Star, Jan 5, 2012

... of our time. Indianapolis ranks among the nation's largest cities without a comprehensive workplace smoking ban, and there will be a push to do something about that in the ...

Smoke-free law protects the health of all workers
Indianapolis Star, Jan 4, 2012

... Roizan, chief wellness officer of the Cleveland Clinic, estimates that eight hours of breathing secondhand smoke is equivalent to smoking a pack of cigarettes. If an employee is already a ...

House Dems a no-show at Statehouse
Muncie (IN) Star-Press Jan 5, 2012 | MARY BETH SCHNEIDER and CHRIS SIKICH

... for it. Caught in the crossfire, though, are hundreds of other bills, including a statewide smoking ban, a mass transit plan for Central Indiana and local government reforms. The House ...

Smoking ban must pass by Jan. 31 in order to be in effect come ...
Fox 59 – (IN) - January 3, 2012

Just 28 days and the clock is ticking on a proposed statewide smoking ban being put into effect in time for the Super Bowl. By Joe LePage Just 28 days and ...

Proposed Smoking Ban Also On Indiana Legislative Agenda
WFPL - January 3, 2012

Still, that's something that sticks in the craw of anti-smoking groups," he said. A smoking ban failed to clear a legislative committee last year. ...

Council members hope for vote soon on reignited smoking ban: Council members from both parties say proposed ordinance fits mayor's guidelines
Indianapolis (IN) Star, 2011-12-31
Written by Jon Murray

A bipartisan group of City-County Council members has unveiled yet another proposal to expand Indianapolis' smoking ban to cover most bars.

About the proposed smoking ban
Indianapolis Star, December 31, 2011

...Smoking bans elsewhere

According to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, 479 U.S. municipalities have 100 percent smoke-free workplaces, restaurants and bars. Hundreds more have less-restrictive smoking bans....

Indianapolis smoking ban reignited
Indianapolis Star, December 30, 2011

...According to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, 479 US municipalities have 100 percent smoke-free workplaces, restaurants and bars. ...

WALKER/ROYSDON REPORT: Tyler fills jobs, angers McShurley; new hope for smokers?
Muncie (IN) Star-Press, 2011-12-23
Written by DOUGLAS WALKER AND KEITH ROYSDON

Delaware Circuit Court 1 Judge Marianne Vorhees this week upheld the county's enhanced smoking ordinance. If the judge's ruling seeming to leave the door open for smoking ban opponents -- or at least offer them encouragement -- there's another local official who has offered a sympathetic ear or more: Delaware County Commissioner Todd Donati. …

Judge upholds Delaware County's tougher smoking ban
Muncie (IN) Star Press - December 22, 2011

MUNCIE -- A judge's Wednesday ruling upholding Delaware County's enhanced smoking ban likely served as an early Christmas gift for local nonsmoking ...

OUR VIEW: Court's ruling might not settle smoking ban issue
Muncie (IN) Star Press - December 22, 2011

The result should not be that surprising, since similar smoking bans have been ... Lawmakers seem willing to act on a statewide smoking ban before the Super ...

DELAWARE COUNTY LICENSED BEVERAGE ASSOCIATION, AMERICAN LEGION POST 19, AMERICAN LEGION POST 167, AMERICAN LEGION POST 446, AMVETS POST 12, and LOW BOB'S TOBACCO V. DELAWARE COUNTY (PDF)
FINDINGS OF FACT CONCLUSIONS THEREON AND JUDGMENT ON REQUEST FOR A PERMANENT INJUNCTION AND DECLARATORY JUDGMENT
Muncie (IN) Star-Press, 2011-12-21

In reviewing an ordinance passed by a governmental body, such as the County Commissioners, a judge cannot substitute her own judgment on whether the ordinance is wise or fair to all concerned. The judge cannot strike down an ordinance just because it results in undue economic hardship on certain businesses. The judge cannot balance the interests of the public who want to visit smoke-free establishments versus those who want the freedom to use tobacco products in bars and private clubs. ...

Anti-smoking group wants comprehensive ban
WHIO Dayton - December 20, 2011

Mitch Daniels and state lawmakers Monday for their desire to pass a statewide smoking ban before football fans flock to the city for the Feb. 5 Super Bowl. ...

Cleaning our house for the Super Bowl party
News Sentinel - December 20, 2011

But now, a statewide public smoking ban has a very good chance; ... And all local jurisdictions could have stronger bans; that's the way home rule works in ...

Indiana Governor to Push for Smoking Ban
NACS Online - December 20, 2011

Previously, the governor had held the position that localities could pass their own smoking bans, but he had also said he wouldn't veto a statewide ban if ...

Cancer agency asks for comprehensive smoking ban
Indianapolis Star, Dec 20, 2011 | Associated Press

... The American Cancer Society is lobbying Indiana lawmakers to seek a Comprehensive Ban on smoking rather than a politically expedient one. The group praised Gov. Mitch Daniels and state lawmakers ...

Cancer group applauds Indiana governor's call for smoking ban
Indianapolis Star - December 19, 2011

Mitch Daniels' call for a statewide smokefree workplace. In a Friday speech before Kiwanis members at the Skyline Club, Gov. Mitch Daniels, for the first ...

Southport Weighs Smoking Ban
WRTV Indianapolis - December 19, 2011

SOUTHPORT, Ind. -- Indianapolis' smoking ban may be on hold, but that's not stopping a city to the south from trying to snuff out smoking. ...

They may make deal council couldn't
Indianapolis Star, Dec 19, 2011

The Indiana General Assembly may accomplish what the Indianapolis City-County Council could not: Pass a comprehensive workplace smoking ban that would clear the air in most bars before the Super Bowl. ...

Politicians play games instead of committing
Indianapolis Star, Dec 18, 2011

... Regarding the proposed smoking ban, the City-County Council played politics with the issue. I am a veteran and an ex-smoker. I am in favor of a total ban. ...

Dr. Richard Feldman: No exceptions should be the rule for smoking ban
Indianapolis Star, Dec 17, 2011 | Richard Feldman

Indianapolis is now the largest city in the nation without a comprehensive smoke-free law to protect its residents and visitors. That's downright embarrassing, as evidenced by the rush of City-County Council members to pass something before the Super Bowl. ...

Smoking ban, government reform on Daniels' 2012 agenda
Indianapolis Business Journal - December 16, 2011

Mitch Daniels says he will push for a statewide smoking ban and mild local government reforms in the 2012 legislative session. ...

State may take up smoking ban issue
Indianapolis Star, Dec 16, 2011
Mary Beth Schneider mary.beth.schneider@indystar.com

... this week to enact a smoking ban puts pressure on the legislature to act before the Super Bowl. But a smoking ban has failed in the legislature in recent years ...

Bosma offers Indiana smoking ban in time for Super Bowl
Indianapolis Star - December 15, 2011

Legislation to ban smoking in most Indiana bars and restaurants could be given “fast track” treatment in order to enact something before the Feb. 5 Super Bowl in Indianapolis, House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said this morning. ...

Indiana Lawmakers May Seek Smoking Ban Next Year
WLWT Cincinnati - December 15, 2011

Bosma said Thursday that he may speed through a statewide smoking ban since ... like smoking bans except in their own neighborhood bars and restaurants.

Douse partisan flames to pass ban
Indianapolis Star - December 15, 2011

A fragile compromise that would have brought the city as close as politically possible to a full ban on public smoking came crashing down when one more ...

Ban won't get second call
Indianapolis Star - December 15, 2011

A day after a council committee voted 6-2 not to advance the proposal, anti-smoking advocacy coalition Smoke Free Indy pulled its support Wednesday. ...

Smoke-free leaders still believe smoking ban is possible despite vote
Fox 59 (IN) - December 14, 2011

The smoking ban proposal, drafted by Republican council member Ryan Vaughn, would have banned smoking in about 300 city bars. About 60 establishments ...

Smoke Free Indy pulls support for smoking ban proposal
Indianapolis Star (blog) - December 14, 2011

After a City-County Council committee withheld support for a smoking ban proposal last night, smoking ban advocacy coalition Smoke Free Indy today has ...

AUDIO: Committee Votes Down Latest Smoking Ban Plan
WIBC 91.3 FM (Indianapolis, IN), December 14, 2011, Liz Thomas

The Indianapolis smoking ban proposal that would prevent people from lighting up in local hotel rooms, bowling alleys and most bars has been defeated by the City County Council's Rules & Public Policy Committee.

$195 million: cost of secondhand smoke in Marion County
Indianapolis Star blogs, December 14, 2011, Written by Barb Berggoetz, Fit for Life

Secondhand smoke exposure can make us sick and even kill us. But now Indiana University researchers have put a dollar amount to the economic impact in Marion County - and it's huge.

Tully: Democracy in action? Not with these politicians
Indianapolis Star - 36 December 14, 2011

...Funny thing is, as I sat at home Tuesday night watching the City-County Council's smoking ban meeting on Indianapolis' government-access channel, ...

My Ironic Ally
Examiner.com December 14, 2011

It's because of her and sticking to her principles the likelihood of the current smoking ban compromise being expanded over the next four years ranks right ...

Chamber Releases Legislative Priorities
Inside INdiana Business (press release) - December 14, 2011

The chamber also lists a workplace smoking ban and the elimination of the state ... Support the state adopting a right-to-work statute banning the ...

UPDATE: City-County committee votes down tougher smoking ban
Indianapolis Business Journal - December 14, 2011

The Republican-introduced proposal would have banned smoking at all ... showed up in support of the smoking ban and left surprised by the final vote. ...

City will put smokers in 2nd-class-citizen status
Indianapolis Star - December 14, 2011

If Hoosier hospitality is to be redefined and every visitor's freedom of choice restricted by such oppressive laws as the proposed smoking ban, ...

Smoking ban goes nowhere -- for now
Indianapolis Star - December 14, 2011

Democrat Angela Mansfield -- a supporter of a more comprehensive smoking ban who had reluctantly supported Vaughn's version -- said she was "thrown a ...

Republican Smoking Ban Proposal Snuffed Out In Indy
Indiana Public Media - December 14, 2011

By Network Indiana An amendment weakening a smoking ban in Indianapolis may have led to a committee rejecting the ban Tuesday. The smoking ban proposal that ...

Public can comment on smoking ban, districts
Indianapolis Star - December 13, 2011

The public can sound off tonight on a proposed expansion of Indianapolis' smoking ban and a controversial Republican-backed redistricting proposal for the ...

Convention association joins anti-smoking group
Indianapolis Star (blog) - December 9, 2011

Anti-smoking coalition Smoke Free Indy announced this morning that the Indiana Convention & Visitors Association has joined the group “in support of a ...

ICVA Supporting Smoking Ban
Inside Indiana Business (press release) - December 9, 2011

The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association says its supports Smoke Free Indy. ICVA Chief Executive Officer Leonard Hoops says the ordinance will ...

Come on, Democrats, give a little
Indianapolis Star - December 7, 2011

Yet, that's exactly what's happening in the debate over a comprehensive workplace smoking ban. Mayor Greg Ballard and Council President Ryan Vaughn have ...

Daniels would sign smoking ban
WANE (IN)- December 7, 2011

Mark Mellinger: Would you sign a statewide smoking ban into law? Mitch Daniels : Yes. ... Repeat offenders will be banned from making future comments. ...

GOP introduces smoking ban, redistricting proposals
Indianapolis Star - December 6, 2011

The smoking ban would be stronger than the 2005 ordinance, ... Democrats had hoped to craft a proposal that banned smoking everywhere but tobacco shops. ...

Compromise on smoking ban could go up in smoke
Indianapolis Star - December 6, 2011

The smoking ban, if passed, would take effect two weeks before the Feb. ... she said, New York and Boston both helped pave the road for statewide bans. ...

Expanded smoking ban proposal moves forward
WTHR (IN) - December 6, 2011

Smoke Free Indy says it's not all it wants but will support the expanded ban."There are states and cities across the US and the world that do not include ...

Council Weighs Stricter Smoking Ban Before Super Bowl
WRTV Indianapolis - December 6, 2011

The proposal garnered the support of Mayor Greg Ballard and Smoke Free Indy. ... said Lindsay Grace, of Smoke Free Indy. Some Democrats said the measure ...

Indy Council Democrats Snuff Out Smoking Ban
Examiner.com - December 5, 2011

A proposal that would have banned smoking in most businesses with a few ... that would expand the current smoking ban to all bars and taverns in the city, ...

Council President: Smoking ban tough to pass
WISH (IN) - December 5, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - A new Marion County smoking ban will be introduced at the City-County Council meeting Monday. The proposal would ban smoking in hotel ...

Expansion of smoking ban goes to Council tonight
WTHR (IN) - December 5, 2011

But any new ones that open would fall under the ban. Some Democrats say the proposal is still not strong enough, but advocacy coalition, Smoke Free Indy, ...

Battle lines are being drawn as council looks to shift districts
Indianapolis Star, Dec 4, 2011

... emerged last week in the debate over how far to expand Marion County's workplace smoking ban. The revised proposal would expand the 2005 smoking ban to cover most bars ...

Statewide smoking ban faces challenges
WANE Channel 15 (Fort Wayne, IN), 2011-12-03

Will lawmakers in Indianapolis be able to come up with a compromise for a statewide smoking ban or will some exemptions added by the Senate prevent such a law? ...

EDITORIAL: Exemptions cloud ban
Fort Wayne (IN) Journal-Gazette, 2011-12-04

Efforts to adopt statewide smoking restrictions have key support from Gov. Mitch Daniels and Senate President Pro Tem David Long. But the big question in 2012 will most likely be the same as it was in 2011: Should lawmakers insist on an all-or-nothing choice or accept distasteful exemptions for bars, casinos and other establishments? ...

Political 'player' gets 40 months
Indianapolis Star - December 2, 2011

He voted against smoking-ban proposals in 2005 and 2009. ... with a strip club called PT's -- which also opposed bans on smoking. That was one of many seedy ...

Tully: Smoking-ban deal a lesson in compromise
Indianapolis Star - December 2, 2011

Just about every business in the city -- from bars to bowling alleys -- soon will be on the expanded list of smoke-free areas. Breathe easy, Indianapolis. ...

Close enough on smoking ban
Indianapolis Star, Dec 1, 2011

... up even a little when it comes to the life-and-death issue of secondhand smoke cannot be easy for members of the City-County Council who seek a near ...

Deal may be close on Indianapolis smoking ban
Indianapolis Star, Dec 1, 2011 | By Jon Murray

... Facing a reluctant mayor and a competing smoking ban proposal carrying more exemptions, smoke-free advocates have faced an uphill struggle to cover Indianapolis bars with the toughest measure ...

Workplace ban only way to protect nonsmokers
Indianapolis Star, Dec 1, 2011

... officials to take every step possible to protect Hoosiers from cancer, including passing a comprehensive smoke-free workplace law that does not include any exemptions. Establishing smoke-free environments is ...

Council president tweaks proposed Indy smoking ban
Indianapolis Star, Nov 30, 2011 | By Jon Murray jon.murray@indystar.com

... Jan. 1. After today's meeting and following conversations with anti-smoking advocacy group Smoke Free Indy, Vaughn agreed to tweak his proposal in two key ways: Existing hookah and ...

Mayor meets with councilors to discuss smoking ban
WTHR 13 (Indianapolis, IN), 2011-11-30
Mary Milz

The Indianapolis City County Council is ready to take aim at a tougher smoking ban, and just in time for the Super Bowl. Two key players in the debate met for an hour Wednesday afternoon with Mayor Greg Ballard to try to hash out a compromise. ...

Dems May Back Stricter Smoking Ban Proposal
Cigar Bars, Fraternal Clubs, Tobacco Shops Would Be Exempt
WRTV-Ch. 6 (Indianapolis, IN), 2011-11-30

Indianapolis City-County Council Democrats may soon back a Republican proposal to tighten the city's smoking ban in time for the Super Bowl. ...

Smoking ban could again be issue
Rushville (IN) Republican, 2011-11-30
Maureen Hayden Rushville Republican

RUSHVILLE -- Proponents of a statewide smoking ban plan to bring their fight back to the Indiana Statehouse in January, but hope this time around they can keep it free of the exemptions that sunk its passage in past years. ...

Anti-Smoking Report Rips Indiana
Money Being Diverted To Balance Budget, Advocates Say
WRTV-Ch. 6 (Indianapolis, IN), 2011-11-30

A report from an anti-tobacco group said Indiana and other states have broken their promise to combat smoking among children and adults. ...

Anti-smoking group wants tougher ban
WANE Channel 15 (Fort Wayne, IN), 2011-11-29

The original ordinance allowed for certain businesses, like bowling alleys and bars, to be exempt. Now, the group wants all indoor businesses to become smoke-free with no exceptions. ...

Bringing back the ban bill
Smoking prohibition backers hope to breathe new life
Goshen (IN) News, 2011-11-28 MAUREEN HAYDEN THE GOSHEN NEWS

Proponents of a statewide smoking ban plan to bring their fight back to the Indiana Statehouse in January, but hope this time around they can keep it free of the exemptions that sunk its passage in past years.

Breathing new life: Smoking ban bill backers hope to revive effort
Terre Haute (IN) Tribune-Star, November 27, 2011

Proponents of a statewide smoking ban plan to bring their fight back to the Indiana Statehouse in January, but hope this time around they can keep it free of the exemptions that sunk its passage in past years.

Bar owners list fairness as issue on smoke ban
The Republic (IN) November 26, 2011

A no-exemptions smoking ban proposal got some unexpected support last week from an unlikely coalition. An association that represents approximately 1300 bar ...

Stricter smoking ban eyed in county
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette (IN) - Benjamin Lanka - November 23, 2011

Additionally, she believes the effort in Marion County to ban indoor smoking in the capital before it hosts the Super Bowl will only help bans across the ...

Group Wants Smoking Ban In Indianapolis Before Super Bowl
Indiana Public Media - November 14, 2011

By Network Indiana Smoke Free Indy is trying to convince the Indianapolis City Council and mayor to pass a tougher smoking ban before Super Bowl visitors ...

City-County Council to meet at 7 p.m. tonight
Indianapolis Star, Nov 14, 2011

... . 9 and Jan. 30, but some Democrats -- who hope to win passage of an expanded smoking ban ahead of the Super Bowl -- want the second meeting moved up to ...

Hands off, Democrats tell GOP council members
Indianapolis Star, Nov 14, 2011 | By Jon Murray jon.murray@indystar.com

... , meanwhile, are crafting their agenda. They hope to pass an expansion of Marion County's smoking ban in time for Super Bowl festivities in late January. Lewis said the caucus ...

Judge: Smoking ban suit should go to trial
Muncie (IN) Star Press, Nov 12, 2011

... A lawsuit aimed at overturning Delaware County's enhanced smoking ban should proceed to trial, a Delaware County judge ruled on Friday. Delaware Circuit Court ...

Give and take for good of all
Indianapolis Star, Nov 12, 2011

... represent District 2 on Tuesday, already has signaled that she will introduce a comprehensive workplace smoking ban early next year. She's likely to have the votes on the council ...

Tully: It's time to pass a stronger smoking ban
Indianapolis Star, Nov 11, 2011

... visitors from cities and states that long ago accepted the need to snuff out workplace smoking. Even opponents of smoking bans have quieted of late, having realized that bans actually ...

Airport earns LEED certification
Indianapolis Star, Nov 11, 2011 | By Bruce C. Smith bruce.smith@indystar.com

... and recycled materials used in construction. The building is equipped with water-saving fixtures. No smoking is allowed. Mass transit is available at the front door. And in planning that ...

Walking downtown? Be sure to keep an eye out
Muncie (IN) Star-Press, Nov 6, 2011 | LISA NELLESSEN-LARA

… For years I've complained to anyone who would listen. A walk to the former Blue Bottle for coffee or Savages for a soft pretzel meant skirting around the broken glass, discarded cups and other garbage that litters the sidewalks on my way. ... Those opposed to the new smoking ban are going to try to say the problem just started now that smokers are outside. While that might have added to an already huge issue, anyone who walks downtown knows how horrible it's been for years. …

Mayoral candidates differ on smoking ban
WTHR (Indianapolis, IN) - Mary Milz – November 3, 2011

The debate over whether to pass a smoke-free ordinance ignited strong debate when ... Six years later, it's still a divisive issue, especially as smoke-free ...

Commissioners look at smoking ban
WTHI (IN)- Brittany Earl - November 1, 2011

As of July 1st 2012 Terre Haute will be considered a smoke free dinning city. Connie Wrin, owner of the Verve says, "You kind of just have to roll with the ...

Smoking Ban Facing Candidate Opposition
MyWabashValley (IN) - October 28, 2011

Some of the candidates running for Terre Haute City Council oppose the smoking ban. There are several businesses in the city that are already smoke-free, ...

Where they stand: Richard Martin
Daily Journal - October 25, 2011

Has the city's smoking ban helped or hurt businesses? Would you propose any changes to the ban? Why? Agrees with the smoking ban and believes it has helped ...

Libertarian candidate faces challenges in mayor's race
WTHR - Mary Milz - October 25, 2011

… While he's heard the argument that Indianapolis is behind most major cities when it comes to its smoking ban (which allows smoking in bars and restaurants restricted to those 18 and older), Bowen does not want the ban expanded. "I hesitate to tell business owners what they can and can't do with a business they've put money on the line to open and create jobs," he says. …

Smoke-free policy about the public good
Muncie (IN) Star-Press, Oct 23, 2011 | By THE TOBACCO FREE COALITION OF DELAWARE COUNTY

... Smoke-free air policies have been protecting employees and the public in Delaware County for many ...

EDITORIAL: Our endorsements for the Evansville City Council
Evansville (IN) Courier & Press - October 23, 2011

We don't always agree with him, although we do with his support of a tougher smoking ordinance, but we do recognize his value. ...

Smoking ban trial set for December
Muncie (IN) Star-Press, Oct 20, 2011 | DOUGLAS WALKER

... has set a Dec. 15 trial date for a lawsuit aimed at overturning the enhanced smoking ordinance that was enacted by the Delaware County commissioners in August. This year's ...

Indianapolis mayoral candidates stick to themes of jobs, education, transit
Indianapolis Star, Oct 16, 2011 | By Carrie Ritchie carrie.ritchie@indystar.com

... smoke-free. She noted that people who visit the city are surprised to find smoking at bars and have urged the city to adopt a full smoking ban. She said ...

Tully: It's time for candidates to stop nitpicking and offer clear plans
Indianapolis Star, Oct 16, 2011 | Matthew Tully

... no question that Kennedy is the stronger candidate. My, how the debate over a full smoking ban has changed in just a few years. Kennedy has promised to implement a ...

Let's clear smoke before Super Bowl visitors come
Indianapolis Star, Oct 14, 2011

... With the news of Muncie's smoke-free law being upheld in court, we are reminded that smoke-free laws are within the scope of what government should be doing ...

OUR VIEW: Future of smoking ban seems bright, for now
Muncie Star Press (IN) October 11, 2011

Vorhees found no evidence any court had declared a smoking ban ordinance to be unconstitutional. We've all heard the statistics about how smoking is harmful ...

Judge denies injunction seeking to allow smoking at Delaware ...
The Republic (IN) October 10, 2011

AP MUNCIE, Ind. — A judge in Muncie has denied a request for a temporary injunction against a smoking ban in Delaware County's taverns and fraternal ...

Study proof that smoke bans work
The Republic (IN) October 10, 2011

IUPUC, Ivy Tech, Harrison College and Purdue College of Technology have adopted tough policies related to smoking in their buildings and the surrounding ...

Change for the better
Muncie Star Press October 9, 2011

I have enjoyed this past month of smoke-free entertainment in Delaware County. ... Now that all public places in Delaware County are smoke-free, ...

South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority looks to level ...
nwitimes.com (IN) October 2, 2011

The no-smoking ban would benefit the health of customers. ... "New York City, Chicago and Orlando have smoking bans and it hasn't hurt their bottom line. ...

Thank you, commissioners
Muncie Star Press September 30, 2011

Smoke-free policies help reduce the adult smoking rate, something we need in ... Smoke-free laws also protect the public, including workers and business ...

County hires Indianapolis firm to defend smoking ban
Muncie Star Press - September 27, 2011

... hearing he called Dunnuck because of potential procedural issues in how the smoking ban was enacted. The commissioners voted to enact the ban in June …

Dunnuck to find successor in smoking ban case
Muncie (IN) Star-Press, Sep 20, 2011 | KEITH ROYSDON

... soon have a new attorney to represent them in legal action over the county's smoking ban. In a Monday meeting, the officials authorized Commissioner Don Dunnuck to find an ...

Smoking ban hearing snuffed out
Muncie (IN) Star-Press, Sep 17, 2011 | KEITH ROYSDON

MUNCIE -- The first court hearing in the legal battle over Delaware County's month-old smoking ban ended so unexpectedly Friday that some of the litigants and observers might have ...

W/R Report: Attorney says mayor's veto carried no weight
Muncie (IN) Star-Press, Sep 18, 2011 | By DOUGLAS WALKER and KEITH ROYSDON

... for the lawsuit between local tavern owners and the county commissioners concerning the month-old smoking ban was over before it began. Tavern owners' attorney Bruce Munson called County Commissioner ...

Delaware County smoking ban hearing ends abruptly
Muncie (IN) Star-Press, Sep 16, 2011 | KEITH ROYSDON

MUNCIE -- The first court hearing in the legal battle over Delaware County's month-old smoking ban ended abruptly Friday when the attorney representing tavern owners and other plaintiffs called as a witness the county commissioner who, as the county’s attorney, was preparing to argue the case. Commissioner and attorney Donald Dunnuck was forced to withdraw from the case after plaintiffs’ attorney Bruce Munson called him to the witness stand …

Study: Smoking rate drops among students at Indiana University ($$)
The Herald-Times (subscription) - Dann Denny - September 15, 2011

The study compared smoking behaviors and attitudes among students at Indiana University, which went smoke-free on Jan. 1, 2008; with those of students at ... Seo said he hopes the study will cause more universities and colleges to adopt smoke-free policies. According to Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights there are now 530 smoke-free college campuses in the US “We are happy there are so many campuses with ...

Study: Campus smoking ban reduced students' smoking, changed attitudes
Indiana University - September 14, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Smoking bans have become more common on university campuses, but do they work? Do they help reduce smoking in this newly independent …

Arguments ready for smoking ban lawsuit
Muncie (IN) Star Press, Sep 10, 2011 | KEITH ROYSDON

... he will "challenge some of the long-standing assumptions" about the dangers of second-hand smoke and argue that public health does not get a boost from a smoking ban ...

Clean air anniversary
Muncie (IN) Star Press, Sep 11, 2011 | RACHEL BUCKMAN

Muncie ... a great victory for employee health, protecting all Delaware County employees from exposure to secondhand smoke. If you have not had the opportunity to visit one of the local businesses ...

Mayoral race puts Indy's future at stake
Indianapolis Star - September 4, 2011

And though Indianapolis has a smoking ban, the exemption of bars and some other places puts it behind many competitors for convention business and tourism. …

The race IS ON
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette (IN) - Tracy Warner - September 4, 2011

Many blamed his loss on the city's ahead-of-its-time smoking ban, but Crawford certainly wasn't helped by a weak GOP mayoral candidate who reduced ...

Delaware Circuit Court 1 Judge Marianne Vorhees accepts smoking ban case
Muncie Star Press (IN) - September 1, 2011

After the lawsuit was filed in July seeking to stop the smoking ban adopted by the Delaware County commissioners in June, Delaware Circuit Court 3 Judge ...

First smoking offenders warned of prohibition
Muncie (IN) Star-Press, Aug 31, 2011 | Larry Riley

... judge declines to preside over an attempt to repeal Delaware County's new prohibition against smoking in taverns, the health department is forging ahead on enforcing the three-week-old ...

WALKER/ROYSDON: Judges to court employees: No social media for you
Muncie Star Press - August 30, 2011

That lawsuit over Delaware County's recently imposed enhanced smoking ban has landed again in Delaware County. Delaware Circuit Court 3 Judge Linda Ralu ...

Second judge turns down Delaware County smoking ban lawsuit
Muncie (IN) Star-Press, Aug 30, 2011
KEITH ROYSDON

MUNCIE -- The lawsuit over Delaware County's smoking ban needs a new judge -- again. A month after a Delaware County judge opted out ...

New judge appointed to smoking ban suit
Muncie (IN) Star-Press, Aug 18, 2011

Randolph Circuit Court Judge Jay Toney will preside over a lawsuit aimed at overturning Delaware County's recently enhanced smoking ban. ...

Our view: Smoke rate dips, but law still needed
Post-Tribune, August 17, 2011

Take a bow, Indiana. The state’s adult smoking rate fell by 23 percent over the last decade. The smoking rate dipped from 27.4 percent of …

Daniels says statewide smoking ban has a shot at passing
Evansville (IN) Courier & Press, 2011-08-14
- Sarah Seward/Special to the Courier & Press

State Rep. Charlie Brown (D-Gary) said he will propose a statewide smoking ban next session – for the sixth year in a row – and Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels said he thinks the legislation has a chance to pass this time. ...

Smoking bar patrons head for the patio
Muncie (IN) Star-Press, Aug 12, 2011 | DOUGLAS WALKER

... newly constructed patio, observing -- unhappily, in some instances -- the day that Delaware County's enhanced smoking ordinance went into effect. Unlike a county smoking ordinance enacted in 2006, the new ...

New IU Health policy: You can't smoke at work or on off-campus break
Indianapolis Star, Aug 12, 2011 | By Shari Rudavsky shari.rudavsky@indystar.com

Grabbing a smoke while on a lunch break soon will be a thing of the past for Indiana University Health employees ­ even if they are miles from the tobacco-free campus. Beginning Aug. 22, workers at IU Health's Downtown hospitals will not be allowed to smoke or use smokeless tobacco products during their work days. It is one of the most restrictive smoking policies in the nation.

IU Health's campuses have been smoke-free since 2005. But with research pointing to the dangers of so-called third-hand smoke -- tobacco contaminants that remain on smokers' bodies -- the hospital system strengthened the policy.

... Policies like these ignore the fact that smoking is an addiction, said Cynthia Hallett, executive director for Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. Her organization supports smoke-free policies but not those that mandate people never smoke or quit.

"This policy gets a little close to that line," Hallett said. "Tobacco companies make cigarettes to be highly addictive so it's very challenging to require that people never smoke at any point in time." ...

EDITORIAL: Decline in smoking makes now a good time to push a ban
Evansville (IN) Courier & Press - August 12, 2011

We live in an unusual place with an odd smoking situation. Vanderburgh County has a public smoking ordinance that bans smoking in most public places, ...

Ind. health officials say smoking at historic low
Indianapolis Star, Aug 9, 2011 | Associated Press

... and Prevention say the median rate for smoking in the U.S. was 17.3 percent in 2010. Utah has the lowest smoking rate (9.1 percent) and West Virginia ...

OUR VIEW: Smoking ban challenge lacks real merit
Muncie (IN) Star-Press, August 5, 2011

Delaware County's expanded ban on smoking in bars, taverns and private clubs is set to take effect on Aug. 11, despite a lawsuit filed challenging the legality of the ordinance ...

Push to make IN smoke-free renewed
WANE - Mark Mellinger - August 5, 2011

Earlier this year, a proposed smoking ban failed to pass the legislature . The bill would have provided exemptions for casinos, bars, fraternal clubs, ...

Indianapolis mayor candidate Kennedy endorsed by anti-smoking group
Fox 59 - August 4, 2011

The anti-smoking group supports Kennedy¿s commitment to support and sign a law that makes workplaces and public places smoke-free. ...

Smoking ban legal fight needs a new judge
Muncie (IN) Star-Press, Aug 2, 2011 | KEITH ROYSDON

MUNCIE -- A court hearing set for Tuesday to decide the legality of Delaware County's smoking ban was canceled after the judge in the case bowed out. Delaware Circuit 3 ...

Smoking ban going to court
Opponents of the still-pending local smoking ban have gone to court to stop its implementation
Muncie (IN) Star-Press, July 28, 2011
KEITH ROYSDON and DOUGLAS WALKER

Just two weeks before Delaware County's comprehensive smoking ban goes into effect, a legal challenge has been mounted ...

GUEST COLUMN: Indiana General Assembly guilty of nonprogressive, backward thinking
Indianapolis Star, Jul 15, 2011 | Richard Feldman

... .8 million yearly), it was largely responsible for astonishing improvements in Hoosier adult and youth smoking rates and encouragement of local smoke-free ordinances. One can only imagine what could ...

Panel takes hard look at city parks smoke ban
The Republic - Paul Minnis - July 15, 2011

COLUMBUS ­ Smoking opponents told the Columbus Parks and Recreation Board on Thursday that it should ban smoking at city parks, because allowing smoking sends a mixed message about health. ...

Smoking ban for parks eyed
The Republic - Paul Minnis - July 14, 2011

COLUMBUS ­ The Columbus Parks and Recreation Board will discuss the possibility of banning smoking at city parks in a public meeting at noon today at Donner Center. No decision will be made at the public meeting, ...

Video: One more project for Alice: cancer turns community icon into anti-smoking activist
The Republic (IN), [July 2011]

Click here to watch a brief video of Alice Curry and Dr. David Wilson as they discuss lung cancer and the dangers of secondhand smoke …

Columbus pillar Curry dies at 66
The Republic - Harry McCawley - July 11, 2011

COLUMBUS ­ Alice Curry, who helped bring national recognition to the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and more recently dedicated her last years to a personal lobbying campaign for comprehensive smoking-ban laws, ...

Upscale Businesses Ban Smoking Where City Failed
WLKY Louisville - July 5, 2011

EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- Five years after a southern Indiana city passed a smoking ordinance allowing bar and restaurant patrons to light up, the owners of some of the city's upscale businesses are taking matters into their own hands and banning smoking at ...

Commissioners commended
Muncie Star-Press, Jul 3, 2011 | CHERYL MATHEWS Chairman, Tobacco Free Coalition of Delaware County

... Free Coalition of Delaware County commends the Delaware County Commissioners for voting to enact comprehensive smoke-free indoor air legislation. This action is a great one on so many levels ...

Ban on smoking in Delaware County public buildings will begin Aug. 11
Muncie Star-Press, Jul 1, 2011 | KEITH ROYSDON

... MUNCIE -- In mid-August, a comprehensive ban on smoking in public places -- notably including bars and taverns -- goes into effect in Delaware County. The ...

Vanderburgh Co. smoking ban sparks debate
14WFIE.com - Laura McNutt - June 30, 2011

After a two to one vote by Vanderburgh County Commissioners in February, starting Friday smoking will be banned from all bars and restaurants outside of the city limits. "I really think it's going to hurt us because a lot of my regulars, ...

Smoking ban still dragging
Muncie Star Press - Keith Roysdon - June 20, 2011

Don't hold your breath -- or better yet, do -- waiting for the speedy implementation of Delaware County's ban on smoking in most public buildings. When the Delaware County commissioners approved the smoking ban on June 6, it was under the condition ...

Report: Smoking ban could save state millions
Indianapolis Star, Jun 16, 2011 | By Shari Rudavsky shari.rudavsky@indystar.com

Indiana could save a cool $74 million in health-care costs over the next five years by banning Hoosiers from lighting up at work, according to a first-of-its-kind report Wednesday from the American Cancer Society ...

Saving Lives, Saving Money: Two new tobacco reports from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, 2011-06-15

Tobacco use remains the nation's number one cause of preventable death, killing approximately 443,000 Americans and costing $96 billion in direct health care costs each year. Two new reports from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network measure the dramatic health and economic benefits of enacting strong tobacco control policies in the states. The reports quantify lives saved, reduction in smokers and health costs saved in each state from implementing comprehensive smoke-free laws or tobacco tax increases. ...

Delaware County sets standard for smoke ban
The Republic - June 10, 2011

By Republic Editorial editorial@therepublic.com ALTHOUGH it is disappointing that efforts for a true statewide smoking ban were derailed in the most recent General Assembly, that result should not preclude local governments from taking action to ...

Delaware County smoking ban approved
Muncie Star Press - Keith Roysdon - June 7, 2011

Smoking ban approved (06.07.11): Delaware County Commissioners make a decision on an ordinance, which now includes bars and taverns, in the smoking ban. By LATHAY PEGUES Ball Memorial physician, Dr. Jeffrey C. Bird, presents documents to help sway the ...

Most want smoking ban, survey says
Proponents of a ban released the survey just before Delaware County officials' planned meeting tonight
Muncie (IN) Star-Press, 2011-06-06
Written by KEITH ROYSDON

Advocates of a proposed ban on smoking in public buildings -- including bars, taverns and other public buildings not already smoke-free -- have released a survey that shows support for the wider ban. ...

HALEY: Hospital CEO backing smoking ordinance
Muncie (IN) Star-Press, 2011-06-05
Written by MICHAEL E. HALEY

When it comes to our health, choices we make as individuals have a lasting impact on our lives. As a community, with the help of our county commissioners, we find ourselves on the verge of making a choice that could potentially save lives, as well as enhance the quality of living of many people. ...

Statewide smoking ban still burning
Health commissioner will expand anti-smoking efforts
Terre Haute (IN) Tribune-Star, 2011-06-05
Maureen Hayden Tribune-Star Statehouse Bureau

Stung by criticism from anti-smoking advocates who fear he'll diminish efforts to combat tobacco use, Indiana Health Commissioner Dr. Gregory Larkin is working to calm those worries. ..

LARKIN: Indiana will continue fight against tobacco use
The Times of Northwest Indiana, 2011-06-04
Gregory Larkin GUEST COMMENTARY

Indiana joined the rest of the world Tuesday in celebrating World No Tobacco Day. This global health observation was created to teach people about the dangers of tobacco use and highlight public health efforts in the fight against the tobacco epidemic. ...

Health officials urge county to enact ban
Muncie (IN) Star-Press, 2011-06-04
Written by WILLIAM B. STEPHEN, JAMES LESLIE and LINDA GRAY

The debate is over. We know that secondhand smoke kills. . . .
The enactment of smoke-free ordinances helps everyone -- including businesses. There is credible evidence that smoke-free environments lead to decreased operating expenses through lower maintenance costs, insurance premiums and labor costs. ...

Smoking ban up for debate
Ball State Daily News - Logan Winslow - June 2, 2011

The ban would replace an existing regulation, which prohibits smoking in all public workspaces but exempts bars and restaurants. "The [new] regulation would be the most comprehensive in Indiana, if it were implemented," Tobacco-Free Coalition program ...

Morgantown council to consider banning smoking in bars, restaurants, all ...
The Republic - June 2, 2011

Morgantown City Council plans to consider banning smoking in all bars, restaurants and workplaces in the city. The proposed ban is on the agenda for the council's meeting next week. Mayor Bill Byrne tells The Dominion Post that consideration of the ban ...

Council exempting Moose Lodge from smoking ban
nwitimes.com - Melanie Csepiga - May 24, 2011

LOWELL | When the town instituted its smoking ban in late February, everyone knew the local Moose Lodge would not benefit from the change. That's why the Town Council didn't blink Monday when it directed Town Attorney Gregory Sobkowsky to amend the ...

Franklin College to ban smoking
Indianapolis Star, May 16, 2011 | Associated Press

FRANKLIN, Ind. -- A small liberal arts college in central Indiana will completely ban smoking on campus starting July 1. Franklin College says its campus will soon be smoke-free and ...

Indiana Health Dept. creates Tobacco Prevention Division
Greencastle (IN) Banner-Graphic, 2011-05-14

The sweeping of the state budget bill through the Indiana State Legislature left a lot of programs, and jobs, in question. ...

Smoking ban hearing set
Muncie Star Press - May 3, 2011

MUNCIE -- A proposal to tighten Delaware County's five-year-old smoking ordinance to include bars, taverns and some other buildings exempted from the 2006 ban will get a public hearing next month. The county commissioners -- who will have the final ...

All Wabash General Hospital campus sites will become tobacco-free June 1
Princeton Daily Clarion - April 29, 2011

Effective Wednesday, June 1, all Wabash General Hospital campus locations will become tobacco free. The WGH Board of Directors, the medical staff and administrative staff agreed that it was time to do as other area hospitals have done and make the ...

Delaware County Commissioners leery of smoking ban
Muncie Star Press - April 19, 2011

MUNCIE -- Supporters of making Delaware County's smoking ban tougher -- and including bars and taverns -- heard their proposed ordinance introduced on Monday. They also heard two of the three county commissioners who will have the last word on the ban ...

Three Democrats seeking primary nod for right to face incumbent Republican ...
Terre Haute Tribune Star - April 19, 2011

“Actually, I think they were wrong in doing it,” Love said of the council's smoking ordinance decision. Nation, meanwhile, said he had “reservations” about the ordinance. “I have some reservations about taking away all options for smokers, ...

Senate leader declares smoking ban dead for year
nwitimes.com - April 18, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS | The leader of the Indiana Senate has declared the proposed statewide indoor smoking ban dead, despite recent efforts by a region lawmaker to salvage his proposal in the waning days of the legislative session. "We're finished with the ...

Ind.'s anti-tobacco agency's 1st decade mixed
Associated Press (AP), 2011-04-16

Indiana's top anti-tobacco agency has reached its 10th birthday with much to celebrate: Fewer people are smoking, more communities and employers are going smoke-free and the agency has earned a national reputation for results. ...

Delaware County Health Board to consider stricter smoking ban
Muncie Star Press - April 14, 2011

MUNCIE -- Delaware County officials will be asked to widen the county's five-year-old smoking ban to include businesses exempted in 2006, including bars, taverns, private clubs and tobacco stores ...

Senate panel puts out watered-down smoking ban
By Shari Rudavsky shari.rudavsky@indystar.com
Indianapolis Star, Apr 7, 2011

Once more, Indiana has snuffed out a statewide smoking ban. A Senate committee Wednesday voted nearly unanimously to kill a bill that arrived from the House so watered down, not even the American Cancer Society would support it. ...

A longer wait to be free of smoke
Indianapolis Star, Apr 7, 2011

... Backers of legislation to make Indiana a smoke-free state faced a Hobson's choice Wednesday, as a state Senate committee considered House ...

EDITORIAL: Smoking ban example of legislature at its worst
House committee was right to kill proposed state law with so many exceptions it was laughable
Richmond (IN) Palladium-Item, 2011-04-07

The Senate's Public Policy Committee chairman, Ron Alting, a Republican from Lafayette, did not permit senators to consider removing any of those exemptions, arguing that they were needed to patch together a coalition for passage of this measure. ...

Proposed smoking ban snuffed out
Senate panel votes down proposal; members say they opposed many exemptions
Associated Press (AP), 2011-04-07

A statewide smoking ban that health advocates assailed as too weak was rejected Wednesday by an Indiana Senate committee after several members said they supported broader restrictions on smoking in public places. ...

Smoking ban dies in Senate
The Times of Northwest Indiana, 2011-04-07
Dan Carden dan.carden

State Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, vowed to try again next year after an Indiana Senate committee voted 8-1 on Wednesday to reject his proposed statewide indoor smoking ban. ...

Indiana smoking ban snuffed out, again
Muncie Star Press - April 7, 2011

Had the bill passed, it would have been one of the weaker smoking policies in the nation, excluding casinos, nursing homes, and private clubs in addition to bars, she said. Twenty-nine other states have legislation the American Cancer Society deems ...

Indiana Senate panel sets vote on smoking ban
ABC7Chicago.com - April 5, 2011

April 5, 2011 (INDIANAPOLIS) -- The chairman of an Indiana Senate committee has scheduled a vote on whether a proposed statewide smoking ban will stay alive in the Legislature. The Senate Public Policy Committee is expected to vote on the bill ...

$26700 in Contributions from Alcohol Industry Raises Red Flags Over Senator ...
Centre Daily Times - March 30, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS, March 30, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Saying it raises questions about his opposition to a smoke-free law that includes bars, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids today released data from the National Institute on Money in State ...

Senate committee might vote on smoking ban
Indianapolis (IN) Star, 2011-03-30
Written by Heather Gillers

The head of the Indiana Senate's Public Policy Committee said Tuesday night that he might call a vote on the proposed state smoking ban, even though he said earlier in the day that he would not. ...

Groups Pushing Indiana Smoking Ban Willing to Compromise
Tristatehomepage.com - March 28, 2011

Supporters of a comprehensive statewide smoking ban in Indiana say they are willing to compromise, for now. Smokefree Communities of Vanderburgh County says it, and groups like it, have been trying to pass a statewide smoking ban for 10 years. ...

Smoking bill up for a vote next week
14 WFIE (Evansville, IN), 2011-03-28

Members of the smoke free communities of southern Indiana sent a message to Hoosier lawmakers: they want and will keep pushing for tougher laws to protect workers from secondhand smoke. ...

Study: Smoking ban didn't hurt business
Indianapolis Star, Mar 24, 2011

A smoking ban did not cut into business at an Indiana off-track betting facility, an Indiana ...

The impact of a local smoke-free air law on wagering at an off-track betting facility in Indiana
Online First * > Article Tob Control doi:10.1136/tc.2010.041913
Tobacco Control, 2011-03-22

Objective This study measured the impact of a local smoke-free air law on wagering at an off-track betting (OTB) facility in Indiana.

Methods Regression analysis was used to compare the trend in per capita amount wagered at an OTB location that went smoke-free to the trend in per capita amount wagered at two comparison OTB locations that continued to permit smoking. Unemployment rate was included as a covariate.

Results During the study period, there was a decreasing trend in the per capita amount wagered at each of the three OTB locations. There was no significant change in the trend for the location that went smoke free or for the locations where smoking has continued.

Conclusions There is no economic reason to exclude OTB facilities from smoke-free legislation.

IU study: Smoke-free air law had no effect on off-track betting facility business activity
EurekAlert, 2011-03-22

An Indiana University study found that a smoke-free air law implemented in an Indiana community did not hurt business at the off-track betting facility in that community. The findings, the researchers said, suggest there is "no economic reason for policymakers to exclude OTB facilities from smoke-free legislation." ...

Brown returns to state to push for smoking ban
nwitimes.com - March 15, 2011

1, 2008, and bans smoking in all workplaces and public places including bars, restaurants and casinos. She said only about 25 percent of people in Illinois are smokers, but they were extremely vocal, and it was important to get the other 75 percent ...

Statewide smoking ban bill stalls in Statehouse
Evening News and Tribune - Maureen Hayden - March 14, 2011
By MAUREEN HAYDEN maureen.hayden@indianamediagroup.com

INDIANAPOLIS ­ Legislation that would impose a statewide smoking ban is lingering in the Indiana Statehouse, stalled by a House Democrat walkout going into its fourth week. ...

Work or health? It shouldn't be a choice
Indianapolis Star, Mar 12, 2011 | G. Marie Swanson

... per household. Both smoking and nonsmoking employees exposed to secondhand smoke at work take off more days than employees in smoke-free environments. Secondhand smoke increases costly emergency room visits ...

Back in Iowa, the fans don't have to breathe smoky air
Indianapolis Star, Mar 12, 2011

... one of three Big Ten universities that have been given a home bar that allows smoking indoors. Iowa passed the Smoke Free Air Act in 2008. I have enjoyed the ...

Smoking concerns cloud city's hosting of Big Ten tourney
Indianapolis Business Journal - March 9, 2011

Nationwide, 27 states now boast comprehensive bans. The Indiana House of Representatives passed asmoking-ban bill in January peppered with exemptions, ...

St. Joseph County smoking measure loses
South Bend Tribune - Erin Blasko - March 9, 2011

... the countywide smoking ban to include bars, restaurants and private clubs. ... the county would support an ordinance banning smoking in all workplaces.

Support lacking for expanded smoking ban
South Bend Tribune - Erin Blasko - March 8, 2011

SOUTH BEND ­ A controversial proposal to expand the countywide smoking ban to include bars, restaurants and private clubs appears headed for defeat. Five of the nine St. Joseph County Council members ­ Democrats Mike Hamann, Bob McCahill ...

Chesterton delayed smoking ban but didn't snuff out proposal nwitimes.com - March 2, 2011

... article "Chesterton snuffs out smoking ordinance talk." House Bill 1018 has not stalled out in the Legislature. It passed the House, 68-31, ...

Lowell smoking ban loses some punch after changes
nwitimes.com - Melanie Csepiga - March 1, 2011

LOWELL | The town's smoking ban lost its potency Monday when the Town Council amended its clean air ordinance to exempt bars and other establishments. Council President John Alessia, D-3rd, was the lone vote against the changes. ...

Indiana man charged with threatening Gov. Mitch Daniels over smoking ban
Indianapolis Star, Feb 25, 2011 | Associated Press

FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- A northern Indiana man was accused Thursday of mailing letters threatening to kill Gov. Mitch Daniels and the executive director of Indiana's anti-smoking agency if they didn't stop promoting workplace anti-smoking campaigns.

Michael O'Brien, 45, of Howe is charged with threatening to kill Daniels "like John F. Kennedy" and Karla Sneegas, executive director of Indiana's Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation board, with a baseball bat. He's accused of making the threats in letters sent last August that are filled with profanities and epithets and tell Sneegas: "We are watching you." ...

N. Ind. county closer to banning smoking in bars
Chicago Tribune - February 24, 2011

AP A northern Indiana county is one step closer to banning smoking in its bars, restaurants and private clubs. St. Joseph County's Human Services/Criminal Justice Committee voted 5-2 Wednesday to send the proposed ordinance containing the smoking ban ...

Expanded smoking ban headed for vote
South Bend Tribune - Erin Blasko - February 24, 2011

SOUTH BEND ­ A proposal to extend the countywide smoking ban to include bars, restaurants and private clubs moved one step closer to a vote this week after the Human Services/Criminal Justice Committee elected to send it the full County ...

Ballard to discuss improving state of city
Indianapolis Star, Feb 24, 2011 | By Jon Murray jon.murray@indystar.com

... Promises. Today's entry will focus on Ballard's change of heart on a comprehensive smoking ban after supporting the idea in the 2007 campaign. "The major priority for leaders …

Business owners get ready for Vanderburgh smoking ban
14 WFIE (Evansville, IN), 2011-02-23
Becky Graham

VANDERBURGH CO., IN (WFIE) - Some business owners fear a Vanderburgh County smoking ban will hurt their bottom line.

On July 8, Vanderburgh County bars and restaurants will be forced to go smoke free, under an ordinance passed by county commissioners on Tuesday.

Restaurant and bar owners say the commissioners decision to ban smoking will drive their clientele out, hurting them financially, while others say they'll just have to think outside the box when it comes to keeping there customers ...

AHA smoke free bill heads to IN Senate
WANE - February 17, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS (WANE) - The health of thousands of Hoosier workers will improve if the state becomes the 24th to pass comprehensive smoke free legislation, American Heart Association officials said.

Indiana House Bill 1018, which would ban smoking in most public places, recently passed the House of Representatives by a 68-31 vote and is headed for a hearing in the State Senate.

“We’re very pleased to see House Bill 1018 moving to the Senate,” said Winfred Bowen, a heart transplant survivor and the chair of the American Heart Association’s statewide advocacy committee. “Representatives Charlie Brown and Eric Turner have worked very hard to make Indiana smoke free. We thank them for their efforts." ...

Lowell to revisit smoke ban
The Times of Northwest Indiana, 2011-02-15
Melanie Csepiga Times Correspondent

LOWELL | Two Town Council members will meet today with the Town Attorney to shape an amendment to Lowell's indoor smoking ban after a pleas Monday from struggling local business owners.

The crowd urged a special meeting to consider an amendment that could exempt some establishments. Lowell's clean air ordinance, which prohibits smoking in public places and workplaces, went into effect Jan. 1.

Martha Vasquez Boesman, owner of Country Lanes, 1900 Lucas Parkway, pleaded on behalf of the high school bowling teams she coaches and supports through her business. Some of the teen bowlers joined her ...

Town Council tables smoke free ordinance while legislators downstate mull law
Chesterton Tribune - Kevin Nevers - February 15, 2011

The Chesterton Town Council has opted to table—for the moment—a proposed smoke-free ordinance.

At its meeting Monday night, members agreed by consensus to wait until the Indiana General Assembly has jumped one way or the other, before enacting Chesterton’s own smoke-free ordinance ...

Ind. House OKs bill banning smoking in most public places
The Desert Sun - Mary Beth Schneider - Feb 12, 2011

The Indiana House voted 68-31 for a bill that would ban smoking in most public places in Indiana.

House Bill 1018, sponsored by Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, and Rep. Eric Turner, R-Marion, now moves to the Senate for consideration. This is the fifth time a smoking-ban bill has passed the House. In the past, the bill has never gotten a hearing in the Senate, but Senate President Pro Tempore David Long, R-Fort Wayne, said it will get a hearing this year ...

TRIBUNE-STAR EDITORIAL: Bad compromise on state smoking ban
Unfair exemptions in House proposal
Terre Haute (IN) Tribune-Star, 2011-02-10

What began as a full-scale smokefree indoor workplace proposal, now contains myriad exemptions. It would prohibit smoking in many public places and most restaurants, but grants exceptions to restaurants in casinos, casinos in general, bars, private clubs and nursing homes. ...

Smoking ban back on table in St. Joseph County
WSBT-TV - February 7, 2011

SOUTH BEND ­ Tobacco Free St. Joseph County has re-introduced a proposal to expand the smoking ban to restaurants and bars in St. Joseph County The agency ...

County eyes tougher smoking ban
Evansville Courier & Press - Richard Gootee - February 6, 2011

The Vanderburgh County Commissioners are expected to consider a stronger ordinance that would ban smoking in all bars and restaurants ...

Smoking ban debate to resume in St. Joe County
WNDU-TV - Mark Peterson - February 1, 2011

A proposed ordinance has been filed that would extend St. Joseph County's current smoking ban to include bars and private clubs. Sponsors filed the measure ...

Loopholes weaken law too much
Palladium-Item - February 1, 2011

The Indiana General Assembly has long been touted as a part-time, non-professional assembly of citizen legislators -- farmers and merchants, school administrators, attorneys -- who gather annually to weigh passage of bills into law.

That there is almost never enough time to do justice to many of the hundreds of bills filed each year should not saddle the state with legislative shortcuts that in turn give rise to efforts like the one now being carried out to outlaw smoking.

This newspaper is among those that, for years, has contended that if there is to be a smoking ban, it should be enacted statewide rather than piecemeal by individual jurisdictions, creating a crazy-quilt pattern of prohibitions not just between cities, but also towns and cities within the same county.

If there is to be a ban, we have argued, it should be uniform.

Sadly, in legislators' never-ending search for meaningless half-way compromises, the measure now making its way through the General Assembly has so many exemptions that it is anything but uniform ...

Smoking ban clears Indiana House
Indianapolis Star, February 1, 2011
By Mary Beth Schneider mary.beth.schneider@indystar.com

Smoking would be snuffed out in many public places, including restaurants, in a bill that passed the Indiana House 68-31 on Monday.

It now moves to the Senate, where similar legislation has died the past four years. This year, supporters hope the Senate will not only pass the bill, but will make it even stronger by removing exemptions in it.

The House had whittled away at the smoking ban in House Bill 1018, exempting casinos and those taverns that admit only adults while also letting nursing homes and fraternal clubs, such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars, have smoking areas.

While no smoking-ban bill has gotten a hearing in the Senate in the past, Senate President Pro Tempore David Long, R-Fort Wayne, said it will be considered this year ...

Statewide smoking ban clears House
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette - February 1, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS – Smoking would be prohibited in most public places under a bill passed 68-31 Monday by the Indiana House.

But supporters say there is still work to be done on the measure.

Rep. Milo Smith, R-Columbus, said he hopes the Senate will remove several exemptions put in the bill “so we can have a true smoking ban in the state of Indiana.”

House Bill 1018 would cover most workplaces, including offices, hotels, businesses, restaurants, bowling alleys and more. And it would allow local ordinances to be more restrictive than state law.

The impetus behind the bill is to protect employees in public places around the state from working in conditions that are hazardous to their health ...

Smoking Ban Bill Moves to State Senate
Inside INdiana Business (press release) - February 1, 2011

Legislation calling for a statewide smoking ban is headed to the Indiana Senate. The House has passed the bill, which includes exemptions for some ...

Loopholes give smoking ban a better chance
Associated Press (AP), 2011-01-29
DEANNA MARTIN, Associated Press

A proposed statewide smoking ban now has so many exemptions that health advocates say it nearly loses its meaning. Yet those loopholes give the bill its best shot in years of actually passing the Republican-controlled General Assembly. ...

Senate to take up House-passed texting ban
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette - January 28, 2011

House members for the second time this week delayed a vote on a statewide smoking ban. Debate over amendments on another bill prolonged Thursday's session, ...

Senate Pledges First-Ever Hearing on Smoking Ban
But bill must first make it through House
WIBC 91.3 FM (Indianapolis, IN), 2011-01-27
Eric Berman

A proposed statewide smoking ban will get a hearing in the Senate if it makes it out of the House, but many of the exceptions which have supporters fuming may remain. ...

EDITORIAL: Exceptions rule over smoking ban
Indianapolis (IN) Star, 2011-01-27

A legislature that claims to be focused on the economy, government thrift and the general welfare of Hoosiers has some odd ways of showing it. ...

Indiana Senate will hear bans on texting and driving and workplace smoking
Louisville Courier-Journal - Lesley Stedman Weidenbener - January 27, 2011

The House passed the texting ban – which prohibits drivers from texting and emailing while their vehicles are moving – this week. The smoking ban – which ...

Smoking ban watered down in House
Indianapolis Star, Jan 25, 2011

A bill to ban smoking in most public areas in Indiana was watered down Monday, as the House voted to exempt bars that cater only to those 21 and older.

The House also voted to let nursing homes and veterans' facilities, as well as fraternal clubs such as those run by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, have a smoking area.

House Bill 1018 had already been weakened in committee, when it was changed to exempt casinos from the smoking ban. ...

Brown: Smoking ban changes 'unacceptable'
Gary Post Tribune - Jon Seidel - January 25, 2011

NDIANAPOLIS -- Bars and taverns would be exempt from Indiana's proposed smoking ban under changes made Monday at the Statehouse, as well as nursing homes and veterans' private clubs.

Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, called the amendments "unacceptable." His smoking ban cleared another hurdle, though. It faces a final vote in the House before it goes to the Senate.

The bill, which would prohibit smoking in all public places, already exempted casino gambling facilities around the state. That was added last week after a fiscal analysis found a smoking ban would cost casinos money, and therefore cut off as much as $187 million in gambling taxes from Indiana next year.

The state's powerful casino lobby also opposes the ban.

Rep. Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, said the casino exemption forced him to support one for bars and taverns. They compete in his hometown with Blue Chip Casino.

"If we're going to do it for the big guys because we're scared of them and we need the revenue," Pelath said, "then we have to do it for some of these folks who run businesses."

The bar and tavern exemption passed in a 56-33 roll call vote. Region lawmakers voting against it included Democrats Brown, Rep. Mara Candelaria-Reardon of Munster, Rep. Chet Dobis of Merrillville, Rep. Earl Harris of East Chicago, Rep. Vernon Smith of Gary, Rep. Shelli VanDenburgh of Crown Point and Republican Rep. Ed Soliday of Valparaiso ...

Exemptions grow for smoking ban
South Bend Tribune - Kevin Allen - January 25, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS — State lawmakers have added a few more exceptions to a bill that would ban smoking in public places in Indiana.

The measure was amended last week in the House Public Health Committee to exempt casinos from smoke-free rules, and it was changed again Monday on the House floor to exempt bars, nursing homes, and veterans halls and fraternal clubs.

Representatives who argued in favor of exempting bars said business owners should be allowed to decide for themselves if smoking is allowed in their establishments. Also, lawmakers said, those small businesses would lose revenue if customers can't smoke — especially in areas where a casino is nearby. ...

House exempts bars, veterans facilities from smoke ban
The Times of Northwest Indiana, 2011-01-25
Dan Carden

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana House voted Monday to exempt bars and veterans facilities from a proposed statewide indoor smoking ban that could get a final House vote this week.

Casino properties and tobacco shops previously were exempted from House Bill 1018, sponsored by state Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary.

The bar exemption applies only to drinking establishments and could not be used by a restaurant/bar unless the bar where smoking is permitted is separated from the rest of the nonsmoking building by a solid, floor-to-ceiling wall.

State Rep. Don Lehe, R-Brookston, sponsored the veterans facility exemptions. If enacted, smoking still would be permitted in Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion halls and within a separate indoor room at the Indiana Veterans Home in West Lafayette.

Representatives voted down a restaurant exemption, a ban on smoking outdoors at public parks and recreation areas and a proposal to allow cities and towns to pass a weaker smoking ban that wouldn't be superseded by a statewide ban …

Majority at forum back smoking ban
Gary Post Tribune - Charles M. Bartholomew - January 25, 2011

CHESTERTON -- Opinions on a proposed smoking ban ran almost four-to-one in favor among the 50 adults and children who signed in with their sentiments at the Town Council forum on the smoke-free town issue Monday night.

"Tonight is meant to give you input," said council President Sharon Darnell. ...

TRIBUNE-STAR EDITORIAL: New standard in workplace safety
State, county should follow city’s example
Terre Haute (IN) Tribune-Star, 2011-01-19

TERRE HAUTE — Terre Haute took a significant step forward last Thursday when the City Council voted to, eventually, prohibit smoking in all indoor workplaces, including bars, restaurants and private clubs.

Employees in businesses around the city will no longer have to breathe dangerously unhealthy secondhand smoke as part of their job requirements. In approving the indoor clean air ordinance, the council wisely focused on the well-being of workers, rather than getting sidetracked by debates over the individual rights of smokers vs. nonsmokers, or businesses vs. local government. The positive health impact of a safe, clean atmosphere on employees is widely understood. The council’s unanimous 9-0 vote reflected that reality.

Unfortunately, the ordinance won’t be implemented for another year and a half. ...

State smoking ban may have its best chance yet
Indianapolis Star, Jan 20, 2011 | By Shari Rudavsky shari.rudavsky@indystar.com

... persuade his colleagues in the Indiana General Assembly to pass a law that would outlaw smoking in public places. This year is no exception. And, at least initially, his fourth ...

Statewide ban on smoking in restaurants, bars to be considered
Indianapolis (IN) Star, 2011-01-20

Hoosier lawmakers will have a chance to consider a statewide ban on smoking in the workplace after a House committee today passed a no-smoking in public places measure. ...

City's lack of full smoking ban is shameful
Indianapolis Star, Jan 19, 2011 | By Matthew Tully

Various bigwigs will gather Thursday to celebrate the grand opening of the $275 million convention center expansion, the latest step in a decadeslong push that has turned Downtown into one of the city's jewels.

We'll hear about all the conventions Indianapolis can now attract and compete for, thanks to all of the upgrades and extra space. It's an economic boon for the city, our leaders will say.

And they're right.

But after the dust clears around the convention center construction site, the smoke around Downtown will remain. And for many of those who come to Indianapolis for conventions, or the Super Bowl next February, a less-than-fond memento of the city will be all of the nasty-smelling, smoke-covered clothes stuffed in their suitcases.

The lack of a strong smoking ban is one of this city's biggest weaknesses. ...

Indiana statewide smoking ban up for discussion again
WNDU-TV - January 19, 2011

A statewide smoking ban proposal is again taking center stage in Indiana.

The bill currently being heard in the House might exempt casinos from the smoking ban.

A non-partisan group told the House Public Health Committee last week that banning smoking in casinos could lead to a $180 million loss in tax revenue. The committee debated the proposal, but no vote was taken.

It's possible a vote could be taken as early as 3:30 p.m. Wednesday ...

Panel to vote on statewide smoking ban
WISH - January 19, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The idea of a statewide smoking ban could take a step forward on Wednesday.

A committee vote is expected on the legislation that would ban smoking in all public places except for casinos and cigar bars.

Similar legislation has failed four times over the past few years, but this year there seems to be support from both parties and Governor Mitch Daniels says he would sign it ...

What constitutes 'casino' for smoke ban exemption?
nwitimes.com - January 18, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS | Is a "casino" only the specific area where players wager on slot machines and table games? Or does it include the restaurants, bars, hotels and other facilities attached to the gaming area?

Those questions are likely to be the most significant ones facing the Indiana House Public Health Committee on Wednesday as it considers exempting casinos from a statewide indoor smoking ban.

An analysis by the nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency estimates Indiana could lose up to $194 million in annual gaming tax and casino admission revenue if smoking is banned in the state's casinos.

For Mike Smith, executive director of the Casino Association of Indiana, whose membership includes 11 Indiana casinos, any exemption for casinos has to include the total casino property.

"It's an entire entertainment venue," Smith said.

He told the committee last week it would be illogical and unfriendly to casino guests to permit smoking at a blackjack table but ban it at a restaurant table a few hundred feet away in the same building. ...

Smoking and casinos
Muncie Star Press - Rick Deneau - Jan 17, 2011

The current legislative debate over banning smoking in all public places except for casinos is outrageous. The justification for exempting casinos is the loss of revenues to the casinos and to the state.

Ontario, Canada, has several casinos and by law, they are all non smoking. They have outside smoking areas and smokers are free to smoke all they want, just not in the casino.

We visited the Caesars Casino in Windsor and were delighted by the smoke-free atmosphere, and we found no shortage of customers. We also visited the Casino in Niagara Falls, Canada, with the same result.

Both Casinos are beautiful, smoke free and were packed ...

Workplace smoking ban passes Council
Terre Haute City Council votes 9-0 in adopt new ordinance but puts off implementation until July 1, 2012
Terre Haute (IN) Tribune-Star, 2011-01-14
Arthur Foulkes The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Heeding calls to make the city “more progressive” and a healthier place to work, the Terre Haute City Council voted 9-0 Thursday night in favor of banning smoking in all indoor places of employment beginning in July 2012.

About 150 people – for and against the ordinance – packed the City Hall courtroom to take part in or listen to about two hours of public discussion prior to the council vote.

Just before approving the ordinance, the nine councilmen voted 8-1 to change the ordinance to make it take effect in about 18 months. The original version of the measure was set to take effect 30 days after passage.

“At first, we weren’t crazy about the idea” of making the ordinance take effect in July, 2012, said Carrie Evans, director of Vigo County Tobacco Prevention and Cessation, which backed the ordinance. “Because…people are getting sick now. People need to be protected. But then we began to realize that that was maybe the only way that it was going to happen,” she said, speaking after the vote ...

EDITORIAL: State wants to have it both ways on smoking ban
If something is bad for us, it's bad for us everywhere.
Fort Wayne(IN) News-Sentinel, 2011-01-14

Some public servants think people should be protected from their own dangerous behavior, forced by law to take precautions such as seat belts and motorcycle helmets. Others believe people should have the freedom to make mistakes if they are harming no one but themselves. Those are two completely different views of what government is and what it should do.

Except in Indiana, where we want to have it both ways. We require all passengers in vehicles to wear seat belts. But legislators don't even talk any longer about requiring helmets. That has created an intellectual incoherence that simply can't be defended.

Seat belts and helmets are exactly the same requirements for exactly the same reason. We should have both or neither to be logical and consistent.

Intellectual incoherence breeds intellectual incoherence. The legislature now seems to want to have it both ways on a statewide smoking ban.

The ban will be introduced in the General Assembly for the fourth year in a row. It has always passed the House but died in the Senate. This time around, most agree, it has a much better chance, and Gov. Mitch Daniels has said he will sign it if it passes ...

OUR VIEW: Casinos need to be all in on statewide smoking ban
Muncie (IN) Star-Press, 2011-01-14

If there were any doubts the gambling industry in Indiana was powerful, the latest actions in the legislature should put them to rest.

Lawmakers say they will exempt casinos from a proposed statewide smoking ban, and they say that's the only way such a needed law can clear the legislature.

The only reason casinos will be exempt is money. It's the latest example where money trumps public health and the health of casino workers.

Casinos (including horse racing tracks and off-track betting facilities) have long argued a smoking ban would hurt business. It's the same argument bar and tavern owners have made, but apparently their lobbying arm is not as powerful as gambling, so they are not exempt so far.

How much money? The nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency estimated about $180 million a year in taxes if gamblers are not able to smoke. Yes, that's a lot of money the state desperately needs ...

VIDEO: Terre Haute To Go Smoke Free
WTWO TV2 (Terre Haute, IN), 2011-01-14
Reported by: Elyse Evans

It's been a burning debate for Terre Haute residents, but now the city will have a smoking ban.

The City Council unanimously agreed tonight to make all Terre Haute workplaces smoke free.

"This is huge; I mean it has been six years of working on one form of legislation or another.

Carrie Evans is relieved. ...

Council hears non-smoking pleas
Brazil Times - Jason Jacobs - January 13, 2011

During the audience comments portion of Wednesday's Common Council of the City of Brazil, Clay County Tobacco Coalition Director Kandace Brown, along with 12 other individuals, addressed the issue of a potential smoking ban ordinance.

"This is a passionate and heated topic, but it is a common good issue for the community," St. Vincent Clay Hospital Administrator Jerry Laue said. "As a respiratory therapist, I have seen numerous health issues."

Brown initially suggested the ordinance, which would prohibit smoking in all workplaces, including restaurants, bars and private clubs, during the council's Nov. 10, 2010, meeting, and provided the council additional information, which she said would dispel the myths of economic failure in areas with similar ordinances.

One topic among many of the speakers was how employees are affected in establishments where smoking is allowed.

"While this ordinance would not directly affect Clay City, hopefully it would cause an expansion throughout the county," Clay City Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Sponsor Scott Stucky said. "We have some students working in establishments who are affected by the second-hand smoke." ...

Lawmakers say bill to ban smoking will exempt casinos
Indianapolis Star, Jan 13, 2011 | Associated Press

... Services Agency estimated that the state could lose more than $180 million a year if smoking is banned in casinos. Statewide smoking bans have been suggested for several years but ...

Smoking ban sparks heated debate
Reporter-Times - Monica Harvey - January 13, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS A bill that would ban smoking in public places and work sites produced heated debate before a committee of the Indiana House of Representatives ...

County smoking ban back on the table
South Bend Tribune - January 13, 2011

SOUTH BEND ­ Tobacco Free St. Joseph County plans to re-submit a proposal to expand the countywide smoking ban in time for the next County Council meeting ...

Some councilmen want ordinance now, others want to wait
Terre Haute Tribune Star - January 13, 2011

Still, even Morris indicated he might support a coordinated effort with the county government to ban smoking county wide. “I'd like to see the city and the ...

Change to smoking ban measure expected
Terre Haute Tribune Star - January 13, 2011

As it was originally written, the ordinance banned smoking in “vehicles owned, leased, or operated by the City of Terre Haute.” It also prohibited smoking ...

Is smoking ban worth gamble?
Evansville Courier & Press - Eric Bradner - January 12, 2011

Casino executives argued that a ban that extends only to their casino floors would not be enough. They said banning smoking in the bars, restaurants and ...

Casino Smoking Ban Could Cost State $190M a Year
93.1 WIBC Indianapolis - Eric Berman - January 12, 2011

Analysts base that forecast on studies of smoking bans in other states with legalized gambling, including a Federal Reserve study of Illinois. ...

County officials took first step, enacted ordinance in 2007
Terre Haute Tribune Star - January 13, 2011

The county ordinance does allow smoking in restaurants in special areas. It also exempts bars and taverns until July 1, 2012. County Attorney Robert L. ...

It's time to clear the air
Terre Haute Tribune Star, January 12, 2011

Change comes, and people and their communities adapt. Such adjustments have occurred in cities, counties and states throughout America that have enacted indoor smoking bans. Terre Haute would adjust, too.

On Thursday, the City Council is expected to act on a proposed ordinance prohibiting smoking in all indoor workplaces, including bars, restaurants and private clubs. Vigo County passed a weaker workplace smoking ban in 2006, but that law exempted restaurants with separately ventilated smoking rooms, bars and private clubs such as VFW and American Legion posts. The proposed city ordinance would eliminate those exceptions.

As in every town, county or state considering such a move, the taverns, restaurants and clubs contend a ban would dry up their customer base and potentially force them out of business. Numerous economic impact studies have concluded that clean indoor air laws don’t significantly harm businesses. There are also anecdotal reports that some bars and clubs do experience an early loss of foot traffic, but that drop in many cases levels off when customers who once avoided smoke-filled rooms begin showing up.

The less arguable point is that the health of employees and patrons ultimately improves. The overall health of Terre Hautians and Hoosiers is affected significantly by smoking. Indiana leads the nation in adult smoking, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control in 2010. Twenty-six percent of the state’s population above the age of 18 are smokers, including 41 percent of Indiana’s 18- to 24-year-olds. Smoking-related health-care costs are $2.6 billion per year, according to a study released last year by the American Lung Association. Four of every 10 nonsmokers are still exposed to secondhand smoke, the CDC says ...

Committee takes up smoking ban
Chicago Tribune - Deanna Martin - January 12, 2011

NDIANAPOLIS —
Indiana Senate leaders say a proposed statewide smoking ban must include an exemption for casinos.

Casinos say the ban would hurt their business, and one nonpartisan group estimated that the state could lose more than $180 million in gambling taxes.

Smoking bans have been suggested for several years but have died in the Senate. Senate President Pro Tem David Long of Fort Wayne said Wednesday that he may consider giving the bill a hearing this year if it exempts casinos. ...

Vanderburgh Co. smoking ban plan moves ahead
14WFIE.com - Rich Miller - January 12, 2011

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - The Vanderburgh County Commission has moved ahead with plans to put a county-wide smoking ban in effect.

Commissioners asked the county attorney to start drawing up the ordinance.

The ban would apply to all bars, restaurants and other public places in the county but not in the city ...

SMOKING BAN 2-DAY SERIES: 68 percent of bar employees against smoking ban
Terre Haute Tribune Star - January 12, 2011

TERRE HAUTE — A survey of Terre Haute bar employees found about two-thirds are against a proposed nonsmoking ordinance smoldering before the City Council.

Of 31 bar employees surveyed over the past five days at more than 20 different Terre Haute bars, 21 said they opposed the ordinance, which would ban smoking in all Terre Haute workplaces, including taverns and private clubs ...

Proposed smoking ban has veterans, fraternal organizations worried
Terre Haute Tribune Star - January 12, 2011

TERRE HAUTE — A proposed city smoking ban that would affect private clubs, including veterans and fraternal organizations, is generating much discussion in those Terre Haute establishments.

“It’s going to practically kill their business,” said John Julian Sr., club manager at the American Legion Post 346 in Terre Haute.

The proposed city ordinance would eliminate smoking in all workplaces, including bars, restaurants and private clubs ...

County Snuffs Out Smoking
WRTV Indianapolis - January 11, 2011

HENRY COUNTY, Ind. -- Smoking was officially snuffed out in Henry County this week.

The countywide smoking ban, adopted by county commissioners in November, means smokers can no longer light up in restaurants, bars in restaurants and places of employment, 6News' Stacia Matthews reported.

The change caught some customers at Stack's Pancake House, a local favorite in New Castle, off guard Tuesday. ...

Bar owners opposed to no-smoking rule voice their concerns
Terre Haute Tribune Star - January 11, 2011

TERRE HAUTE — Several Terre Haute tavern owners are circling their wagons ahead of consideration Thursday of a possible ban of smoking in all city workplaces.

About two dozen tavern owners or their representatives gathered Monday afternoon at Ambrosini’s on Wabash Avenue to discuss the possible ban.

Many spoke against the move, which would prohibit smoking in all Terre Haute places of employment, including bars. ...

Smoking ban starts; businesses steamed
Gary Post Tribune - Carrie Napoleon - January 11, 2011

LOWELL -- Just nine days after the town's controversial smoking ban went into effect, business owners are saying the negative impact is jeopardizing their futures.

An angry group of business owners addressed the town council Monday with their concerns. Martha Vazquez Boezman, owner of Country Lanes Inc., said so far this year she has lost $3,000 in revenues due to the smoking ban. She said she has also lost 30 pairs of bowling shoes after people have worn the shoes outside to go smoke.

"Ninety percent of my bowlers are smokers. You're killing me," she said.

Vazquez Boezman said she is concerned about making payroll and meeting her $12,500 monthly mortgage and $5,000 NIPSCO bill ...

Hearing on Indiana smoking ban scheduled for Wednesday
Louisville Courier-Journal - January 7, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana House Health Committee will take testimony Wednesday on legislation that would impose a comprehensive, statewide smoking ban.

House Bill 1018, authored by state Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, would ban smoking in all workplaces, including bars, restaurants and casinos.

The committee will meet after the House adjourns on Wednesday, probably sometime after 3 p.m. The meeting will be in the House chamber. The bill is available at www.in.gov/legislative. ...

Council debates snuffing out smoking
Terre Haute Tribune Star - January 7, 2011

TERRE HAUTE — A battle over a measure that would ban smoking in all Terre Haute workplaces had supporters and opponents fired up Thursday night in City Hall.

At the sunshine meeting of the City Council, about 20 people spoke for or against the ordinance, which would eliminate smoking in all workplaces, even bars, restaurants and private clubs.

At times, emotions ran high as some argued that all employees in Terre Haute have a right to breathe clean air while others argued for protecting personal choice from government regulation.

“We live in a civil society,” said Carrie Evans, program director for Vigo County Tobacco Prevention and Cessation. There are laws requiring restaurants to maintain health standards. Why not have laws to protect restaurant and bar employees from secondhand smoke? she asked. “Your rights [to smoke] end where my nose begins.”

Those speaking against the ordinance, which was introduced by Councilman Rich Dunkin, D-1st, included representatives of veterans organizations, such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars, who said their clubs are private, not public. ...

City council swears in new president
WTHI - January 7, 2011

Mullican says he is excited to work with the public on such things as the smoking ban. That vote will hopefully take place next month. ...

Council members should vote for ban
News-Leader.com - January 7, 2011

Councilman Bailes wishes, "to hear more from his constituency before supporting or opposing" the smoking ban in Springfield News-Leader, Dec. ...

Statewide smoking ban gains support in Indiana
Louisville Courier-Journal - Lesley Stedman Weidenbener - January 6, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS — Support is building to make Indiana the 34th state in the nation to impose some kind of state-wide smoking ban, although questions remain about whether to exempt some businesses, including casinos and bars.

Forty cities, towns and counties in Indiana have imposed bans of varying reach, and supporters say they think 2011 could be the year the General Assembly passes a statewide restriction.

“With each passing year the public is more interested in this legislation,” said state Rep. Eric Turner, R-Marion. “And we’re kind of behind the curve. When I travel to other states and visit a sports bar to watch a game, there’s nobody smoking there.” ...

City Council eyes workplace smoking ban
Measure eliminating smoking in bars, private clubs to be introduced tonight
Terre Haute Tribune Star - January 6, 2011

TERRE HAUTE — Banning smoking in all indoor workplaces in the city is an idea coming before the Terre Haute City Council tonight.

Councilman Rich Dunkin, D-1st, will introduce an ordinance that would ban smoking in all workplaces in the city, including bars and private clubs such as American Legion posts.

In 2006, the Vigo County Commissioners banned smoking in all Vigo County workplaces. However, their ordinance allowed smoking in restaurants with separately ventilated smoking rooms and also in bars. The proposed city ordinance would eliminate both of those exceptions.

“We have a county-wide ordinance which does great at protecting” people who work in offices and factories, said Carrie Evans, program director for Vigo County Tobacco Prevention and Cessation. “But we don’t have protection for these vulnerable workers” who are employed at bars and restaurants, she said.

“It really is a social justice issue,” Evans said. “These people are not protected yet they are the ones who are most vulnerable,” often without insurance. “We just need across the board protection for all workers, period.” ...

Deadline not met for St. Joseph County smoking ban to be revisited
WNDU-TV - Sarah Rodts - January 5, 2011

It looks like plans to rekindle St. Joseph County's smoking ban debate have burned out until at least next month.

Wednesday was the deadline to present the proposal to change the ordinance, and business hours passed with no proposal. Neither the group "Tobacco Free St. Joseph County" nor the councilman who agreed to sponsor the measure have said why they missed the deadline. Their intent was to file today. ...

St. Joe County smoking ban debate resurfaces
WNDU-TV - Sarah Rodts - January 5, 2011

It looks like the debate over the possible expansion of St. Joseph County's smoking ban is about to get start again.

The proposed ordinance that mainly seeks to ban smoking in bars and private clubs has been tweaked. County Council discussions in December brought concerns that the measure would have banned smoking outdoors at Notre Dame tailgate parties ...

Chesteron [sic] sets meeting on anti-smoking law
Gary Post Tribune - Charles M. Bartholomew - December 7, 2010

CHESTERTON -- The Town Council has scheduled a public workshop to discuss proposals for an anti-smoking ordinance next week.

Councilwoman Sharon Darnell called for the workshop, which was set for approximately 5:15 p.m. Monday following interviews with applicants for 2011 Town Board appointments.

Darnell has previously reported "overwhelming support" for some kind of smoking ban in comments on the issue directed to her.

The Monday night agenda was the fourth in a row to list "Smoke Free Town" for discussion. ...

Vote on St. Joe County smoking ban delayed
South Bend Tribune - Erin Blasko - December 2, 2010

Tobacco Free St. Joseph County has withdrawn a proposal to expand the countywide smoking ban to include bars and restaurants — but only temporarily.

The organization did so last week at the recommendation of county attorney Mike Trippel, who expressed concern about language in it describing the distance at which smoking shall be allowed outside of non-smoking buildings.

"Their attorney felt we needed to be more concise about buildings vs. grounds," said Jill Sabo, executive director of Tobacco Free St. Joseph County. ...

Still smoking in Indy: Let them know we want clean air
Indianapolis Star, Nov 29, 2010

This Thanksgiving weekend I have family visiting from Illinois and Ohio, two of the 28 states that already have comprehensive workplace smoking bans. Inevitably, I will get the question "Why isn't Indy smoke free?"

The U.S. Surgeon General's 2006 report states, "There is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke" and workers exposed to secondhand smoke are 50 percent more likely to develop lung cancer than the general population. Numerous studies have shown that smoke-free policies do not hurt the hospitality industry and in some cases even improve business. With information like this, it makes it hard to answer the question, "Why isn't Indy smoke free?" ...

Listen to constituents and pass a smoke-free law
Indianapolis Star, Nov 27, 2010

Earlier this month, voters turned out in force to vote for change. We can only hope that our own City-County Council and Mayor Greg Ballard were listening. Among the causes championed by voters were smoke-free initiatives in South Dakota, Missouri, Texas and North Dakota. In South Dakota, voters expanded a statewide smoke-free law to include all bars and restaurants by a resounding 65-35 margin. Likewise, voters in Jefferson City, Mo., Fulton, Mo., Devil's Lake, N.D., and San Angelo, Texas, passed smoke-free laws.

Voters and lawmakers in other cities realize what our politicians don't -- that keeping people safe from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke saves lives and money. In a recent study of two Mississippi communities that enacted smoke-free laws, there was a 13 percent decline in hospital admissions for heart attacks, with an estimated savings of $2.5 million. Those studies follow a 2009 American Heart Association study that showed a 17 percent decrease in heart attacks in the first year smoke-free laws were enacted ...

The facts show danger's in the air
Indianapolis Star, Nov 27, 2010

If facts were the sole factor behind legislative decisions, Indiana would have joined its neighbors in banning smoking in public places long ago.

Research has helped build momentum for change, however; and the latest information ought to make it that much more difficult for state and Indianapolis lawmakers to drag their feet.

According to a study sponsored by the Swedish government and Bloomberg Philanthropies, secondhand smoke kills more than 600,000 people worldwide every year.

In the first global look at the phenomenon, scientists found 40 percent of children and nearly one-third of nonsmoking adults regularly breathe secondhand smoke ...

EDITORIAL: Statewide smoking ban is overdue
Indianapolis Business Journal - Nov 27, 2010

The scientific evidence has been there for years. The financial argument is easy to make. Yet the idea of protecting the public from the potentially deadly effects of secondhand smoke hasn’t caught fire in the halls of power—at least that’s been the case in Indiana.

While 27 other states and cities large and small across the country have stepped up to protect the public’s health by outlawing smoking just about everywhere except private homes and the great outdoors, Indiana and its largest city have failed to act.

The state hasn’t done anything. In Indianapolis, the partial smoking ban that went into effect in 2006 was a good start, but the city’s bars and some of its restaurants are still thick with smoke. Mayor Greg Ballard’s reluctance to get behind a stronger ordinance is a black eye for a city trying to become a magnet for life sciences workers and conventions ...

Public input will be sought on Chesterton smoking ban
Gary Post Tribune - Charles M. Bartholomew - November 23, 2010

CHESTERTON -- Even though no discussion of smoking regulations or anti-smoking proposals took place under "Smoke Free Town" Monday night, town officials promised that the public will have a chance to review any ordinance that is submitted by town attorney Charles Lukmann.

With Councilwoman Sharon Darnell, who has said she's getting overwhelming support for a smoking ban in restaurants and businesses, absent because of an illness, Councilman James Ton said, "One of the difficulties is that the issue is so nebulous. All of the things I'm hearing are based on supposition." ...

Ugly choices ahead for Indiana lawmakers
Chesterton Tribune - Paulene Poparad - November 22, 2010

...The chamber supports a total ban on smoking in the workplace but opposes any health-care mandates or assignment of benefits. ...

Smoking ban to committee Tuesday
WNDU-TV - Mark Peterson - November 22, 2010

Tomorrow members of the St. Joseph County Council will start considering a possible smoking ban for bars.

On Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., the measure will go before the council’s Human Services Committee

The proposed barroom ban appears headed for a public hearing and final vote before the full council on December 7th.

“I get a strong sense that this is going to go very quickly, I think that, you know, we, there’s no sense of wanting to delay it or anything, we don't want to drag this out,” said Human Services Committee Chairman Michael Hamman, (D) District A. “Three years ago, I think it was the council spent a long time on this, so I think that they want to move very quickly on this.”

In 2006, council members did pass a smoking ban that left bars exempt, or at least those bars that declared themselves off limits to minors ...

Is A Fifth Time The Charm For A Statewide Smoking Ban?
Indiana's NewsCenter - Scott Sarvay - November 17, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS (Indiana's NewsCenter) - A statewide ban on smoking appears to have its best shot at being okayed by the General Assembly after four successive failed attempts.

State Representative Charlie Brown from Gary says he will offer a bill in January that would prohibit public smoking without an exemption for any establishment ...

Legislator: Statewide smoking ban could pass in 2011
Indianapolis Business Journal - November 15, 2010

A statewide ban on smoking in all public places might have the momentum it needs to finally pass the Indiana General Assembly in 2011 after four unsuccessful attempts.

State Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, said last week he will offer a bill in the coming legislative session that would ban public smoking without an exemption for any establishment.

There are indications, he said, that the issue has “a stronger possibility of passing” the Senate than it did this year, when a similar bill—laden by numerous exemptions tacked on in the House—failed to get a committee hearing. ...

Tougher ban needed
Muncie Star Press - James A. Fisher - November 15, 2010

I hope the city and county councils will be stalwart and firm in guiding the city and county to a real and sustainable policy that prohibits smoking in public places -- all public places -- including all restaurants, bars and pubs.

Muncie and Indiana must get with the times. This is not an issue of states' rights or impinging on individual freedoms. It is an issue of public health. The overwhelming factual evidence of the dangers and costs associated with smoking and second-hand smoke trump the arguments and unfounded fears of how an evenly-applied no-smoking law will hurt business.

It is fact that all of the cities and states that have implemented such policies and laws are not experiencing the loss of business to restaurants, bars and pubs. Most have found that there is more business when these laws are instituted because more people who do not smoke tend to patronize these businesses and bring their families ...

Workplace should be smoke free, survey says
The Paper of Montgomery County (IN), 2010-11-12
Candice Rohrman Reporter

While smoking is allowed in numerous places in Montgomery County, many of the county's residents think smoking should be banned in the workplace, according to a recent student done by Indiana University-Purdue University (IUPUI).

The Montgomery County Smoke Free Public Opinion Survey discovered that 64 percent of the adults in Montgomery County would support an ordinance banning smoking from all workplaces, including bars and restaurants. This is a 12 percent increase from the 2006 study.

The survey focused on three main issues: public health, workplace issues and support for smoke-free workplaces. ...

Verbatim: Indiana anti-smoking advocate honored
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette (blog) - November 12, 2010

Tuesday night, at the Alcohol Tobacco & Other Drugs (ATOD) section’s 25th Anniversary awards event Karla Sneegas, Executive Director of the Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Agency (ITPC), received the prestigious John D. Slade, MD, Memorial Advocacy Award. The award acknowledges the work of an individual who has demonstrated leadership, resourcefulness and passion in organizing and completing a policy related campaign in the ATOD field.

“I am truly humbled and honored to receive this year’s advocacy award. John was a world-renowned tobacco control researcher, but his passion for advocacy work is what I remember most,” said Sneegas.

The awards event was part of the American Public Health Association’s 138th Annual Meeting & Exposition: Social Justice, held November 6 -10 in Denver, Colorado. Each year groundbreaking health data is released during the APHA annual meeting. This year’s meeting charged each participant to become primary advocates in their communities, educating on social health issues ...

Henry County smoking ordinance adopted
Muncie (IN) Star-Press, 2010-11-11
ANDREW WALKER

NEW CASTLE -- Henry County commissioners on Wednesday night unanimously approved a countywide ordinance prohibiting smoking in all public places with the exception of bars, bingo halls and private clubs that meet certain requirements.

The new ordinance, which goes into effect Jan. 11, met with little to no reaction from about 50 members of the public who attended Wednesday night's meeting at the Henry County Courthouse. ...

St. Joseph County smoking ban could expand
South Bend Tribune - Erin Blasko - November 10, 2010

SOUTH BEND — Bar patrons in St. Joseph County who want to light up might soon be asked to step outside.

On Tuesday, County Council member Mike Kruk, D-District E, introduced a proposal to expand the countywide smoking ban to include bars and restaurants.

Currently, both types of establishments are exempt from the ban under certain conditions.

"I believe all employees have a right to go to work in a healthy environment," said Kruk, citing the health hazards associated with exposure to second-hand smoke, including increased risk of lung and other cancers. ...

Lowell smoke ban law, but debate smolders
Gary Post Tribune - Carrie Napoleon - November 9, 2010

LOWELL -- Councilman Donald Huseman, R-1st, is still fuming about the recently passed clean air ordinance.

On Monday he again asked the Democratic majority if they would consider talking about exemptions for the comprehensive smoking ban.

"I have to bring up the clean air ordinance again," Huseman said, adding the officials have opened a "can of worms" by passing such a comprehensive smoking ban without any exemptions.

Huseman said the Moose Lodge has told him they will no longer be making donations to the Police Department or the town. He said the American Legion, where he is a member, has asked him to carry a message to the council that they too are "very upset." ...

Chesterton ponders smoking ordinance
Gary Post Tribune - Charles M. Bartholomew - November 9, 2010

CHESTERTON -- Two town council members made it clear Monday night that a storm is brewing over the issue of whether the town should go smoke-free.

There were only two people in the audience even though the issue has been listed on the agenda for the past two meetings. Resident Paul Tharp had urged the council at the previous meeting not even to take up the matter, since the percentage of smokers is "insignificant" and getting smaller all the time. ...

Henry County could soon make decision on smoking ban
Muncie Star Press - Andrew Walker - November 8, 2010

NEW CASTLE -- Jeff Viars looks over the Sunday crowd captivated by the Indianapolis Colts game and sees 30 solid customers, capping off another successful weekend at Scooter's Bar and Grill.

Some customers are regulars, while at least a couple others are out-of-towners, from nearby Greenfield.

"They come over here because they're adopted a smoking ban over there in Hancock County," Viars said.

Hancock County in March 2009 adopted a full smoking ban ordinance that prohibited smoking in all businesses, including bars and private clubs.

This, according to Viars, put "just about every tavern in Hancock County out of business," and come Wednesday night, if county commissioners pass a full smoking ban, Viars fears Henry County will go down a similar path ...

Quit dragging heels over smoke-free workplaces
Indianapolis Star - November 5, 2010

I am writing on behalf of my organization and the people we serve to express my 100 percent support for a comprehensive smoke-free workplace law that protects every employee from on-the-job exposure to secondhand smoke. Many hospitality workers, such as bartenders and wait staff, have been overlooked and left behind with a smoke-free law that covers only some workplaces but not others.

Secondhand smoke is just as serious a health risk whether the exposure comes in an office, a factory, a restaurant, a bowling alley or a bar. All workers of Indianapolis are equally deserving of a smoke-free workplace, and nobody should have to choose between his health and a paycheck.

This should be a top priority for local policymakers and the Indiana General Assembly next session ...

Right to smoke-free air
Muncie Star Press - November 4, 2010

The Tobacco Free Coalition of Delaware County supports the protection of all workers from the dangers of secondhand smoke.

A person has a right to smoke, but not the right to affect the health of the people around them. For every eight smokers who die from smoking-related-illnesses, one nonsmoker dies, as well. In Indiana, about 1,200 deaths are attributable to secondhand smoke breathed by nonsmokers who lived or worked with someone who smokes. Exposure to secondhand smoke is not a rights issue, but a public health emergency.

The economic burden of tobacco-related illnesses is costing Delaware County taxpayers dearly. Indiana spends more than $2 billion on medical costs related to smoking. For every pack of cigarettes sold in Indiana, Hoosier taxpayers are spending $7.57 in health-care costs related to smoking. So even if a taxpayer in Delaware County has never smoked a cigarette, they are paying for the health-care cost of someone who does ...

Lack of smoking ban killing Hoosiers
South Bend Tribune - Richard Feldman - November 2, 2010

While serving in government, I learned to never expect a politician to do the right thing because it's the right thing to do. In recent years, that expectation has been validated by lawmakers failing to pass a comprehensive smoke-free statute at the Indiana General Assembly.

Those who voted against these measures failed their constituents and the public's health either due to self-interest or misguided ideology. They ignored the myriad of independent scientific studies and the Surgeon General's Reports of 1986 and 2006 that incriminate secondhand tobacco smoke as a serious health hazard. They disregarded the fact that as America's No. 1 airborne carcinogen, it is the third leading cause of premature death.

They supported bar owners droning on that a smoke-free statute would destroy their businesses despite the fact that abundant studies conducted in at least 13 states, including Indiana, indubitably prove that smoke-free laws do not harm restaurant and bar revenues. My goodness, the pubs in Ireland are now smoke-free, and even they are doing fine ...

USI becomes tobacco-free in July 2011
Evansville (IN) Courier & Press, 2010-11-01
Jared Council * Evansville Courier & Press

The University of Southern Indiana officially announced a policy that will make the campus tobacco-free beginning in July 2011.

“This new policy is a step forward in providing a clean, healthy working and learning environment for everyone in the campus community,” President Linda Bennett said in a news release.

Come July, people who wish to smoke or use other tobacco products many only do so in their vehicles or in designated places in the student housing area. ...

Fresh voices on tobacco panel
South Bend Tribune - Erica Morrison - October 29, 2010

MISHAWAKA — Waitresses, bartenders, hostesses and busboys deserve the right to a smoke-free workplace is the message Tobacco Free St. Joseph County wants to relay.

Grass-roots advocates and Tobacco Free members gathered Thursday night at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center for a town hall meeting to discuss the adoption of a comprehensive smoke-free ordinance that protects employees from secondhand smoke in all workplaces including restaurants and bars.

The panel featured speakers who provided scientific facts and statistics. But it also featured fresh perspectives of a musician, and human resources and sales and marketing executives ...

OUR VIEW: It's time for county to enact a tougher smoking ban
Muncie Star Press - October 21, 2010

Delaware County's partial ban on smoking in public places has been a partial success. Enacted in 2006 by the commissioners, the ban extends to all public work places with the exception of bars, truck stops and some fraternal organizations and bingo halls.

Although most of the evidence is anecdotal, the ban has made dining out more enjoyable for many restaurant patrons, and it's helped preserve the health of restaurant staff who once put their well-being -- even their lives -- at risk just to collect a paycheck or refill a coffee cup.

Yet statistics still rank Delaware County near the bottom of the state in terms of overall health.

True, smoking is just one of many factors, but it's one that has a major impact on overall health and it's one government can do something about.

Thus, the Delaware County Commissioners are urged to support a proposed ordinance to widen the workplace smoking ban ...

Time for a smoke-free Vigo?
Yes, say panelists at town hall meeting
Terre Haute (IN) Tribune-Star, 2010-10-20
Howard Greninger The Tribune-Star

It's time for Indiana to go smoke-free in workplaces and public areas, panelists contended Wednesday during a town hall meeting of the Vigo County Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Coalition.

"Most of the country has a smoke-free workplace law that covers all workplaces including bars and restaurants," Tim Filler, a policy advocacy consultant for the coalition, said at the Booker T. Washington Community Center in Terre Haute.

"We are becoming an island even within the upper Midwest … Ohio, Michigan and Illinois, all have smoke-free workplace laws that includes bars. Illinois covers casinos also, so there is no reason we should not have a law that covers our workers, too," Filler said.

Late next week, the Indiana General Assembly's Health Finance Commission, Filler said, is expected to stage its last scheduled meeting of the year and could recommend a statewide smoke-free workplace law. ...

Meeting answers questions about smoking
Indiana Statesman (Indiana State U.), 2010-10-20

A town hall meeting was held last night to address a possible smoking ban for businesses in the city of Terre Haute.

The meeting was held at the Booker T. Washington Community Center, located on South 13th Street, and both WTHI and WTWO Terre Haute news stations were present and filming the meeting.

Kevin Orpurt, meteorologist for WTHI, moderated the meeting.

The panel consisted of Tim Filler, Dr. Rander Stevens, Tom Hellman, Kandace Brown and Diane Dierks, all of whom have ties with Terre Haute and surrounding counties such as Clay and Sullivan.

There was wide support for a city-wide ban on smoking in the workplace in Terre Haute, and in Indiana as well. ...

Smoking could be key point in Lowell vote
Gary Post Tribune - Carrie Napoleon - October 20, 2010

LOWELL -- The town's newly approved clean air ordinance is looming as an issue in the Nov. 2 town election.

Councilman Shane Tucker, D-2nd, who voted in favor of the ordinance, is facing off against first-time Republican challenger Robert Philpot, a vocal opponent of the measure. ...

USI considers tobacco-free campus
Evansville Courier & Press - Jared Council - October 19, 2010

The University of Southern Indiana is moving to institute new smoking restrictions that might comprise a campuswide smoking ban, according to university officials and the campus newspaper.

"The policy is under review by the university," said Vice President Cindy Brinker. "At this point, we have not made any announcement in terms of what the policy will be." ...

Delaware County officials eyeing more restrictive smoking ban
The commissioners said they could see both sides in the smoking ban debate, while a local tavern owner said a wider ban would cause bars to shut down.
Muncie (IN) Star-Press, 2010-10-19
KEITH ROYSDON

MUNCIE -- Will Delaware County's four-year-old ban on smoking in restaurants be extended to bars and taverns?

The Delaware County commissioners said Monday they aren't yet sold on a proposal to widen the county's workplace smoking ban.

The ban enacted by a previous board of commissioners in 2006 took smoking out of most public places, like restaurants, but let smokers continue to light up in bars and taverns -- which cater to the 21-and-older crowd -- as well as truck stops and bingo halls.

The county health board last week said it would forward to the commissioners a more restrictive ban that would presumably include some of those businesses that have been exempted for the past four years. ...

Health Board proposes total ban on smoking in workplace
Muncie Star Press - Seth Slabaugh - October 15, 2010

MUNCIE -- The Delaware County Health Board on Thursday night asked its attorney to draft a comprehensive, county-wide smoking ban ordinance for consideration at the board's next meeting.

The action was prompted in part by a Sept. 23 town hall meeting on tobacco control and clean indoor air, attended by 57 people.

If the proposed ordinance were approved by the health board, it still would have to be enacted by the county commissioners before it could go into effect.

Four years ago, the commissioners enacted a county-wide smoking ban that excluded taverns, Interstate 69 truck stops and bingo halls that became private clubs that bingo players could join.

Cecilia Williams, program coordinator of the Tobacco Free Coalition of Delaware County, quoted Dr. Jeffery Byrd, chief medical officer at Ball Memorial Hospital, as saying during the town hall meeting that tobacco and childhood obesity were the top priorities among primary care physicians ...

Vanderburgh County Council, County Commissioner candidates mix it up in debate
Evansville Courier & Press - Thomas B. Langhorne - October 14, 2010

Taylor used strong language in calling for a very tough smoking ban to remedy what he called "the damage done by tobacco" in Vanderburgh County. ...

Smoking precedent still set in Bloomington
Indiana Daily Student - Jillian Miers - October 13, 2010

Remember the days of smoking and nonsmoking sections in restaurants? Those days are six years past since the beginning of smoke-free air policies.

Bloomington was the first city to pass a comprehensive smoking ban in Indiana. The city council passed the smoke-free ordinance in 2004.

In 2005, with the addition of a county-wide ban, all bars and restaurants were prohibited from allowing smoking.

“Bloomington is a progressive city, and people wanted to be healthy,” Health Projects Coordinator for Bloomington Nancy Woolery said ...

Activists seeking to expand county smoking ban
South Bend Tribune - October 13, 2010

Grass-roots advocates from St. Joseph County and members of Tobacco Free St. Joseph County will gather in Mishawaka at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 28 to call for the adoption of a comprehensive smoke-free workplace ordinance that protects employees from exposure to secondhand smoke in all enclosed workplaces in St. Joseph County, including all restaurants and bars.

Concerned residents are encouraged to attend the town hall meeting at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, 5215 Holy Cross Parkway, Mishawaka ...

Council mulls enactment of smokefree workplace ordinance
Chesterton Tribune - Kevin Nevers - October 12, 2010

The Town of Chesterton—or at least its workplaces—could be going smoke-free.

At its meeting Monday night, the Town Council agreed by a 4-0 vote to instruct Town Attorney Chuck Lukmann to draft a smoke-free ordinance.

Member Sharon Darnell, D-4th, a proponent of such an ordinance, was not in attendance.

The move comes a month after Patricia Carlisle urged the council from the floor to make Chesterton smoke-free, an initiative in keeping with the soon-to-be-approved new Comprehensive Plan and Downtown Overlay and with Chesterton’s general interest in the promotion of a “high quality of life, healthy living, strong community values, and economic development,” she said at the time.

Carlisle added that 28,832 communities in the U.S.—comprising nearly 80 percent of the population—have gone smoke-free in all workplaces—and that doing so in Chesterton would protect residents, visitors, and children from the dangers of second-hand smoke ...

Henry County considering smoking ban
Fox 59 (Indiana) - Oct 11, 2010

New Castle, Ind. — The Henry County Health Department is trying to stamp out smoking. An ordinance that would ban smoking in public buildings will be presented to county commissioners during a meeting Wednesday evening.

If the law passes, bars, restaurants and retail stores would all be affected. ...

Survey: Rural Communities Favor Smoke-Free Workplace Law
93.1 WIBC Indianapolis - Don Riley - October 8, 2010

The results of a new public opinion survey were released Thursday gauging support in rural communities for a comprehensive smoke-free workplace law.

2,500 people were included in the phone survey conducted by IUPUI in Clay, Lawrence, Montgomery and Warren counties.

Miranda Spitznagle with Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation says the key finding is that 66 percent of rural Indiana adults support an ordinance prohibiting smoking at all work places in their county.

The survey also showed 59 percent of the respondents think secondhand smoke is a health hazard. ...

Lowell smoking fallout slowly settles over town
Gary Post Tribune - Carrie Napoleon - September 29, 2010

LOWELL -- As word of the newly approved clean air ordinance that takes effect Jan. 2 made its way around town Tuesday, reaction from the business community appeared to be mixed.

The town council approved the comprehensive clean air ordinance 4-1 on Monday after months of often charged debate among residents and business owners who attended multiple public work sessions and town council meetings where the measure was discussed ...

Quickly Neighbors
Gary Post Tribune - September 29, 2010

They should be passing a smoking ban like Lowell did. That is good for everyone. Kankakee Valley doesn't have the money to staff its new school because our ...

Town council passes tough smoking ban
Gary Post Tribune - Carrie Napoleon - September 28, 2010

LOWELL-- Residents here will be able to breathe a little easier come Jan. 2.

Monday the town council approved a comprehensive clean air ordinance that prohibits smoking in all public places -- including bars and private clubs -- within town limits by a 4-1 vote to the applause of about half the filled council chambers.

Councilman Donald Huseman remained the lone no vote against the measure.

Lowell joins Crown Point and Valparaiso as one of three communities in Northwest Indiana to enact a clean air ordinance. The town's ordinance, which takes effect Jan. 2, is the most comprehensive of the three ...

Lake County workers say smoking ban's a joke
Gary Post Tribune - Jerry Davich - September 24, 2010

After more than a decade, Deborah Thill is still smoldering about second-hand smoke at the Lake County Government Center.

Thill, a worker inside that Crown Point building for 14 years, has been fighting for a smoking ban there since day one, it seems.

"We already have sick-building syndrome as it is with the government center. And everybody knows there is no safe level of smoke inhalation for nonsmokers," she said.

That building was supposed to fall under the city's smoking ban, enacted in 2008, but it lasted only a couple of weeks before workers and visitors were puffing away like chimneys again. County officials then arranged for a designated smoking area inside the cafeteria.

More than a decade earlier, county officials banned indiscriminate smoking in all government buildings. It didn't stop it from happening, though, especially at the Crown Point center, which is infamous for its lack of enforcement.

"It's a joke here," said Thill, who claims the building's ventilation system does nothing to disperse toxic cigarette smoke. ...

Clean air meeting
Muncie Star Press - September 23, 2010

The Clean Indoor Air Town Hall Planning Committee encourages Delaware County residents and business owners to attend a town hall meeting tonight to discuss the importance of a comprehensive clean indoor air law for Delaware County. The event will be at the Kennedy Library Community Room from 7 to 8 p.m.

The purpose is to discuss the importance of a clean indoor air law for all workplaces in Delaware County and to make people aware that the current ordinance in Delaware County does not protect all workers. ...

Smoking ban removed from park board meeting agenda
Palladium-Item - Bill Engle - September 21, 2010

The Richmond Parks and Recreation Department Board of Directors this week will not consider a proposed ban on smoking in city parks and at events sponsored by the park department.

The park board meets at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Park Administration Building in Glen Miller Park. But the city’s law department has pulled the proposed smoking ban from the agenda.

“At this point we’re still looking into it,” said assistant city attorney Kim Vessels.
Vessels could not say when the proposal would come back to the park board.

It was proposed in August but park board members had several questions about the extent of the proposed ban. Park superintendent Bill Thistlethwaite said the initial request for some type of smoking ban came from Mayor Sally Hutton, who asked that the ban be extended to all youth events and to playgrounds in city parks ...

No exemptions offered to Lowell smoking ban
BY CARRIE NAPOLEON, POST-TRIBUNE CORRESPONDENT
Post-Tribune, September 14, 2010

LOWELL -- Whether or not a proposed clean air ordinance would have any exemptions became a question Monday for one councilman. Councilman Donald Huseman asked fellow council members at the end of the meeting if they planned to discuss the smo...

Lowell council likely to pass smoking ban
Post-Tribune, Sep 12, 2010
BY CARRIE NAPOLEON, POST-TRIBUNE CORRESPONDENT

LOWELL -- Officials expect to approve a final version of the town's clean air ordinance at one of this month's Town Council meetings. The ordinance would go into effect Jan. 1. However, the final shape of that ordinance still could change. …

TRIBUNE-STAR EDITORIAL: Why wait to clear the air?
Terre Haute Tribune Star - September 9, 2010

TERRE HAUTE — Something kind of remarkable occurred last week in Terre Haute when the owners of two popular bars voluntarily took their establishments smoke-free. No government entity forced Jay Knott and Connie Wrin to ban smoking inside the Ballyhoo and the Verve. The veteran business operators chose to do the smart — and right — thing.

Knott, who went smoke-free first, said he was responding to the wishes of his clientele, primarily college students who don’t like to bathe in their own or someone else’s cigarette smoke, especially while they eat. Wrin said she had been considering such a move for some time because she’s had complaints about the Verve’s indoor air quality from customers who quit coming to the Wabash Avenue night club and from touring band members who can’t believe Terre Haute (and Vigo County) still allow smoking in publicly used spaces. The Ballyhoo’s decision “inspired” her, she said.

Wrin is a smoker, but believes the county’s partial ban on indoor smoking — restaurants must provide separate smoking rooms or operate smoke-free; bars are exempt — should be tightened. She said she hoped others would join her and Knott.

“I think it would be great if all the bars would rally around this idea and just do it. Then it would no longer be a decision of [government], it becomes a choice that we made,” she said ...

Smoking-ban fight enters Round 4
Indianapolis Star, Sep 9, 2010 | By Will Higgins

Anti-smoking advocates -- winless in three tries at a statewide ban -- are back at the Indiana Statehouse for a fourth try.

And this time, they say, things are different.

In the past year, four more states have passed anti-smoking laws, including Indiana's Midwestern neighbors Wisconsin and Michigan.

With Ohio and Illinois previously having passed statewide bans, that makes Indiana a "smoky island," in the words of Danielle Patterson, director of government relations for the American Heart Association.

Patterson, who also is chairwoman of the Indiana Campaign for Smokefree Air, on Wednesday stood with Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, who vowed to pursue a fourth go-round.

"This is a major health issue," Brown said, "and I have to keep pushing." ...

Everyone else is doing it; why not Indiana
Indianapolis Star, Sep 9, 2010

Since the beginning of the year, many cities and states have passed comprehensive tobacco-free laws. North Carolina, the nation's leading tobacco-producing state and the home of R.J. Reynolds, the country's second-largest cigarette manufacturer, went smoke free in January, and more than eight months later the concerns predicted for the financial loss to the restaurant and bar industry never materialized. Why can't Indiana?

The hazards of secondhand smoke are indisputable and there is no substantial evidence that show smoke-free laws have a negative impact on businesses ...

Advocates renew push for statewide smoking ban
Indianapolis Business Journal - September 8, 2010

Advocates and lawmakers once again have started a campaign to ban smoking from all public places in Indiana, and this year, they think they will finally be successful

State Reps. Charlie Brown (D-Gary) and Eric Turner (R-Cicero) joined members of the Indiana Campaign for Smokefree Air on Wednesday to announce legislation for a comprehensive ban they plan to introduce next year. They were joined by Indiana Sen. Sue Errington (D-Muncie), who plans to push for the law in the Senate, where it has failed to get a hearing in the past.

Their message was followed by a hearing of the Indiana Health Finance Commission, which took testimony on the issue.

Indiana is among 11 states without a statewide law prohibiting smoking in public establishments. About 1-in-4 adult Hoosiers smoke, higher than the national average of about 1-in-5.

Some Indiana cities, such as Fort Wayne, have bans in all workplaces. Others, such as Indianapolis, ban smoking in most workplaces, but make some exceptions for bars, bowling alleys and private clubs.

A proposal for a stronger ban was tabled by the Indianapolis City-County Council last year.

It will be Brown’s fourth attempt to implement a full workplace ban, which would include restaurants and bars, and he said he’s confident that it can pass this year. ...

Smokefree workplace advocates gather at Statehouse
Indianapolis Star, Sep 8, 2010 | By Will Higgins will.higgins@indystar.com

Supporters seeking a comprehensive smokefree air law are at the Indiana Statehouse today for a hearing before the Health Finance Commission.

In a press conference before the hearing began, members of Indiana Campaign for Smokefree Air discussed previous attempts to create a law against smoking in the state in public places. The statewide coalition represents more than 400 organizations "committed to protecting all workers from exposure to secondhand smoke," according to a news release ...

Panel debates merits of local smoking ban
South Bend Tribune - Erica Morrison - September 8, 2010

The subject comes up time and time again, and community members like Elonda Wilder-Hamilton, a self-proclaimed social justice activist, asked, "Why is it this way, and what is it we need to do?"

Tuesday night, at a Smoke Free Air town hall meeting at Gethsemane Church of God in South Bend, a guest panel discussed the negative effects smoking has on the community.

The smoke-free debate has become more prevalent in the past couple of years as Indiana becomes an island among increasingly smoke-free Midwest states, including Ohio, Illinois and, most recently, Michigan.

But area advocates like panelist Tim Filler, a consultant on smoking ban issues, narrows his focus on the more local approach of St. Joseph County and South Bend.

Filler referenced neighboring city Elkhart's smoking ban, which was passed in May 2009. It prohibits smoking from all workplaces including bars and restaurants. ...

Statewide smoking ban?
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette - September 7, 2010

Indiana lawmakers continue their interim study committee work this week, including sessions addressing some high-profile issues. On Wednesday, the Health Finance Commission is set to discuss an overdue statewide ban on smoking in all workplaces.

Advocates of smoke-free air rightly want to see a comprehensive state law replace the patchwork of local smoking bans. They cite sound research to support improved health and lower health-care costs. Earlier attempts to pass a statewide ban have been unsuccessful.

Reps. Dick Dodge, R-Pleasant Lake, and Win Moses, D-Fort Wayne, are members of the panel.

The panel cannot adopt such a law but should recommend the General Assembly help Indiana join the 21st century and ban public smoking.

The Verve about to kick smoking status
Terre Haute Tribune Star - Howard Greninger - September 2, 2010

Clouds of smoke and ashtrays will soon be out the window as The Verve, a well-known downtown Terre Haute live music venue, becomes a smoke-free nightclub on Labor Day.

It is the second business in the city to voluntarily ban indoor smoking.

“I was inspired by the Ballyhoo Tavern. Starting Monday, we are going non-smoking, no more smoking in The Verve,” said owner Connie Wrin.

“It is definitely something that I have been thinking about for quite some time, a couple of years actually,” Wrin said. “I have supported the nonsmoking ban. I was hoping it would happen sooner for the bars.

“I was a little hesitant to be the first one to do it, because you are always scared to take that first step, but when I saw that the Bally did it, I was like, awesome, yeah!” Wrin said.

“I think it would be great if all the bars would rally around this idea and just do it. Then it would no longer be a decision of [government], it becomes a choice that we made,” Wrin said. ...

Vigo County Health Department Propses Indoor Smoking Ban
WIBQ - August 25, 2010

TERRE HAUTE (WIBQ) - Vigo County Health Department officials want to eliminate smoking indoors in nearly every building, except your own home. This would include all public buildings, bars, and restaurants.

The Vigo County Health Department presented a proposal to ban indoor smoking and presented it to the Vigo County Commissioners on Tuesday. Vigo County Commissioners are considering the ordinance. If it passes it will not go into effect until 2012.

Rushville Bowl kicks the smoking habit
Rushville (IN) Republican, 2010-08-22

Rushville Bowl has been doing business since 1960, but this summer they made a change in line with current trends ­ they went smoke-free. On May 1, the bowling alley that Jim Ephlin owns and operates completely outlawed smoking. He implemented smoke-free weekends in 1990 and this summer took the final step in the measure. “Now it’s just, ‘My God, it’s the year 2010,’” he said. “The tree has finally fallen on us.”

He said there were several reasons he opted to go smoke free, one being that he felt it was a necessary business move. Many of the bowling alleys in towns near Rushville are non-smoking and Ephlin said that “bowlers will travel.” But witnessing some of his patrons’ discomfort in the smoke was the deciding factor.

Rushville Bowl has a cooling system that circulates air throughout the entire building. At a child’s birthday party Ephlin saw a lady sitting at one end of the alley smoking while the kids were opening presents on the other, but the air system was spreading the smoke. “It was drifting across the kids, and that was the point I said, ‘Oh my, I’ve got to help these people,’” Ephlin said. “That’s the story that started smoke-free weekends.” ...

Smokefree group seeking members
Evansville Courier & Press - Tom Lovett - August 19, 2010

Smokefree Communities Coalition of Vanderburgh County is extending an invitation for new members.

The mission of Smokefree Communities is to ensure the protection of nonsmokers in public places, provide assistance in quitting, and prevent youth from initiating the use of tobacco products.

The organization strives to meet those goals by working through media advocacy, policy initiatives and educating the community on research demonstrating the economic toll and health care issues related to tobacco use. ...

Clean air in Lowell may go up in smoke
Post-Tribune, Aug 11,2010
BY JERRY DAVICH, METRO COLUMNIST jdavich@post-trib.com (219) 648-3107

It's seems odd that a town -- any town -- would have to enact a "clean air ordinance" to ban smoking in public places. Such an ordinance seems a no-brainer decision with our current health-related knowledge of cigarettes, nicotine, and lung c...

Non-smokers "sit in" at local bar
WTHI-TV (Terre Haute, IN), 2010-08-02

A local advocacy took a stand by sitting down to lunch at Logan’s Rib-Eye.

On a typical day Logan’s smoking room is filled with smokers during lunch hour.

On Monday, a group of non-smokers filled up the smoking room so no one would smoke in the restaurant.

"We have enough people here that we can fill the bar with people who want to enjoy this wonderful food and everyone is not smoking so that we can all enjoy it together," CHANCES for Indiana Youth Carrie Evans said.

Restaurants in Vigo County are allowed to have a smoking area, but they must be completely closed off to the rest of the establishment.

"People would like to eat places and enjoy the food and the atmosphere without having to breathe in the second hand smoke," Evans said.

The owner of Logan's Rib-Eye said he understands their point of view.

"If we did go to non-smoking they probably would support the restaurant a little more than they are now," Owner of Logan’s Rib-Eye Scott Logan said. ...

City can lead state in becoming smoke free
Indianapolis Star, July 30, 2010

The recent poll showing 70 percent of Indianapolis residents support smoke-free air is further affirmation of what we all know: Smoke-free environments mean better health for all.

Twenty-eight states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico have already passed comprehensive smoke-free laws, and we will soon find ourselves among a conspicuous minority of states tolerating practices that are antithetical to healthy lifestyles, manageable health-care costs and new business attraction.
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There is no dispute that secondhand smoke causes death and puts those subjected to it at great harm to their health. Indianapolis has the opportunity to follow the lead of other communities in Indiana in helping to move our state forward by passing the pending smoke-free ordinance. The American Lung Association urges all citizens to take action and contact their local and state elected officials and tell them that they support a smoke-free Indiana. ...

Have a heart and pass comprehensive smoking laws
Indianapolis Star, Jul 28, 2010

The American Heart Association, committed to building healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke, continues to support comprehensive smoke-free ordinances at the local level and smoke-free legislation at the state level in Indiana. Smoking is the number one preventable risk factor for many health conditions, including heart disease and stroke. Smoke-free laws protect the public as well as employees who work in those environments. Because there is increasing evidence that implementing comprehensive smoke-free laws lowers incidences of cardiovascular disease and significantly improves public health, as well as increasing public sentiment in favor of such ordinances, it is our hope that the City-County Council will vote to make Indy completely smoke free. ...

Lowell residents debate smoke ban proposal
Gary Post Tribune - Carrie Napoleon - July 27, 2010

LOWELL -- Residents, most of whom were opposed with only a handful in favor, of a proposed clean air ordinance again had their say in front of the town council Monday even though the issue was not slated for discussion.

Those opposed to a ban on smoking have been adamant, maintaining it is a business owner's right to decide whether or not to allow smoking in their own building, while those in favor, including a majority of the town council, cite public health issues and an individual's right to go out and breathe clean air.

Robert Hill, owner of the Rock & Roll Outpost, requested council members consider revising the ordinance before the final reading to allow for smoking in restaurants like his that have a bar area that is closed off from the main restaurant area that can be used by smokers.

"Seven to 10 of the people who come into my bar area are smokers," Hill said. He is concerned about the possible negative impact a smoking ban would have on his business.

Resident Sharon Patterson said she supports a ban. Patterson said when she goes out to eat she can't take her food or drink outside to avoid the smoke, but smokers can take their cigarettes outside.

"It's common courtesy. What about my rights," Patterson said. ...

Smoking ban's odds would be a little better in the Statehouse
Indianapolis Star, Jul 22, 2010 | By Bill Ruthhart bill.ruthhart@indystar.com

Indianapolis residents clamoring for a broader public smoking ban may be better off relying on state lawmakers than the City-County Council.

A poll released Wednesday by anti-smoking advocates shows 70 percent of Indianapolis voters favor an expanded smoking ban, but City-County Council members remain gridlocked on the issue, and Mayor Greg Ballard has opposed a full ban.
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Chances that state lawmakers would tackle a statewide smoking ban appear better, if for no other reason than leaders in the House and Senate have committed to considering the topic in next year's legislative session.

Indianapolis' current smoking ban applies to restaurants and most other public places, such as hotel lobbies, but exempts bars, private clubs and bowling alleys.

In releasing their latest poll, the national group Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and local coalition Smoke Free Indy said their goal is to place more pressure on Ballard and council members to expand the city's smoking ban. Support by political affiliation showed that 63 percent of Republicans, 67 percent of independents and 78 percent of Democrats back it.

"These are amazingly high numbers," said Kevin O'Flaherty, an advocacy director for Tobacco-Free Kids. "Mayor Ballard and other folks on the council are popular in their own right, but I doubt anyone in an opposed election gets numbers approaching 70 percent, so taking a lead position on this is going to get you a more favorable opinion from these voters." ...

Smoking ban is about saving lives
Indianapolis Star, July 21, 2010

The arguments in favor of a tougher smoking ban in public places in Indianapolis haven't changed from a year ago. It's still about saving lives, promoting better public health and protecting innocent bystanders from other people's deadly habit.

The scientific evidence documenting the health benefits of workplace smoking bans remains overwhelming, as any honest observer would have to admit. …

Poll shows support for Indy smoking ban
Indianapolis Star - July 21, 2010

Seven in 10 Indianapolis voters support a comprehensive, citywide smoking ban, according to a new poll released today by a pair of anti-smoking advocacy groups.

The poll, commissioned by Smoke Free Indy and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, showed that 70 percent of Indianapolis voters supported a ban that would prohibit smoking in most public places, including workplaces, public buildings, offices, bowling alleys, restaurants and bars.
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Indianapolis' current ban applies to most employers and public spaces, such as hotel lobbies, but exempts bars, bowling alleys and private clubs.

The poll also found that 80 percent of all voters believe all workers should be protected from exposure to secondhand smoke and 86 percent believed bar and restaurant workers have the same right to breathe clean air as office employees.

The poll, conducted by Public Opinion Strategies, had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points. It also found support for a stronger ban cut across party lines with 63 percent of Republicans, 67 percent of independents and 78 percent of Democrats backing it. ...

70% of Indianapolis Voters Support Law Making Bars, and Other Workplaces Smoke-Free
PR Newswire (press release) - July 21, 2010

Voters back measure to protect workers and customers from secondhand smoke

INDIANAPOLIS, July 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new poll released today finds that 70 percent of Indianapolis voters support passing a law to make all restaurants, bars and other workplaces smoke-free. The poll shows broad support for the law, including large majorities of men and women, whites and African-Americans, and Democrats and Republicans across Indianapolis.

"Now is the time for the City-County Council and Mayor to reconsider what a significant majority of Indianapolis voters desire - to have all restaurants, bars, and other workplaces be smoke-free. Voters agree that Indianapolis should protect all of its workers and customers from harmful secondhand smoke and join the growing list of great cities that have gone smoke-free," said Vincent C. Caponi, CEO, St. Vincent Health.

The survey of 500 likely Indianapolis voters was released by Smoke Free Indy and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Smoke Free Indy is a coalition of public health organizations, community-based groups, physicians, businesses, schools, the faith community, and Marion County residents.

By a 70 percent to 27 percent margin, the poll found that voters support a law in Indianapolis that would prohibit smoking in most public places, including workplaces, public buildings, offices, bowling alleys, restaurants and bars. This includes fifty-six percent who strongly favor the law. Support cuts across party lines, including 63 percent of Republicans, 67 percent of Independents and 78 percent of Democrats. ...

Mayor wants cessation programs, not smoking bans
WTHR - July 20 2010

Indianapolis - Mayor Greg Ballard has a message for those trying to push a tougher smoking ban: help people quit smoking instead.

Smoke-free Indy wants to expand the city's smoking ban to bars and restaurants. It plans to unveil a new poll Wednesday showing overwhelming bipartisan support for the change.

The mayor says the current law, which bans smoking in restaurants and most public places, is sufficient.

"I really wish the people pushing this would try to help people stopping smoking. I personally can't stand it. I'm like others who get physically sick if I'm around it. I wish the people spending so much time on this would actually help people stop smoking," said Mayor Greg Ballard.

Ballard says he might be open to requiring bars to install smoke-eaters, or equipment that cleans the air. But he still doubts there's enough council support for any change.

Stricter smoking ban in Indianapolis may get new life
Indianapolis Star, Jul 20, 2010 | By Francesca Jarosz francesca.jarosz@indystar.com

Proponents of banning smoking in Indianapolis bars are trying to revive a City-County Council debate over the issue by showing city leaders that voters support the cause.

So far, it's unclear whether council members, who last year put a hold on expanding the city's current smoking restrictions, will again take up the discussion.
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But there's at least one promising sign: Advisers to Mayor Greg Ballard, who last fall opposed and at one point threatened to veto the stronger ordinance, have been in discussions with ban supporters. They say Ballard is open to finding a compromise.

"Are we talking in hopes of reaching a common goal? Sure," said Robert Vane, Ballard's deputy chief of staff and communications director. "But from the administration's point of view, it would be premature to anticipate what that goal would be."

The ordinance put forward last fall would expand a current ban on smoking in restaurants, hotel lobbies and other public places to include venues such as bars, private clubs and bowling alleys. The council tabled it in December, and since then, both sides have been mostly quiet about the issue.

But on Wednesday, a group of advocates will discuss a poll showing there's lots of public support for a stronger ban. ...

Air's clear in Austin, music sounds great, bars thrive
Indianapolis Star, May 20, 2010

I just read another factual letter on a smoking ban for Indianapolis. As a recent temporary arrival here for work, I am amazed at the pro-smoker mentality by the mayor and some of the council.

Living in Austin, Texas, the past 35 years, I have enjoyed many a night out listening to great live music while eating or having a cold beverage. It was such a relief for the majority when the city government in Austin passed an ordinance prohibiting the minority from smoking indoors. ...

Waiting for Indiana to go smoke-free
South Bend Tribune - May 14, 2010

VOICE OF THE PEOPLE

Michigan is now smoke-free. Will Indiana be last?

With Michigan's smoke-free air law in effect May 1, Indiana is among the last states that does not have a law that protects its workers from exposure to secondhand smoke. All of Indiana's Midwest neighbors — Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Ohio — have passed laws to protect workers in all workplaces, including restaurants and bars.

Tobacco Free St. Joseph County hopes that St. Joseph County will soon pass a comprehensive smoke-free workplace ordinance that protects all of St. Joseph County's workers from the known health hazards of secondhand smoke.

Nine cities and two counties in Indiana have passed comprehensive smoke-free air laws. St. Joseph County's current ordinance, which went into effect in 2006, prohibits smoking in some workplaces but exempts bars, some restaurants and private membership clubs with liquor licenses. ...

Mayor McShurley talks with Muncie residents
Ball State Daily News - Jack Meyer - 4/30/2010

...The mayor also asked for a show of hands from the crowd when looking for feedback about issues like whether citizens would support the prohibition of smoking in restaurants, bars and private clubs in Muncie, an issue that was almost unanimously supported....

Business owners balk at smoking ban
Lowell council seeking input on potential policy
The Times of Northwest Indiana, 2010-04-13
Melanie Csepiga - Times Correspondent

The Town Council played to a packed house of business owners Monday who offered emphatic opposition to potential restrictions on public smoking in town.

The session was the second of what probably will be three sessions aimed at gaining local business input on a municipal smoking policy.

Like others, Glenda Faitak, of Maintenance Products Inc., does not smoke, but she does not want the town to infringe on the rights of privately owned businesses.

"I'm totally against it. This is private enterprise," she said.

Carrie Ann Austgen, president of the Lowell Chamber of Commerce, said, "I just came here to listen. Everybody is pretty much opposed."

Town Council President Phillip Kuiper, D-4th, said the response was not surprising. He said he felt more business owners understand now that the council simply is gathering input on the issue. ...

Push for stricter Evansville smoking ban to continue
Evansville (IN) Courier & Press, 2010-04-06
Dan Shaw

The executive director of Smokefree Communities of Vanderburgh County told members of the City Council today that she will continue fighting for a stronger smoking ban.

Martha Caine, who leads that organization, reminded them of the facts she and others had presented, showing the dangers of secondhand smoke. Caine said no member had expressed skepticism of the evidence then.

But on March 15, four of the council members voted against an amendment that would have prohibited smoking at bars, restaurants and taverns. The proposal won an equal number of favorable votes, resulting in a tie.

Caine said the same meeting also brought forth testimony from 29 experts who spoke of the benefits of a stricter smoking ban. She said the opposition produced about half that number of speakers, whose arguments arose largely from a fear that a stronger prohibition would hamper the abilities of bars and restaurants to make money. “It’s a sad implication that a dollar is more important than a life,” Caine said. ...

Councilmen say they're ready to try smoking ban
Gary Post Tribune - Carrie Napoleon - 2010-04-06

LOWELL -- It appears the town is one step closer to becoming smoke-free.

Four out of five councilmen at a Monday work session said they would favor some type of smoking ban. Councilman Donald Huseman spoke out against such a measure.

The movement is still in its infancy, fueled by results from a survey earlier this year that showed overwhelming support for a ban. An ordinance has not yet been drafted. Another work session has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday.

Only a couple of people showed up at the session, including the owner of Sidetrack Saloon, who said she feared a ban would drive away her business. Two other residents, who live in unincorporated Lowell, also spoke out against the measure. ...

Keep fighting for agency's life
Indianapolis Star, Apr 1, 2010

Indiana's premier anti-smoking agency survived a mortal threat in this past session of the Indiana General Assembly, but the danger has not passed. ...

Future of anti-smoking program unclear
Indianapolis Star, Mar 31, 2010 | By Shari Rudavsky shari.rudavsky@indystar.com ...

Has Indiana been successful in cutting the rate of smoking in the past decade? It all depends on whom you ask.


Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation staff point to data that suggest the smoking rate among adults is now 23.1 percent, the lowest it has been in a decade and just a tad higher than the goal of 22 percent.

"This is huge progress to see the rate go down to 23 percent for Indiana," said ITPC Executive Director Karla Sneegas. "Our job is to help smokers quit and to keep young people from ever starting."

But for some, these gains are not enough to justify the continued existence of the ITPC, which has an $11 million budget. It was created in 2001 with funds from states' settlement agreement with tobacco companies.

As state lawmakers tried to craft a budget this past session, a plan was floated to collapse the stand-alone agency into the Indiana State Department of Health, which would run smoking cessation programs.

Supporters of that plan say such a measure makes sense in tight economic times, especially given the performance of the agency since its inception. Although the agency remained independent at the close of the legislative session, some still question whether it's worth its price. ...

ADAMS: Push legislators to let locals vote on smoking bans
Evansville (IN) Courier & Press, 2010-03-28
H. DAN ADAMS/SPECIAL TO THE COURIER & PRESS

I would like to thank all those who came to speak at the March 15 Evansville City Council meeting concerning the smoking ban. I listened hard and heard many things. . . .

My conclusion from this outpouring of community opinion is that the issue of a uniform smoking ban is too big for nine city council members and about 100 concerned citizens to decide.

The random sample is too small to be indicative of what this community really wants. It is not an easy answer. Do we want clean commercial air enough to overcome the bar owners' anxieties? Will we support them when they take a leap of faith that more revenue is out there down the road from the non-smoking public? Will the minority continue to rule over the majority on this problem?

What I believe is needed at this point is a countywide referendum on a ballot, asking the simple question: Should Vanderburgh County be smoke free?

Hold the phone

Oops. The Indiana General Assembly will not allow us to hold a referendum on this subject . . .

If the state legislature itself does not wish to deal with this issue, why not allow local rule? Will the legislature let us have our way? Ask them.
In the meantime, proven by repetitive public health mortality statistics, people will continue to die here unnecessarily. And the existing setup acts as a severe governor on economic growth. ...

Evansville Mayor's support sought on stronger smoking ban
Mayor says he will sign ordinance passed by City Council
Evansville (IN) Courier & Press, 2010-03-26
Dan Shaw

Proponents of a tougher smoking ban feel the mayor could sway a vote to break a 4-4 tie.

Proponents of a stronger smoking ban in Evansville say they plan to take their fight to Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel.

Sherry Hurt, a nurse and screener with the Vanderburgh County Health Department, said she believes the mayor could persuade more council members to vote in favor of a stricter ban. Earlier this month, the council voted 4-4 on an ordinance that would have extended the city’s current prohibition on smoking to bars, restaurants and taverns.

One councilman, Curt John, D-at large, was absent from the meeting but later said he would have opposed the stricter ban. ...

Gary councilwomen weigh smoking ban
Gary Post Tribune - Jon Seidel - March 18, 2010

GARY -- Rep. Charlie Brown's bid to pass a statewide smoking ban might have failed at the Statehouse this year, but one could still be on the horizon for his hometown.

"It is kind of embarrassing that I have been beating the bushes for the last three, maybe four years for a statewide smoking ban, and my own community has not participated in that endeavor," Brown, a Democrat from Gary, said.

Gary City Council member Kimberly Robinson, D-5th, is soliciting opinions from constituents about a Gary smoking ban. She said she's pursuing the idea at Brown's request.

"I'm just trying to do something proactive," Robinson said.

Robinson brought up the idea at Tuesday's City Council meeting. Shortly after she did, council member Ragen Hatcher, D-at large, said she had been planning a forum on that topic. It will be 5:30 p.m. April 22 at City Hall.

Neither member said she had decided to pursue a comprehensive ban or one with exemptions. ...

Howard County ranks 46th when it comes to overall health in Indiana
Kokomo Perspective - March 18, 2010

Following the recent release of a nationwide report ranking the overall health of every county in every state, including Indiana, Howard County Tobacco Coalition today said the report provides "...a great opportunity for us to closely examine the role that smoking plays in the health of our community. We need to take more concrete steps to implement stronger smoking policies that will lower the county's smoking rate in our cities and towns."

The study -- conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute -- revealed in stark terms the progress that is needed with important issues, such as lowering the number of smokers. ...

Would missing council member have changed smoking ban outcome?
14 WFIE (Evansville, IN), 2010-03-16
Becky Graham

A tie vote at Monday night's Evansville City Council meeting means an immediate no to a smoking ban at city bars and restaurants, but council member Curt John was missing.

How would he have voted?

John is a restaurant-bar owner.

He co-owns Nick's Pizza and Wings, the Main Gate Sports Bar, and Showme's on the east side.

So, John has a stake in the outcome of any smoking ban vote, and said his vote would have been against it. ...

Evansville City Council hits impasse on smoking ban
Council fails to muster votes to either pass or defeat stricter smoking rules
Evansville (IN) Courier & Press, 2010-03-16
Dan Shaw

The City Council reached a stalemate tonight on a proposal to tighten Evansville’s smoking ban.

But members left open the possibility of eliminating bans for Casino Aztar and private clubs and returning to the issue at a later meeting.
The amendment considered tonight would ban smoking in restaurants, bars and taverns. The council’s vote came out 4-4, not enough either way to pass it or defeat it. Councilman Curt John, D-at large, was not in attendance.

Councilman John Friend, D-5th Ward, was one of the members who voted against the amendment, saying he couldn’t stomach the exemptions it contains for Casino Aztar, private clubs and other organizations.

“It appears to me we are being hypocrites if we think: These people we should exempt and these people we shouldn’t exempt,” he said.
Asked if he would support a measure without exemptions, Friend said he would like to study the likely economic effects of such a strict ban before deciding. ...

WILHELM: COMMUNITY COMMENT: Smoking ban would provide economic benefit to the city
Evansville (IN) Courier & Press, 2010-03-15
BRAD WILHELM SPECIAL TO THE COURIER & PRESS

I travel to Evansville on business at least once a month, but find myself limiting my support of local business due to cigarette smoke.

Coming from Bloomington, a town that has a comprehensive smoking ban, I am always amazed at the difference when I visit a city or that does not have one. . . .

And if the five gentlemen from different parts of the Midwest who sat with me at the Holiday Inn bar (which is smoke free) this past Tuesday night lamenting the lack of smoke free adult alternatives are any indication, it would also help the Evansville economy.

I urge Evansville to do the right thing for both workers and businesses. ...

City council to vote on smoking ban Monday
14 WFIE (Evansville, IN), 2010-03-15
Becky Graham

A push to make Evansville bars, restaurants and clubs smoke free goes before the city council Monday night.

Some even say a stronger smoking ban would improve the health of the community.

"I guess it is somewhat infringing on people's rights to smoke," smoker Curtis Atkinson said.

Atkinson has no problem stepping outside to smoke.

"If it's a fun place to be or if it's a place I want to be, I will go there regardless of whether it is smoking or not," Atkinson said.

Atkinson said non-smokers have the same choice at smoking bars, restaurants, and taverns, so why then are city council members trying to ban smoking all together? ...

Smoking ban to get medical support
Professionals to call for tighter rules
Evansville (IN) Courier & Press, 2010-03-14
Dan Shaw

* The City Council will consider giving final approval to a stricter smoking ban at Monday's meeting

* Health professionals from St. Mary's and Deaconess are expected to speak for the ban ...

Indiana's anti-smoking agency could be snuffed out
WSBT Channel 22 (South Bend, IN), 2010-03-10

Indiana lawmakers are considering a proposal to eliminate the state's anti-smoking agency and transfer its duties to the State Health Department.

The proposal is aimed at saving the state money, but some are concerned it could set back prevention efforts, too.

According to an Associated Press report, Chris Ruhl, the state's budget director, estimates that shutting down the Indiana Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Board, or ITPC, could save the state as much as $1.5 million in overhead and administrative costs. . . .

But some local prevention advocates say ITPC efforts are paying off.
Jill Sabo is the Tobacco Free St. Joseph County Project Coordinator, and also serves as Tobacco Education Coordinator at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center.

She cites new numbers released Tuesday that show a drop in smoking prevalence from 26.1 to 23.1 percent.

"That is a huge decrease," Sabo said. "At 26.1 percent, we were the second highest rate in the nation. So, ITPC is doing their job." ..

Smoke clearing on council support
But is there enough to pass stricter ban?
Evansville (IN) Courier & Press, 2010-03-07
Dan Shaw

* City Councilman Dan Adams will present a stricter city smoking ban at the council's meeting Monday night

* The amendment would ban smoking in all restaurants and bars, with exemptions for Casino Aztar and private clubs

Three of nine Evansville City Council members say they support banning smoking at the city's bars and restaurants. . . .

Karla Sneegas, executive director of Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation, said much progress has been made by places such as Bloomington, Elkhart, Fort Wayne and West Lafayette, all of which have strong prohibitions in place.

"We have a lot of great examples of communities that didn't wait and are doing well," Sneegas said.

Yet representatives of local governments in the Tri-State said their priorities don't include policies meant to stamp out smoking in public places. Shari Sherman, president of the Newburgh Town Council, said none of her fellow public officials has expressed an interest in passing a ban. The same goes for Don Williams, president of the Warrick County Commissioners.

He recalls hearing from only two or three constituents who favored a strict smoking ordinance during his 10 years in office. ...

Statewide smoking ban snuffed out once again
Published: 04:00 AM Mar 3,2010
BY JON SEIDEL, (317) 631-7400

INDIANAPOLIS -- A statewide smoking ban won't happen in Indiana this year, but the Republican chairwoman of a joint committee says it might be considered in 2011. Language to ban smoking in public places, enclosed areas of employment and stat...

Evansville City Council to consider stricter smoking ban
Evansville (IN) Courier & Press, 2010-03-02
Dan Shaw

Smokers would have to snub out their cigarettes before entering Evansville bars and restaurants under an amended smoking ban proposed by a City Councilman.

But patrons of Casino Aztar could continue puffing while they gamble.
Councilman Dan Adams, D-At Large, submitted the amendment today, saying he doesn’t think the city’s current ban does enough to protect the public from the dangers of secondhand smoke.

“Almost all of the major of cities have this,” he said. “This isn’t off the wall. This isn’t radical.”

But some worry a stricter ban will lessen their business’ ability to compete. Dan DiLegge, a co-owner of DiLegge’s restaurant, said he doesn’t understand why the city should allow any exemptions. ...

General Assembly session enters final days
Anderson Herald Bulletin - Justin Schneider - March 2, 2010

ANDERSON, Ind. — Indiana lawmakers are prepared to work until March 14 to wrap up the 2010 legislative session. ...

Lanane said a bill banning smoking in public places, with the exception of casinos and so-called racinos, likely would not be considered before the end of the current session. Austin said the bill’s author, Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, has his long-term sights set on all public spaces.

“He thought casinos and racinos would be too big of a battle to fight this year, but they’re next on his list,” Austin said. “He’s coming after them.” ...

Convention Intervention Won't Save Smoking Ban Bill
WRTV Indianapolis - March 1, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS -- A last-minute appeal from Indianapolis convention organizers likely won't save a statewide smoking ban that's all but dead for the year. ...

Officials: Weak smoking ban hurts city's hospitality efforts
Indianapolis (IN) Business Journal, 2010-02-27
Anthony Schoettle

The smoking-ban debate in this city and state is getting a new spark from a fired-up group of tourism and convention officials.

They're 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.

Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association CEO Don Welsh and other area tourism and convention officials say Indianapolis officials' unwillingness to strengthen anti-smoking legislation is imperiling the city's growing tourism trade. . . .

Welsh is far from alone in his concern.

Jeff Sweet, president of the Greater Indianapolis Hotel and Lodging Association and general manager of Hilton Indianapolis Hotel and Suites, said the complaints he hears from visitors about Indiana's smoking policies are becoming louder and more frequent. . . .

Dirk Ebener, CEO of Atlanta-based NuernbergMesse North America, which represents more than 100 trade shows globally, said a city's smoking policy has a major impact on its image. Ebener, who recently conducted a site inspection in Indianapolis, said the smoking in entertainment hot spots here is a definite drawback. ...

House rekindles smoking ban
South Bend Tribune - Kevin Allen - February 26, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS ­ Advocates of a statewide smoking ban gained new hope this week, as the Indiana House of Representatives reignited legislation ...

On deadline day, these bills made it through House, Senate
Indianapolis Star, Feb 26, 2010

... passed Thursday: The House voted 54-44 to pass Senate Bill 175, which would prohibit smoking in all public places, with the exception of casinos and horse tracks. Some opposed ...

Statewide smoking ban wins passage in House
Indianapolis (IN) Star, 2010-02-25
Bill Ruthhart

Lawmakers in the Indiana House resuscitated a statewide smoking ban Wednesday, one that would prevent lighting up in all public places except for casinos and horse tracks.
Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, had proposed a smoking ban in House Bill 1131, but it was watered down through a series of amendments to exclude not only casinos and horse tracks, but bars, taverns, smoke shops, small businesses that aren't open to customers, and VFW and American Legion halls. The Senate didn't hear that bill. ....

Smoking ban request comes before council
Bluffton News Banner - February 24, 2010

Some Bluffton High School students, making their first steps into the political process, asked the city’s Common Council Tuesday morning to consider banning smoking in public places.

It was a bipartisan effort, to boot. The Young Democrats group at the high school came up with the idea, and the Young Republicans signed on to it. ...

Smoke clears: Tobacco prevention, cessation agency survives committee review
Madison Courier - Pat Whitney - February 23, 2010

Senate Bill 298, which threatens to abolish the Indiana Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Agency, essentially died in the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday with no action taken. The day before, at least 40 advocates supporting the agency testified before legislators for 2 1/2 hours, but no one from the public at-large spoke on the merits of the bill.

The non-vote was little cause for the bill's critics to celebrate.

"I am hearing there may never be one (a vote), one way to let it die in committee," said Dr. Richard Feldman, the former state health commissioner. "That would be good news for now, but it will certainly be inserted in another bill or be decided upon at the end of the session in conference committee."

If that happens, the measure could still eliminate the agency's program with its volunteer executive board and shift the agency's nearly $11 million budget to the Department of Health, where it could be more easily controlled by the governor's office.

An independent agency with expertise in community-based anti-tobacco programs, the agency has educated youth on the dangers of using tobacco while helping adults quit smoking for the past 10 years, funded with $150 million in tobacco-settlement monies.

Indiana will receive an estimated $622 million in fiscal year 2010 from tobacco revenues and the landmark 1998 settlement between the tobacco industry and the U.S. government.

SB298 was filed for greater efficiency, according to Republican Sen. Luke Kenley of Noblesville, urged by Gov. Mitch Daniels to draft a bill that would eliminate what the governor and some legislators feel is a duplication of efforts within programs.

Considering the changing economic climate, legislators will ultimately have to decide which is more important - the programs or education, he said. ...

Possibilities keep Westfield progressing
Indianapolis Star, Feb 18, 2010 | By Chris Sikich chris.sikich@indystar.com

... ., which allows smoking. What's next: Cook said the city could attempt to ban smoking at bars again, but likely not this year. "I think there is sentiment to revisit ...

VIDEO: Smoking ban: Indiana General Assembly: Will a statewide smoking ban bill die again?
WXIN-TV Fox 59 (Indiannapolis, IN), 2010-02-15

For Indiana Representative Charlie Brown of Gary, it's been a passion that's put him at the forefront not once or twice, but now a third time.
Reporter: "What makes you keep coming back for this issue?"

State Rep. Charlie Brown (D) Gary: "Usually third time's the charm. But that's why we're still pushing to get the bill through this year, and it's a good health policy."

Brown authored a bill that follows a growing number of Indiana towns and cities that ban smoking in all public places. His colleagues in the house agreed, but feeling pressure from critics, voted or a more watered down extent, voting to allow it in bars, restaurants, gaming facilities, private clubs and small businesses.

"Only 25% or 26% of the state smokes. Why not be more concerned about the 75% or 74% who does not smoke?" said Brown.
"It's good for business. It's a myth out there that it hurts business. ...

MAYS: GUEST COLUMN: Smoking ban not an intrusion on rights
Muncie (IN) Star-Press, 2010-02-05
JUDY MAYS

Leaders hoping to bring about effective change say that with comprehensive planning and strategy, a desired change will take place in five to seven years. Yet, here in Indiana, the comprehensive approach needed to protect the health of all workers, which in turn protects the health of their families, is watered down by the notion that somehow business (specifically bars) would suffer because of government intrusion.

For almost eight years, I have listened (objectively) to the arguments of the naysayers on a 100 percent smoke-free ban for all work places. The reasoning time after time has proven to be rhetoric that conveys personal insight and opinions based on the selfish and detrimental attitudes of those who refuse to see or accept the truth.

The bottom line is not based on a personal right but the rights of all workers and the public at large to enjoy, to the maximum benefit, good public health and safety. . . .

Indiana smoking ban unlikely to move in Senate
BusinessWeek - February 4, 2010

A proposed statewide smoking ban in public places in Indiana won't be considered by the state Senate and is likely dead this legislative session.

An original bill in the House would have banned smoking in public places except casinos and pari-mutuel horse racing venues. But the final bill passed by the House included more exemptions, including those for bars, taverns and fraternal clubs.

Republican Senate President Pro Tem David Long of Fort Wayne said Wednesday that the Senate isn't ready to consider a statewide smoking bill this session, and therefore one is unlikely to pass this session. He says economic times are tough and a statewide ban could hurt some businesses. ...

Diluted smoking ban clears House
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette - Niki Kelly - February 3, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana House passed a watered-down statewide smoking ban Tuesday by 73-26 vote.

“This is not even close to a comprehensive ban anymore,” said Rep. Matt Pierce, D-Bloomington. “But the least we can do is help this bill limp its way across the hall and see what the Senate might do.”

House Bill 1131 initially exempted only casinos, but legislators have since added numerous other exemptions.

They include bars and taverns catering only to Hoosiers 21 and older; tobacco-related businesses; private clubs and fraternal organizations; and small businesses in which all employees are family members and there are no areas of the business open to the public. ...

Smoking ban rides wave of midseason deadline
Final vote due today or Wednesday
Evansville (IN) Courier & Press, 2010-02-02
Eric Bradner

As state lawmakers near a key midsession deadline, a statewide smoking ban is slated to receive a final vote in the Indiana House today or Wednesday.

Wednesday is the last day for the House to pass bills over to the Senate, and vice versa. Rushing to advance as many bills as possible before that deadline, members of the General Assembly will be working late.

House Bill 1131, written by Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, originally sought to ban smoking in public places except casinos and horse-racing tracks.

Exceptions added by the House last week include bars, taverns and tobacco shops. But Brown fended off other major changes Monday, readying the bill for a final vote with no extra exceptions. ...

Indiana House makes more changes to proposed statewide ban on smoking in ...
CanadianBusiness.com - February 2, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Indiana House has carved out more exemptions to a bill that originally would have banned smoking in public places except casinos and pari-mutuel horse racing venues.

The House, which voted earlier to add exemptions for bars, taverns and tobacco shops, approved more amendments Monday night.

The amendments would exempt fraternal clubs such as American Legion posts from a ban. The bill now would also allow smoking in family-owned and operated businesses if all the employees are related to the owner.

They could only smoke in areas of the businesses not open to the public. ...

Statewide smoke free bill gaining steam
WSJV FOX 28 (South Bend, IN), 2010-01-30

"I don't really mind stepping out smoking," said smoker Ricky Smith.
Smoking is something Ricky Smith's done for the past 19 years. But a push from the Indiana Campaign for Smoke free Air and some lawmakers hope to make it illegal to smoke in public places. Saturday the group held a town hall meeting.

"The health impact is clear. Secondhand smoke is the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States," said Smoke free Air Grassroots Chair Tim Filler.

Some counties in the state already have smoking bans like St. Joseph County. It was met with dissent from bar and restaurants owners who feared business would suffer.

"We were concerned about it as any small business would," said Fiddler's Hearth Owner Carol Meehan.

But Fiddler's Hearth Owner Carol Meehan says sales have actually increased by 30 percent since the ordinance. Success stories like Meehan's is exactly what Grassroots chair Tim Filler wants people to know about. . . .

Success stories and tragic stories like the impact smoking has had on high school student Danielle Hampton's family, especially her step father.
"Where he works now their workers smoke on the line and he developed cancer caused from the smoke," said student Danielle Hampton.

Now he's on a feeding tube all from secondhand smoke. Smith, a smoker himself, says he wouldn't mind a statewide smoking ban in public places. ...

VIDEO: Grassroots meeting pushes for Indiana smoking ban
WSBT Channel 22 (South Bend, IN), 2010-01-30
Clifton French WSBT News1

A group of people met in South Bend Saturday to push for a state wide smoking ban. It's a part of a grassroots movement that started a few years ago, but the proposal is not popular with everyone.

"My feelings are, from a business perspective, I don't think it's really needed," owner of Pitt Stop Bar and Grill, Bill Pitt said.

Only the bar portion of Pitt's restaurant allows smoking. He said a statewide smoking ban would hurt business.

"I don't know if a ban on the whole establishment is necessary," Pitt explained, "I think it caters already to smoking and non-smoking."
St. Joseph County already mandates that restaurants separate smoking sections by enclosing them and adding an air filtering system.

Bill Pitt said that three years ago he spent thousands of dollars to get his business up to code. A project that he is still paying for.

"Which was a big undertaking and a big expense, but we did it to cater to the public," Pitt said. ...

Dozens attend town hall meeting to support workplace smoking ban
WNDU NBC 16 (South Bend, IN), 2010-01-30

A statewide smoking ban for Indiana is in danger of being snuffed out, and on Saturday, supporters of a grassroots campaign met to urge lawmakers to fire the ban back up.

Dozens of people gathered at the Sister Maura Brannick Health Center in South Bend Saturday morning to push for a smoke-free workplace law that protects all employees, including those in bars, restaurants and casinos.

Just this week, an Indiana smoking ban bill was amended by lawmakers. It originally only allowed smoking in casinos and some horse racing venues. But the House voted to exempt bars and tobacco shops, too, prompting the bill's sponsor to consider killing it altogether.

One woman at Saturday morning's meeting, whose stepfather is a cancer survivor, says we can't give up. ...

South Bend Tribune: Statewide smoking ban in Indiana at issue
Officials at town hall meeting say health of majority is in jeopardy
South Bend (IN) Tribune, 2010-01-31
ALICIA GALLEGOS Tribune Staff Writer

An array of agency representatives and local residents came together Saturday to discuss a bill that would ban smoking in Indiana.

The recently proposed bill would prohibit smoking in all public places, businesses and workplaces, except casinos.

The town hall-style meeting at the Sister Maura Brannick Center in South Bend addressed benefits along with concerns regarding the bill. Panelists included health representatives, an Elkhart City Council member, a high school student, a business owner and a local physician.
About 40 residents also attended the meeting.

Ron Troyer, Elkhart City Council member, said he would like to see the bill pass in Indiana. He spoke highly of his city's comprehensive ban and said it would make sense for more consistency in surrounding areas. As it stands, Elkhart County does not have a smoking ban and Goshen has separate rules. . . .
Worries of local business owners also were discussed at the meeting. If passed in its original form, the bill would make all businesses, bars, clubs and workplaces smoke-free.

Carol Meehan, with Fiddler's Hearth, spoke about her family's fears when St. Joseph County's ban first went into effect and the loss of some chain-smoking customers. But since the local ordinance took effect, Meehan said, business has increased by at least 30 percent. ...

Bill to ban smoking must be resuscitated
Published: 12:00 AM Jan 29, 2010

As legislators headed to Indianapolis in early January, it appeared this would be the year the General Assembly would do the right thing: bite the bullet and impose a statewide ban on smoking in public places.

Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, the author of the bill, intentionally exempted casinos, hoping to guarantee passage by keeping the gambling lobby out of the fray.

But it all fell apart Monday when the House approved three amendments. The most impacting change came from Rep. Dennis Tyler, D-Muncie. His amendment exempts bars, taverns, restaurants, private clubs and fraternal organizations -- a significant blow to the intent of the legislation. Before any further harm could be done, Brown pulled the bill off the floor.

Because the proposal is so important to the health of Hoosiers, we encourage people like Tyler to come to their senses and reconsider what they have done. ...

Brown vows to keep up fight to ban smoking
Published: 04:00 AM Jan 29, 2010

Rep. Charlie Brown of Gary says he won't give up on his bill to ban smoking statewide, even if his colleagues continue to water it down with amendments.

"Major pieces of legislation you have to do incrementally," Brown said, "and that's the effort here, just to incrementally nudge, cajole Indiana into the 21st century."

Brown, a Democrat, withdrew the bill from second reading Monday after exemptions were added for bars, taverns, private clubs, fraternal organizations and tobacco shops. Brown's original proposal included an exemption for casinos. ...

Smoking ban bill goes up in smoke
Muncie (IN) Star-Press, 2010-01-28
OSEYE T. BOYD

Local health advocates are pleased to see a watered down version of a bill banning smoking in public places statewide go up in a puff of smoke.
Three amendments added to House Bill 1131 diluted the proposed ban so much that sponsor Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, pulled it on Monday. Originally, the only exemption to the ban was casinos. Rep. Dennis Tyler, D-Muncie, offered an amendment that added an exemption for bars, fraternal organizations, private clubs and taverns.

"I applaud Rep. Charlie Brown's decision because the bill was too weakened, too many amendments to make it an effective piece of legislation," said Cecilia Williams, program coordinator for the Tobacco Free Coalition of Delaware County.

Williams and others, including Delaware County Health Department Administrator Bob Jones, want a comprehensive ban that prohibits smoking in all public places. Indiana is one of 12 states, known as the Dirty Dozen, without such legislation. ...

Tobacco Group Opposed to Provisions in Senate Bill
WIBC 91.3 FM (Indianapolis, IN), 2010-01-25
Taylor Bennett/Network Indiana

The Campaign for a Tobacco-Free Indiana is concerned about provisions in a Senate bill moving through the statehouse.
Chair Tim Filler says those concerns relate to a provision in Senate Bill 298 that abolishes the Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Agency and its executive board. ...

GRAY: Lawmakers blow smoke with exemptions to ban
Fort Wayne (IN) Journal-Gazette, 2010-01-26
Frank Gray

The proposal that passed the committee, though, contained one provision that makes me think the legislature and state government and all the other proponents of a ban are being as disingenuous as can be: Casinos would be exempt from any smoking ban.

Wait a minute. We say we want to level the playing field. We want everyone to operate under the same rules. We want to protect the public and workers from the effects of secondhand smoke.

But if you operate a casino, well, these rules, these concerns don't apply to you. You're special. . . .

Whether a statewide smoking ban is imposed remains to be seen. But if the state does approve a ban that exempts casinos, perhaps the law should include an explanation why. We all know why, but just for the record, spell it out, something like, "But because casinos make so much money for the state, they will be exempt from this ban." ...

Smoking Ban Bill Could Fail in Indiana House
AP, 2010-01-25
The Associated Press

A bill that would ban smoking in most public places in Indiana is in danger of failing in the Indiana House.

The bill by Democratic Rep. Charlie Brown of Gary would ban smoking in public places statewide except casinos and pari-mutuel horse racing venues.

But the House voted Monday to add exemptions for bars, taverns and tobacco shops.

That prompted Brown to withdraw the bill ...

EDITORIAL: Kick partisan habit and pass ban
Indianapolis (IN) Star, 2010-01-25

Once again, Indiana has an opportunity to join the majority by striking a statewide blow against the medical and economic menace of secondhand smoke.
It will take a bold bipartisan leap, however, to keep that opportunity from being missed, as it was last session.

Wednesday, the Indiana House Public Policy Committee approved a bill to ban smoking in restaurants, bars and other public accommodations. . . .

IU's research found that nearly 1,200 Hoosiers had died in 2007 from lung cancer, heart disease and other effects of ambient cigarette fumes. Added to the human toll was a financial bill -- at least $390 million in medical-related costs.

Nonsmokers are less safe in Indiana than in all but a few other states, the researchers noted, because few other states have a higher proportion of smokers.

The IU report affirmed a mountain of prior studies. It also affirmed state Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, in his crusade for the smoking ban. The Senate failed the test then, but Brown is back, with North Carolina joining his load of evidence.

The only figures that could possibly outweigh those in favor of clear air and a healthier Indiana are the dollars ponied up by the tobacco lobby. Otherwise, surely, the House and Senate could kick the partisanship habit and pass HB 1131. ...

LETTER: Smells like Big Tobacco has something to do with this
Indianapolis (IN) Star, 2010-01-26
Aida McCammon Indianapolis

Indiana residents should be proud of the wonderful job that the Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Agency is doing. It saves lives and money and protects families and workers. Indiana's program is comprehensive and a model in the nation. Even with budget cuts it still has decreased youth smoking. ITPC's executive board is composed of volunteers and experts. To abolish such a board is one of the most common techniques used by tobacco companies to weaken state tobacco programs. ...

St. Joseph County smoke-free since 2006
4-year-old smoking ordinance had few violations in '09, but proposed statewide ban lights up some
South Bend (IN) Tribune, 2010-01-24
ALICIA GALLEGOS Tribune Staff Writer

Business went up, he said, while complaints went down.
Cocquyt, who was strongly opposed to the ban at first, said he was surprised by the impact but felt he "let the people speak."

Nearly four years have passed since the St. Joseph County smoking ordinance first went into effect. Smaller businesses that received a two-year extension to comply have now had more than a year to adjust to the regulations.

Like Cocquyt, many business owners are now adjusted to the ordinance, although many admit the change took some getting used to. . . .

While some have hesitantly accepted the regulations, others would like to see Indiana join other states in going completely smoke-free.
Newly proposed legislation on the subject is currently showing movement in the statehouse, but opinions differ on whether a statewide ban would be for the best or another blow to some. ...

Don't kill off anti-smoking agency
Indianapolis Star - January 21, 2010

As Gov. Mitch Daniels exhorts government to do more with less, the folks at Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation can justifiably hold themselves up as a model.

Lean in staffing, heavily reliant on volunteers, the agency has fought the scourge of smoking on various fronts over this decade while seeing its funding cut from $32 million to $11 million a year.

Among other achievements, the ITPC, with its emphasis on grassroots advocacy and education, has helped bring about a significant decrease in youth smoking and more than 40 local anti-smoking laws.

Even the ITPC's original budget was a pittance. Indiana's share of the 1998 national tobacco litigation settlement is more than $150 million a year (on top of about $500 million in tobacco taxes), the bulk of which is used for purposes other than getting Hoosiers off cigarettes. And the legislature has been shameless in raiding what's left. Now, say the health-community leaders who head the ITPC's executive board, short-run budgetary concerns threaten their program's very existence.

A provision buried in Senate Bill 298, a catchall measure dealing primarily with pensions, would abolish the ITPC commission and transfer its funding and functions to the State Department of Health. ...

Ind. House panel backs statewide smoking ban
Fox 28 - January 20, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - 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. ...

Tobacco Ban in effect in Huntington
Ordinance took effect January 1, 2010
WANE Channel 15 (Fort Wayne, IN), 2010-01-04
Matt McCutcheon

HUNTINGTON, IND. (WANE) - Another county in northeast Indiana has adopted a public smoking and tobacco ban. It took effect January 1st primarily for four buildings in Huntington County.

It will directly impact smokers when they visit some agencies in Huntington County.

"We passed an ordinance to ban smoking in any county owned buildings or county owned vehicles," said Huntington County Commissioner Kathy Branham.

That was passed during the early summer of 2009 and applies to buildings operated by the County, primarily including the Huntington County Courthouse, The Courthouse Annex, the Huntington County Sheriff's Department and Jail , and the Huntington County Highway Department. ...

Both sides cheer vote on smoking ban
Indianapolis Star - Francesca Jarosz - December 1, 2009

A vote to send a proposal for a stronger smoking ban back to a City-County Council committee Monday night drew cheers from opponents and supporters, who both saw the move as a sign their side could prevail in the months-long fight.

Foes celebrated that, at least for now, people can still light up in Indianapolis bars, bowling alleys, private clubs and other establishments where smoking would be prohibited under the proposal.

Proponents rejoiced that the ban is still alive and has time to gain more council supporters before it goes back to the full council, most likely in the next few months.

The council's 20-7 vote to send the measure back to committee came at the urging of its sponsors, who said it was senseless to extend the vacillation that has occurred on the issue since the ordinance was introduced Oct. 5. ...

Smoking vote likely to go on back burner
Lacking aye votes, supporters of ban are expected to send it to committee
Indianapolis (IN) Star, 2009-11-30
Francesca Jarosz

Since a stronger smoking ban was introduced in the City-County Council last month, it has gone through a whirlwind of public debate, a tabling vote that put its future in limbo and a move earlier this month that resurrected it.
After all that, it could be headed for a makeover tonight.

The prospect of passage is tenuous, and supporters of the proposal -- which would extend the current ban to include bars, bowling establishments and private clubs -- would prefer not to take a chance on a no vote, or again get an indecisive ruling.

So they are expected to move to send the ordinance back to the council's Community Affairs Committee.

There, changes could be made, time could be gained to drum up support among council members who are on the fence, and discussions could continue with Mayor Greg Ballard, who has threatened to veto it in its current form. ...

Where there's smoke, there's fiery debate
Indianapolis Star, Nov 19, 2009

It's a debate that seems a long way from a conclusion. For every argument on one side of the issue, there's an equally spirited one on the other.

When the City-County Council resumes deliberations this month on stricter limits on public smoking in Indianapolis, it seems unlikely that it really will bring the debate to an end. ...

University Further Restricts Smoking
INDYchannel.com - November 19, 2009

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The Purdue University campus will be virtually smoke-free beginning next summer.

A new campus-wide police was announced Thursday. Smoking will be allowed in a few areas, but those have yet to be determined.

The enhanced ban, which goes into effect July 1, will also prohibit smoking in all vehicles owned or leased by the university. ...

Taxes, smoking top agenda for new session
Gary Post Tribune - Jon Seidel - November 18, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS -- The General Assembly moved swiftly through its Organization Day formalities Tuesday allowing lawmakers to start working on a 2010 legislative session that will feature a proposal to cap property assessments and new support for a statewide smoking ban. ...

Libertarians want probe of anti-smoking group
Indianapolis Star, Nov 17, 2009
By Will Higgins will.higgins@indystar.com

With the City-County Council just two weeks away from a vote that could further curb smoking in the city, the local Libertarian Party, which opposes a new, stronger smoking ban, has asked the county prosecutor to investigate a group of anti-smoking advocates.

The local party chairman, Tim Maguire, on Monday urged Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi to consider whether Smoke Free Indy broke the law when one of its associates posted a blog critical of the Libertarians earlier this month

"I'm not sure if it's illegal," Maguire said, "but I don't think you can make political attacks when there's public money involved."

But Tim Filler, a steering committee member of Smoke Free Indy, said the group is an all-volunteer coalition that receives no public money.

Filler does not deny posting a blog critical of the Libertarians for their opposition to the expanded smoking ban but said that blog did not violate any laws.

"There's nothing shady going on," Filler said. "This whole thing just gets us off message, and that's what they want." ...

Marion County Libertarian Party takes aim at Smoke Free Indy
Indianapolis Star - Will Higgins - November 16, 2009

Marion County Libertarian Party chairman Tim Maguire today asked prosecutor Carl Brizzi to investigate “the possibility of improprieties” at Smoke Free Indy, an anti-smoking coalition that backs strengthening Indianapolis’ statute that limits smoking in certain public places. ...

EDITORIAL: Hoosiers burned in smoke study
Indianapolis (IN) Star, 2009-11-14

It is safe to say Hoosiers do not look forward to the release of national health rankings with quite the same eagerness folks in Florida and Texas harbor for the weekly round of football polls.
The latest survey, covering one of our several "strong" categories, is out. We ought to be more than disappointed to be number two.

Consistently in the top 10 year after year, Indiana trailed only West Virginia in the percentage of adults using cigarettes in 2008, according to a report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. . . .

The Indiana General Assembly couldn't muster the willpower this past session to join the 26 states with comprehensive smoking bans, but Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, vows to renew his push next year.

The City-County Council is close to mustering enough votes to join more than 300 cities with total smoking prohibitions; but sadly, Mayor Greg Ballard says he would veto such a measure for the sake of local business. His stance ignores ample evidence that going smoke-free is not hazardous to the health of bars and eateries.

We do know that smoking -- and, critically important, secondhand smoke -- are killers. And that we arm them, as individuals, as communities and as governments. ...

State outpuffs most of nation
Indianapolis Star - Shari Rudavsky - November 13, 2009

Watch your back, West Virginia. Indiana is now No. 2 -- and gaining -- when it comes to smoking.

More than 26 percent of all Hoosier adults smoked in 2008, according to a report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ...

Indianapolis mayor would veto expanded smoking ban
WTHR - Nov 12, 2009

Marion County - The Indianapolis mayor is now taking a stand against a new smoking ban.

Mayor Greg Ballard appeared on Eyewitness News Sunrise saying he'll veto a ban if it's passed by the City-County Council.

When asked if he would veto the ban, Ballard responded, "Depending on what the version is, but any version that I think they're currently contemplating right now, yes."

Ballard says he's concerned an expanded smoking ban could hurt some small businesses. He says he doesn't like any of the current proposals.

The City-County Council did not have the votes to pass an expanded smoking ban last month. The expanded ban would have prohibited smoking in bowling alleys, bars and private clubs. The proposal sparked a fiery debate from both sides.

The council voted to table the ban. Two councilors abstained from voting, citing conflicts of interest.

Democratic councilor Angela Mansfield, one of the sponsors of the plan, said of Ballard, "That's the first time I've heard him say he'd veto anything. That was alarming when we heard this."

Mansfield said she was also frustrated to hear the mayor said he had only talked to sponsors "recently."

"He's never met with us," she said. "We asked him to and he refused." ...

Group wants smoking ban changes: Proposed policy would have no exemption for ...
Behavioral Health Central (blog) - November 12, 2009

Nov. 12--The Indiana Public Health Association wants the smoking ban in Kokomo strengthened and extended to all of Howard County.

Michelle Lindley with the Indiana Public Health Association and Shirley DuBois with Smoke Free Kokomo asked members of the Howard County Board of Health Monday to support the effort.

Kokomo banned smoking in public buildings in 2006, but the ordinance -- approved by the Kokomo Common Council -- included exemptions for taverns and restaurants that cater to those over the age of 21.

Lindley said three studies published since 2006 by the Surgeon General, Institute of Medicine and the World Health Organization outlined the dangers of second-hand smoke. ...

Smoking Ban Vote Could Put Ballard In Tough Spot
Revived Anti-Smoking Ordinance Leaves Mayor In Quandary
WRTV-Ch. 6 (Indianapolis, IN), 2009-11-10

A renewed effort to toughen Indianapolis' anti-smoking ordinance could put Mayor Greg Ballard in a tough position.

The City-County Council voted Monday night to put the ban, which would add bars, bowling alleys and private clubs to the current ban passed in 2005, back under consideration.

Two weeks ago, it was tabled when it didn't get the 15 votes needed to either pass or fail.

Shortly before the vote, Ballard urged Republican council members to vote no on expanding the ban to save him from issuing a veto, despite the fact that he pledged support for smoke-free work places during his election campaign, 6News' Norman Cox reported.

Stronger smoking ban gets new life
City-County Council votes to revisit proposal that had been in limbo
Indianapolis (IN) Star, 2009-11-10
Francesca Jarosz

After a setback last month that put its future in question, a proposal to ban smoking in most Indianapolis workplaces will return to the City-County Council in a few weeks.

A 16-12 council vote Monday brought the measure out of limbo, reinvigorating a heated, months-long battle pitting public health against personal freedoms. The proposed ban, which would strengthen an existing ordinance to include venues such as bars and bowling alleys, is scheduled to go before the council at its Nov. 30 meeting.

That would set up a potential showdown between the council and Mayor Greg Ballard, who has said he opposes expansion of the existing ban and made clear to council Republicans before the initial vote that he didn't want the ordinance to land on his desk.

Though lead sponsors admit they face a battle to get the measure passed, it could pick up support from some council members who previously voted against it.

Smoking ban's expiration date sparks new dispute in council
Indianapolis Star, Nov 8, 2009

Two weeks after a stricter smoking ban was tabled, the controversial fight already is resurfacing in the City-County Council.

But this time, the debate centers on when the issue would have to come back for another council vote. ...

Why Indy's behind the pack
Streak of individualism, lack of a health culture block smoking ban
Indianapolis (IN) Star, 2009-11-01
Francesca Jarosz

In fact, in the past four years, more than 250 municipalities across the country -- including 11 in Indiana -- have limited smoking in those public places. Which begs a question: What makes Indianapolis different?

Experts say it is a combination of factors: Hoosiers' reluctance to change; the absence of a strong health culture; and a cautious political climate. …

…Roland Dorson, the chamber's president, said having a comprehensive smoking ban bolsters the city's progressive image, and that helps attract talent. …

Ban goes down in flames of secrecy
Indianapolis Star, Oct 31, 2009

When the proposed ban on smoking in Indianapolis is revived -- and it almost certainly will be in time -- let's hope the air will be clear of some of the lamer arguments, as well as the behind-closed-doors politics, that helped block the initiative this week.

Let's first dispense with the silliest argument against the ban. Brad Klopfenstein, former executive director of the Indiana Licensed Beverage Association, praised the council -- and we're not making this up -- for "representing the rights of adults to make adult decisions.''

hen the proposed ban on smoking in Indianapolis is revived -- and it almost certainly will be in time -- let's hope the air will be clear of some of the lamer arguments, as well as the behind-closed-doors politics, that helped block the initiative this week.

Let's first dispense with the silliest argument against the ban. Brad Klopfenstein, former executive director of the Indiana Licensed Beverage Association, praised the council -- and we're not making this up -- for "representing the rights of adults to make adult decisions.'' ...

Ballard Weighs In On Smoking Ban Debate
Mayor: Debate Should 'Concentrate On Health'
WRTV-Ch. 6 (Indianapolis, IN), 2009-10-30

Just days after a controversial comprehensive smoking ban was voted down in the City-County Council, Mayor Greg Ballard weighed in on why he didn't actively support the ban.

When he ran for office, Ballard said he would support a smoking ban, but reports from some media outlets accused him of convincing the council to vote against the ordinance.

Ballard said Thursday that he didn't influence anyone, but that his support for the ban waned as he considered who would have been affected.

"I've been pretty clear that I'm never going to tell an Iwo Jima vet that he can't smoke in the VFW. You can take that for what it's worth," Ballard said. "I think there's something out there, but I wish they would concentrate on the health and stop demonizing everyone." ...

Council fails to protect workers from smoke
Indianapolis Star - October 30, 2009

We have experienced a disgraceful failure of the City-County Council to pass the ordinance strengthening the smoking ban in Indianapolis.

Since the initial smoking ban was passed, the science demonstrating the dangers of secondhand smoke has become even more overwhelming. Legislation to protect citizens' health occurs all the time in our society: Restaurants, for example, must have soap in their bathrooms and must properly cook meats. Seatbelt laws also are enacted for public safety. Moreover, employees in smoke-filled bars and clubs, especially in today's economy, cannot just switch jobs at will. ...

It’s no smoke: IU Southeast students protest smoking ban
They say they want a designated smoking area on campus
News-Tribune.net (The Online Edition of the New Albany Tribune and Jeffersonville (IN) Evening News), 2009-10-30
MATT THACKER

A small group of students at Indiana University Southeast protested the university's tobacco-free policy by lighting cigarettes and smoking on campus Thursday afternoon.

Three students received referrals after campus police asked them to put out their cigarettes and they refused, but the protest remained peaceful. Another half dozen students joined in the protest or carried signs but chose not to smoke.

Ian Girdley, a sophomore English and journalism major, organized what he called the "act of civil disobedience." ...

Ballard's veto threat helped kill smoking ban
Indianapolis Star - October 28, 2009

Why did the city's proposed workplace smoking ban fail?

A particularly crushing blow fell a couple of hours before the City-County Council's vote Monday night. That's when Mayor Greg Ballard walked into a closed-door meeting with council Republicans and made clear he didn't want the ordinance to land on his desk.

Until that point, the mayor had been missing in action from the monthslong debate about the smoking ordinance. He hadn't shared his views with his constituents or the media. He hadn't held a news conference or issued a statement on one of the biggest council debates of the year. He hadn't even met with the ordinance's authors.

Instead, he played the role of squishy politician, avoiding a stand on the issue as long as he could. Then, in another political move, he tried to influence the outcome in a private meeting -- a meeting the mayor's office confirmed only after sources leaked the news. ...

Tougher Indianapolis Smoking Ban Doesn't Pass
Indiana's NewsCenter - Rachel Agler - October 27, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Smoking rules for Indianapolis businesses remain unchanged after a proposal that would have banned smoking in nearly all workplaces didn't pass the City-County Council.

The council voted 13-12 against the measure Monday night, leaving it shy of the 15 votes needed to pass or fail. The proposal can be brought back for a later vote, and Republican Councilman Ben Hunter says he expects it will win approval in the next two or three months.

Opponents argued that many businesses would be threatened if the
current smoking ban exemptions for bars, bowling alleys and private
clubs were eliminated. ...

Stricter workplace smoking ban in doubt
Indianapolis Star - Francesca Jarosz - October 27, 2009

A proposal to ban smoking in nearly all Indianapolis workplaces faces an uncertain future after a narrowly divided City-County Council tabled it Monday night.

The 14-13 vote means the ordinance can return to the council agenda with majority support, but some on the council said achieving that could be difficult. The vote is the latest in a series of close decisions by the 29-member body in recent months. ...

Smokers Rejoice In Indecisive Vote
INDYchannel.com - October 27, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- A stricter smoking ban will not go into effect in Marion County anytime soon because it didn't get enough votes to pass or fail during ...

Council tables smoking ban
Indianapolis Business Journal - October 26, 2009

Efforts to broaden Indianapolis' workplace smoking ban came up short Monday night as members of the City-County Council voted to table the proposal. ...

Chamber of Commerce Endorses Smoking Ban
93.1 WIBC Indianapolis - Eric Berman - October 26, 2009

The City-County Council votes Monday night on closing nearly all the loopholes in the county's smoking ban. The Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce is endorsing the measure.

The Chamber supported the many exceptions carved into the original ordinance, including bars, clubs and bowling alleys. President Roland Dorson says it was the only way to get something passed.

He sees a different landscape this year.

"As many as seven out of 10 folks in the metropolitan region are supportive of this," Dorson says. "We've advanced the ball a little bit, and people are willing now to consider far fewer exemptions." ...

Indianapolis council to vote tonight on stricter workplace smoking ban
Indianapolis Star, Oct 26, 2009
By Francesca Jarosz francesca.jarosz@indystar.com

Early in her shift on a Wednesday night, the smell of smoke at Front Page Sports Bar & Grill already had begun to sting the nostrils of Carrie Gurney, a nonsmoker and cocktail waitress.

Just after 5 p.m., a few smokers at the half-full bar Downtown were lighting up, filling the room with a hint of the odor Gurney endures but detests.

"It's nothing I've ever wanted to be around," said Gurney, who comes from a family of nonsmokers. "To come here and be surrounded by it is annoying."

Gurney's workplace is among the bars, bowling alleys and private clubs where smoking could be stamped out with a vote of the City-County Council tonight.

Those fighting for the proposal say it's about helping employees such as Gurney who spend dozens of hours a week in workplaces filled with secondhand smoke. That's particularly true, they say, in an increasingly tough job market in which people have fewer options and are more tempted to take positions where their health might be jeopardized. ...

Arguments against ban go up in smoke
Indianapolis Star, October 25, 2009

It's time for the City-County Council to hammer home the coffin nails for some long-dead arguments that keep being propped up against the movement to clear the air in public places.

No, bars and restaurants don't sign their death warrant when they go smoke free.

No, smoking wherever you want is not a constitutional right; and when it harms other people, as secondhand smoke has been proven to do, it is a wrong.

No, property rights are not absolute for public accommodations; hence, we have fire codes and food-handling restrictions.

The council can enact a logical extension of those health and safety measures on Monday when it votes on a proposal to remove virtually all exceptions from the current anti-smoking ordinance for workplaces. Bars, bowling alleys and private clubs would cease to be exempt.

The case for going smoke free is airtight based on the facts. That does not mean there won't be heated debate, as there was in a public hearing Oct. 14 that ended with a 4-2 committee vote in favor of the ban. It would be a shame if heat were to overcome light.

"Save Indianapolis Bars," some of the opposition proclaimed on clothing tags. Yet the experience in this city, and in the 11 Indiana communities and 26 states that have outlawed smoking comprehensively, contradicts the notion that the policy hurts business.

Quite the contrary, many bars and eateries report.

Only a certain special interest stands to lose under the proposed law. Sadly, it already has compromised one council member, Dane Mahern, an opponent whose father is a tobacco lobbyist. Mahern says he'll abstain from voting. …

Clean air for progressive city
Indianapolis Star, Oct 24, 2000

The 2005 Indianapolis clean indoor-air ordinance proved to be one of the most important public health events in Indiana history. Although not the model comprehensive law that Bloomington had enacted, it served as a decisive Hoosier precedent and the catalyst for the passage of other smoke-free ordinances in communities across the state. More than 40 Indiana communities have passed some kind of smoke-free ordinance since the enactment of the Indianapolis law, including 11 comprehensive ordinances.

Unfortunately, the Indianapolis law exempts bars, bowling alleys, restaurant-bars not allowing individuals younger than 18 years, private membership clubs, and a number of other venues. Although flawed, enactment of the Indianapolis clean indoor-air ordinance was trumpeted at the time as an important public health victory.

But times have changed. It would not be hailed as a great achievement today. Reflecting a national cultural change regarding our attitudes toward tobacco use, 100 percent comprehensive smoke-free ordinances and statutes are steadily increasing in number and are now the expectation. Twenty-six states have enacted comprehensive smoke-free statutes and 340 U.S. cities have passed comprehensive ordinances. ...

Secondhand smoke's cost adds up for county
Indianapolis Star - Shari Rudavsky - October 22, 2009

Secondhand smoking costs Marion County $47.5 million or about $54 per person annually in medical expenses, a study released Wednesday by Indiana University researchers finds.

The report, which comes a week before the City-County Council will vote on a stricter workplace smoking ban, cited expenses for ambulatory care, clinic visits, prescriptions, hospital visits and loss of life among nonsmokers. It was sponsored by Smoke Free Indy and Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation. ...

Estimating the Economic Impact of Secondhand Smoke in Marion County, Indiana
March 2009

This study updates the estimate of the health-related costs of secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure to the residents of Marion County, Indiana, using current data ...

Councilman whose dad represents tobacco industry says he won't vote on smoking ban
Indianapolis Star, October 21, 2009

I called Indianapolis City-County Councilman Dane Mahern on Monday afternoon to ask about the interesting timing of an upcoming campaign fundraiser.

The fundraiser is tonight. Mahern's father, Ed, is hosting it at his Southside home and suggesting that contributors hand over checks of up to $250.

Here's the interesting thing: Ed Mahern is a lobbyist with deep connections throughout the city and state. Among his clients, he has represented the tobacco industry. In a recent filing with the state, he listed Reynolds American, the parent company of cigarette giant RJ Reynolds, as one of his clients. ...

Study finds secondhand smoke costs city millions
Indianapolis (IN) Star, 2009-10-21, Shari Rudavski

Secondhand smoking costs Marion County $47.5 million annually in additional medical expenses, a study released today by Indiana University finds.

That adds up to about $54 a person, reported the study, sponsored by Smoke Free Indy and the Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Agency.

Businesses, the government, and private individuals bear the brunt of the cost that comes from ambulatory care, clinic visits, prescriptions, hospital visits and loss of life, the study found.

The release of the study came as the Indianapolis City Council is poised to vote Monday on a stricter workplace smoking ban that would include most workplaces, including bars and bowling alleys. A council committee has given the proposal a positive recommendation. ...

Council panel OKs workplace smoking ban
Indianapolis Star, Oct 15, 2009 | By Francesca Jarosz

A proposal to ban smoking in nearly all Marion County workplaces received an endorsement from a City-County Council committee Wednesday night.

The 4-2 vote came after three hours of passionate debate about the importance of public health and the value of personal liberty.

More than 200 people, including bar owners and health professionals, packed the Public Assembly Room at the City-County Building to offer testimony. Proponents donned stickers that said, "Make All Indianapolis Workplaces Smoke Free," while opponents sported tags that said, "Save Indianapolis Bars."

The ordinance, which was introduced to the council earlier this month and has received support from leaders of the city's hospitals, would strengthen an existing ordinance prohibiting smoking in most restaurants and public spaces such as hotel lobbies. ...

Tougher smoking ban passes committee
Indianapolis Business Journal - October 15, 2009

A tougher workplace smoking ban is closer to reality in Indianapolis.

An ordinance that would prohibit lighting up in bars, bowling alleys and nightclubs, and nearby outdoor seating areas as well, was endorsed 4-2 by a City-County Council committee Wednesday night. The full council could vote on the measure as early as Oct. 26.

City-County Councilor Angela Mansfield, a Democrat, is co-sponsoring the proposal along with Republican Ben Hunter.

The city's current ban already prohibits smoking in most public places but allows exceptions for private clubs, bowling alleys and taverns. An amendment to the new proposal that passed last night would still allow smoking in cigar and hookah bars, but it would cap the number of licenses available for such establishments.

Hearing tonight for Indy workplace smoke ban
Indianapolis Star - Francesca Jarosz - October 14, 2009

A City-County Council committee will hear public testimony tonight on a proposal to ban smoking in all workplaces, including bars, bowling alleys and nightclubs.

The ordinance, which strengthens an existing law prohibiting smoking in most restaurants and public spaces such as hotel lobbies, was introduced in council earlier this month. ...

Anti-smoking advocates release study results
WTHR - October 13, 2009

Indianapolis - A new study was released Tuesday on secondhand smoke in Indianapolis. The study measured air quality at ten workplaces in the city.
The group Smoke-Free Indy found the indoor air pollution was 11 times higher in these venues compared to smoke-free establishments.

"It is time to enact a comprehensive public health ordinance that seeks to protect workers in Indianapolis - our patients - from the adverse health effects of secondhand smoke. It is unconscionable especially in this current economy to place our citizens in a position of having to decide between their own health and whether or not to keep their current job," said Dr. Christopher Doehring, St. Francis Hospital.

The results were announced at Crackers Comedy Club, a smoke- free venue. This comes as the City-County Council considers expanding the smoking ban to all work places in Indianapolis.

Indianapolis Air Quality Monitoring Study
Roswell Park Cancer Institute, October 2009

This study assessed indoor air quality in 10 indoor locations in Indianapolis, Indiana. These locations included bars, restaurants, nightclubs, and off-track betting and all locations permitted indoor smoking.

The study found a level of fine particle air pollution that was 11 times higher than in smokefree venues and 12 times higher than outdoor pollution levels in Marion County.

Ballard must emerge from haze of smoking debate
Indianapolis Star, Oct 9, 2009

... -needed ban would close many of the loopholes included in Marion County's original anti-smoking ordinance. It would snuff off smoking in bars, bowling alleys and private clubs, and ...

Mayor Ballard: Fever, smoking ban and greening Indy
WTHR - October 8, 2009

Indianapolis - Mayor Greg Ballard joined Eyewitness News Thursday morning to talk about the Indiana Fever as well as a number of other issues impacting the city right now. ...

Regarding an expanded smoking ban proposed by the City-County Council this week, Ballard said, "I think people know I don't like to be around smoking at all. It just makes me physically sick. I just don't like to be around it. There's gotta be a balance. It depends what the ordinance is gonna look like when it comes up. It's always the workers' health, if you will, and the health of the people around, versus the rights of the business. And that's really the balance that's always there. Sometimes the government can get a little too oppressive. We'll just see what the ordinance looks like when it comes across." ...

Why Indy is late to ban smoking
Indianapolis Business Journal - October 6, 2009

As the City-County Council takes up a proposal to close loopholes in its anti-smoking ordinance, it seems like Indianapolis is one of the last large cities to ban smoking.

It isn’t, of course. Cincinnati, Detroit and Milwaukee continue to allow considerable latitude. Yet­still close to home­Chicago and Columbus, Ohio, are smoke-free in work places, restaurants and freestanding bars, according to Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights. So is Louisville, the largest city in the tobacco haven of Kentucky. …

VIDEO: Smoking Ban Controversy at Marion County City-Council Meeting
WXIN-TV Fox 59 (Indiannapolis, IN), 2009-10-06

The proposed smoking ban expansion in Marion County has far reaching ramifications and opponents have already begun to spark up debate. . . .
Recent data gathered and published by IUPUI suggests residents in Marion County are also behind the initiative. The survey shows nearly 70% of adults would support a comprehensive ban. Another 43% say they would continue to go out to bars and restaurants even if they could no longer inhale. ...

City leaders discuss expanded smoking ban
WTHR - October 5, 2009

Indianapolis - If the City of Indianapolis passes a total ban on smoking in bars, Brett Cooper says it will have a big affect on his entertainment plans.

"I will not be going out as much, by no means," says Cooper.

And neither says Cooper will the money he spends in those bars.

"Nobody wants to stand outside in the snow and smoke a cigarette," explained Cooper.

But if a new comprehensive smoking ban passes, that's just where Cooper would find himself if he wants to smoke.

"Alcohol and cigarettes go hand in hand," says Cooper.

Democratic Councilor Angie Mansfield and Republican Ben Hunter introduced the proposal to expand the current ban already in place at Monday's City County Council Meeting.

The current ban prohibits smoking in Indianapolis restaurants, and public spaces like hotel lobbies and elevators.

Some like Brothers in Broadripple went smoke-free from the beginning.

"Hey people like it. That's all there is to it," said Brothers supervisor Jesse Trent. ...

Smoking ban enforcement beefed up at Statehouse
Fox 28 - October 5, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Put those cigarettes out or move on.

That's the message state officials are sending by stepping up enforcement of a smoking ban on the grounds of the Statehouse and Government Center complex in Indianapolis.

A memo sent to all agency heads and state employees says the smoking ban put in place by Gov. Mitch Daniels in 2006 has been violated continually. Many people have been smoked just outside the Statehouse and Government Center buildings since the ban took effect. ...

Complete workplace smoking ban proposed
City-County Council will discuss including bars, bowling alleys, clubs
Indianapolis (IN) Star, 2009-10-01
Francesca Jarosz

Smokers in Indianapolis soon could be banned from lighting up in bars, bowling alleys and nightclubs.

In coming weeks, the City-County Council will debate a proposal to strengthen an existing workplace smoking ban that prohibits lighting up in Indianapolis restaurants and public spaces such as hotel lobbies and elevators.

The new ordinance, to be introduced to the council Monday, would eliminate exemptions and give Indianapolis a comprehensive ban similar to those in 11 other Indiana communities and 26 states, including Illinois and Ohio.

"We're way behind on this," said Missy Lewis, chairwoman of Smoke Free Indy, a coalition of health advocates that lobbied for the existing ban. "This is about people being able to be healthy in their workplace."
Even with momentum for smoking bans in the state and nationwide, the debate is expected to be heated. ...

Commissioner Files Lawsuit Against His Own Commission
WDTV - October 2, 2009

... county's Board of Health, or suspend the Clean Indoor Air Act. For now, enforrcement of the ban is on hold, until after the health board's next meeting.

VIDEO: Marion County looks to expand smoking ban
WTHR 13 (Indianapolis, IN), 2009-10-01

There are new efforts to ban smoking in all workplaces in Marion County, but not everyone is on board with the idea.

City-County Councilor Angie Mansfield (D) and Councilor Ben Hunter (R) say it's time that the city snuff out smoking in all workplaces.

Chris Matzenbacher, who lives in Chesterfield, is not happy about expanding the smoking ban.

"If you can drink a beer, you should be able to smoke a cigarette," he argued. "I go into adult places so I can drink, smoke and eat. I think they're going to lose all construction workers."

Still, the tide appears to be turning against smokers.

Purdue floats smoke-free proposal
Lafayette (IN) Journal & Courier, 2009-10-02
BREANNE JESIONOWSKI

Purdue University is considering a policy that would ban smoking anywhere on campus and in university vehicles. The university is now gathering feedback on the issue from the Purdue community.

If the proposal is approved, Purdue University will be one of more than 300 universities nationwide with a smoke-free campus. A similar policy already is in effect at several other Indiana colleges and universities, including Indiana University's Bloomington campus.

The proposal is being considered because of evidence of the effects of secondhand smoke, said Alphonso Diaz, executive vice president for business and finance and treasurer.

He added that smoking by faculty and staff contributes to increased absences, higher insurance rates, and lower productivity.

Graduate student Jessica Raffelson is adamantly against the proposal. ...

Westfield approves smoking ban
Indianapolis Star - Chris Sikich - September 14, 2009

Westfield has snuffed out smoking in workplaces and some restaurants.

The City Council on Monday unanimously approved a smoking ban that prohibits lighting up in public places, including outdoor arenas, stadiums and amphitheaters, indoor workplaces such as offices, as well as restaurants and bars that allow people younger than 21 years old. ...

Casinos spend freely to keep cigarettes lit
Gary Post Tribune - Gary,IN,USA, September 14, 2009

An Indiana General Assembly interim study commission met recently to look at the state's gaming industry and contemplate changes for the future.

Coinciding with that study committee was a report released by the Americans Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation.

The report concludes that the gaming industry has used its clout -- and money -- to oppose and defeat statewide comprehensive smoke-free workplace legislation.
Some of the findings of the study include ...

Westfield to vote on smoking ban
Indianapolis Star - September 14, 2009

The City Council tonight will vote on a proposed smoking ban.

The measure would permit smoking in bars or restaurants in which only people 21 and older are allowed, a change from an earlier proposal. The ban would prohibit smoking in public places including outdoor arenas, stadiums and amphitheaters, enclosed places of employment such as offices, and restaurants and bars that allow people younger than 21. ...

Westfield City Council will vote on smoking ban
Indianapolis Star, Sep 10, 2009 | By Chris Sikich

Smokers might be down to their last pack in Westfield.

The City Council will vote on a smoking ban at its meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at City Hall.

The measure would permit smoking in bars or restaurants in which only people 21 and older are allowed, a change from an earlier proposal. The ban would prohibit smoking in public places including outdoor arenas, stadiums and amphitheaters, enclosed places of employment such as offices, and restaurants and bars that allow people younger than 21.

Carmel and Indianapolis have similar ordinances. Franklin, Plainfield and Zionsville have smoking bans that include bars. ...

Westfield smoking-ban proposal set for a Sept.14 vote
Indianapolis (IN) Star, 2009-08-26

he City Council is poised to vote on a proposed smoking ban next month.
This week, the council saw changes made to the proposal. The biggest would allow smoking in bars or restaurants in which only people ages 21 and older are allowed.

The ban would prohibit smoking in public places, including outdoor arenas, stadiums and amphitheaters, enclosed places of employment such as offices, and restaurants and bars that admit people younger than 21. ...

ANR Foundation's Gaming the Legislature Series: The Gaming Industry Stacks the Deck Against Smokefree Workplaces in Indiana
August 24, 2009

A study commissioned by the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation reveals gaming interests reported more than $3.6 million in lobbying expenditures in a two-year period ending April 30, 2009, according to Indiana public records.

Individuals employed by lobbying organizations that represent casinos and horse tracks reported giving more than $228,000 to state political party committees and legislative caucus committees in 2008. ...

Council to vote on amended smoking ban proposal Sept. 14
Indianapolis (IN) Star, 2009-08-25
Chris Sikich

The Westfield City Council will vote on a smoking ban next month.
Indianapolis and Carmel have already implemented partial smoking bans and Fishers is considering a ban.

The Westfield City Council is scheduled to vote on its proposed smoking ban at 7 p.m. Sept. 14 at City Hall. Monday, the council saw changes to the proposal. The biggest would allow smoking in bars or restaurants in which only people ages 21 and over are allowed.

The ban would prohibit smoking in public places including outdoor arenas, stadiums and amphitheaters, enclosed places of employment such as offices as well as restaurants and bars that allow people younger than 21 years old. ...

Hookah store seeks a new approach to brand
Smoke N' Peace replaces downtown spot left vacant after Revolutions closed
Indiana Statesman (Indiana State U.), 2009-08-18
Trever Fehrenbach

Some things in life just go together: peanut butter and jelly, movies and popcorn, coffee and cigarettes. Perhaps the latter is what Pete Wilson had in mind when he opened Smoke N' Peace next to his coffee shop, Coffee Grounds.

Formerly Revolutions, a head shop that had been opened for the better part of the last decade, Smoke N' Peace is a tobacco shop offering tobacco and hookah products, such as hoses and mouthpieces to connect to the large pipes.

Once Revolutions decided to liquidate its inventory and close its doors, Wilson, who owns the building, saw an opportunity to reestablish the storefront with a new approach.

"The ultimate goal besides the selling of tobacco is to create a hookah den with New York style seating," Wilson said. "I plan to have a den with seats on the floor and have room for about 14 people. There is a high demand in this town for hookah tobacco, typically the mid-20's crowd, both female and male." . . .

With the smoking ban in effect for ISU, which now prohibits the sale of cigarettes, and with gas stations several blocks away, Smoke N' Peace could be a convenient stop for smokers in the downtown area and for those close to campus, Wilson hopes. ...

Still too soon to judge effectiveness of "smoking islands"
Smokers complain about size, convenience of smoking areas created under new campus ordinance
Indiana Statesman (Indiana State U.), 2009-08-18
Nick Hedrick

When it's time to clock out for their cigarette break, ISU employees Kay Harney and Bob White no longer head for a picnic table.
Instead, they're limited to the nearest "smoking island" - a small, fiberglass shelter resembling a bus stop in Lot 24, one of seven located throughout campus.

Both of them found the picnic table more convenient.

"[University officials] shouldn't bother the smokers," said Harney, a housekeeper who has smoked for 15 years, as she finished her cigarette. "We should have rights, too."

Two weeks into ISU's smoking ban, the message of not lighting up on campus seemed to be received. ...

Revisiting smoking ban
Fishers Town Council is taking another look at issue, after voting it down in 2006
Indianapolis (IN) Star, 2009-08-08
Carrie Ritchie

A smoking ban is back on Fishers' radar.

The Town Council voted against a proposed ban in 2006, but a new survey shows that more than 80 percent of residents would support a ban.

Fishers is not drafting an ordinance yet, but council members said they might consider it because people have asked for it.

A National Citizen Survey that about 420 randomly selected Fishers residents completed this year shows 83 percent of those residents support a smoking ban.

And many residents have contacted council members to give their support.

"I get that e-mail more than any other issue," Town Council President Scott Faultless said. ...

Gay Bars Go Smoke-Free
93.1 WIBC Indianapolis - Joe Ulery - August 5, 2009

Two Indianapolis gay bars aren't waiting for lawmakers to make them smoke-free.

Greg's Place and Talbot Street Bar went smoke-free voluntarily last Saturday.

Phil Denton owns Greg's Place on 16th Street and says a survey of more than 700 customers determined about 72 percent wanted a smoke-free bar.

Denton's business was not affected by the change when the smoking ban went into effect. He says about 99 percent of patrons were pleased with the change. While the bar is smoke-free, smoking is permitted on the bar's patio. ...

Elkhart fails to approve smoking ban exemption
South Bend (IN) Tribune, 2009-08-04
TROY KEHOE WSBT-TV Report

Nearly three hours of debate ended without a single change. The Elkhart city council voted 5-4 against an exemption that would have allowed smoking inside bars and pubs, so long as they only allowed those over the age of 21 inside.

Democrat Dave Osborne joined Republicans Brian Thomas, David Henke and Mary Olson voting in favor of the proposed changes. Democrats Ron Troyer, Brent Curry, Tonda Hines, Ralph Bean and Council President Rod Roberson voted against it.

City leaders passed the original smoking ban in April 2008, but bars had one year to comply. ...

Elkhart reconsiders smoking ban
Fox 28 - July 21, 2009

The city of Elkhart is considering extinguishing its smoking ban.

The city council introduced an ordinance Monday night that would amend the two-month-old smoking ban. The amendment would permit smoking in bars that exclusively serve adults 21 and older. Smoking would still be prohibited in other restaurants and public buildings.

The council did not vote Monday and will open the issue up to public comment at its August 3 meeting. They're expected to vote on the proposal next month. ...

Westfield council looks at smoking ban
Indianapolis (IN) Star, 2009-07-19

Westfield -- The City Council has decided some smoking restrictions are necessary.

"I don't think that's something that can be avoided any further," council member Bob Smith said.

The City Council appointed a three-member committee to consider changing a proposed smoking ban. . . .

The proposed ordinance bans smoking in all public places, including restaurants, bars, businesses and 80 percent of hotel rooms.

The majority of the people who spoke at a public hearing last month supported a ban. ...

Westfield may soften proposed smoking ban
Indianapolis Star - Carrie Ritchie - July 16, 2009

A vote on Westfield's proposed smoking ban is at least another month away, but the City Council decided Monday some restrictions are necessary.

"I don't think that's something that can be avoided any further," council member Bob Smith said. ...

Smoking prevention takes big hit in new budget
Indianapolis Star, Wed Jul 15, 2009

By definition, bottom-line budget decisions are usually regrettable. That's because they're often made with short-term goals in mind, regardless of long-term consequences.

Gov. Mitch Daniels and Indiana lawmakers made one such decision in the closing days of this year's legislative session: They took a whack out of the state's well-respected but perpetually underfunded anti-smoking program. The decision to slash spending on the Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation program was not surprising; plenty of other programs took hits this year. But the size of the cut -- roughly 33 percent -- stunned many working hard to reduce the state's smoking rate. ...

Smoking ban causes controversy
Huntington (IN) Herald-Press, 2009-07-13
MIA BLOCHER

The Huntington County Commissioners' decision to ban tobacco from all county-owned properties is causing some controversy among employees.

The motion passed 2-1 with Commissioner Jerry Helvie voting no to ban smoking, chewing tobacco and other tobacco products from the Highway Department, the Courthouse, the Courthouse Annex, the County Jail, all property surrounding the facilities and all county-owned and leased vehicles after January 1, 2010.

"We have three or four guys that smoke ...

Smoking ban on Westfield council agenda again
Indianapolis (IN) Star, 2009-07-11
Carrie Ritchie

The Westfield City Council will consider but not vote on a proposed smoking ban again Monday.

The ordinance, which Council President Ken Kingshill introduced in May, would ban smoking in all public places, including restaurants, bars, businesses and 80 percent of hotel rooms.

Four council members have said they oppose the ban or want a less restrictive one. Council members listened but did not discuss the proposal during a public hearing on the ban in June. ...

Fort Wayne cigar club limited by legal twist
Owner fumes after police tell him members can't bring in liquor.
Fort Wayne(IN) News-Sentinel, 2009-07-11
Kevin Leininger of The News-Sentinel

Fort Wayne's first cigar bar has been snuffed out before it even opened - but its owner says he's not about to quit.

"I'm not looking for a loophole, but we are working on options. This is very frustrating. I put my whole savings into this place," said Dan Hoffman, who was notified by Indiana Excise Police Friday that his Esquire Cigar Club at 1036 S. Thomas Road violated state liquor laws, even though he never intended to sell alcoholic beverages.

The problem, Hoffman said, involved his plan to allow club members to bring in their own liquor and store it in individual lockers. Although Hoffman contends charging an annual membership fee made the business a private club, he said excise police informed him they consider the Esquire a public business - and unable to accommodate alcohol without the necessary permits. ...

Two years later, WL smoking ban yields few complaints
The Exponent - Mikel Livingston - July 10, 2009

It’s been two years since the smoking ban took effect in West Lafayette and complaints have been minimal.

Since the smoking ban, which prohibits smoking at indoor bars and restaurants, passed on July 1, 2007, the West Lafayette Police Department has received four complaints – two in 2007 and one each in the following two years.

Capt. Mike Francis of the West Lafayette Police said the lack of complaints is a testament to the public’s cooperation. ...

Youthful smokers snuff out
Rate at record low, state survey says
Fort Wayne (IN) Journal-Gazette, 2009-07-10
Michael Schroeder The Journal Gazette

"I just don't want to get addicted and suffer when I'm old," Pacheco said. The Northrop High School student was one of a record majority of Indiana youths who - responding to a survey last year - said they didn't smoke.

According to the report released Thursday by Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation, youth smoking rates in the state have dropped to the lowest levels on record.

The organization's executive director and a local health official said the main reasons for the decline were ordinances in the state banning smoking in public places, including Fort Wayne's comprehensive smoking ban; higher cigarette prices brought on by a 2007 state cigarette tax increase; and education.

Smoking rates among high school students dropped from 23.2 percent in 2006 to 18.3 percent in 2008, a decline of 21 percent. The totals come from a survey of about 3,700 students in the state. ...

Purdue Calumet is going 'smoke-free'
Purdue University Calumet News - July 9, 2009

Bars seek exemption from Elkhart smoking ban
WSBT-TV - Ed Ernstes - July 6, 2009

ELKHART — More than a year after the City of Elkhart banned smoking, there could be changes to the controversial ordinance.

Restaurants went smoke free immediately, but the city gave bars one year to comply. That exemption expired in May. The city council is now considering a request to revamp the rules. ...

County makes changes in smoking ordinance
Greenfield Daily Reporter - Erin Meyer - June 30, 2009

GREENFIELD - The Hancock County Commissioners have decided to cut bar owners a little slack on the newly enacted smoking ban.

At the urging of two local proprietors, the commissioners decided to reduce the outdoor nonsmoking buffer from 25 feet to 10 feet outside an entrance. The commissioners also agreed to void smoking citations and fines issued by the county health department to Richalle Turner, owner of Ro's Bar & Grill in Greenfield. In the future, outdoor smokers who violate the ban will get citations, not the business owners. ...

Smoking foes hail city ban as model
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette - June 1, 2009

Two years after its inception, Fort Wayne’s comprehensive smoking ban is being touted across the state.

While the debate over prohibiting smoking hasn’t been completely snuffed, city officials said there is little chance it will be rescinded and other groups hope to expand it to other communities or statewide.

Smoking was outlawed in nearly all of Fort Wayne’s public indoor workplaces, including restaurants and bars, June 1, 2007. ...

City hopes to curb smoking gripes
Gary Post Tribune - May 29, 2009

VALPARAISO -- City officials want to head off a clash between the anti-smoking ordinance, outdoor dining and businesses that put cigarette receptacles outside their doors.

Under city ordinance, smoking is not allowed within 15 feet of businesses.

However, some businesses have receptacles to put out cigarettes outside their doors, which also isn't allowed, and some restaurants have receptacles inside their outdoor dining areas. ...

Smoking in Elkhart bars to end Friday
South Bend Tribune - May 13, 2009

ELKHART — Ron Diller owns two bars in Elkhart. He says a smoking ban beginning Friday for bars will damage his businesses.

Elkhart went smoke-free May 15 at all public places and workplaces. A one-year exemption let 22 bars allow smoking. Friday, that year is up.

Diller says 85 to 90 percent of customers at Barney's Bar on Hammond Avenue smoke, and about 75 percent at Brownstown Lounge on South Main Street downtown light up. ...

Poll shows support for county-wide smoking ban
WTHR - May 12, 2009

Indianapolis - Smoke Free Indy says a new poll of Marion County residents shows overwhelming support for a comprehensive smoking ban.

The poll, conducted by the Survey Research Center at IUPUI, found that 69.5 percent support a ban on smoking in all workplaces, including bars, restaurants and bowling alleys.

Of those surveyed, 43 percent said a ban would have no impact on the number of times they frequented bars or restaurants, 16.1 percent said a ban would cause them to go out less and 40.3 percent said they would go out more. ...

Westfield considers a smoking ban
Indianapolis Star - May 11, 2009

Westfield City Council members will hear a draft of an ordinance that would ban smoking in public places at tonight's meeting.

The ordinance would prohibit smoking in several establishments, including restaurants, bars, businesses and 80 percent of hotel rooms. Smoking would also be banned in outdoor seating areas at restaurants and sports venues. People and businesses could pay fines from $50 to $500 if they violate the ordinance. ...

Anti-Smoking Advocates Working One City at a Time
93.1 WIBC Indianapolis - May 11, 2009

Anti-smoking advocates failed in their quest for a statewide smoking ban. Now they've redoubled their efforts to strengthen bans one city at a time.

"What we have now is certainty that we must seek this change that we're looking for at the local level," says Tim Filler with Smoke Free Indy. "It would have been great for state legislators to adopt a comprehensive law that covers all workers, but they haven't done that."

Franklin passed a smoking ban last week, and Westfield is scheduled to vote on one June 8. Supporters have been running ads and holding town meetings in Indianapolis, trying to build support for repealing an exemption for bars in Marion County's current smoking ordinance.

Filler notes 15 of the 29 City-County Council members are new to the council since that ordinance passed in 2005. He says backers are in the process of contacting council members, and won't push to introduce a tougher ordinance until they're confident they have the votes to pass it. ...

Matthew Tully: Franklin leads with smoking ban
Indianapolis (IN) Star, 2009-05-08
Matthew Tully

This city of 22,000 took a courageous stand this week -- one that undoubtedly will leave bruised feelings but ultimately will serve as a proud mark on the city's history.

Along the way, Franklin put its big-city neighbor to the north to shame, passing a smoking ban that far surpasses Indianapolis' watered-down law.

Franklin joins a small collection of ambitious, forward-thinking Indiana cities and towns -- including Zionsville, Plainfield and Bloomington -- that ban smoking even in bars, a much-needed nod to the health of the men and women serving our drinks. . . .

Despite the inevitable anger that comes with every debate about smoking, council President William T. Murphy said roughly 80 percent of the calls he received about the ban in recent weeks were in favor of the stricter ordinance. Still, the debate will continue. Critics talk passionately about individual freedom and business concerns. But in the end, the most important issue to consider is public health, Murphy said.
"A lot of people said we should wait for the state to pass a statewide ban," he said. "But this was a very important issue, and it's our role to do what's best for our citizens."

The city of Franklin did just that this week. Now it's time for Indianapolis to follow the lead of its much smaller neighbor to the south ....

Franklin adopts wide-ranging smoking ban
Indianapolis (IN) Star, 2009-05-05

Franklin City Council on Monday adopted a wide-ranging smoking ban that prohibits smoking in bars and bingo halls.

The measure is a stricter version of an ordinance that was adopted in November 2006.

In addition to bars and bingo halls, the ordinance bans smoking in private clubs and enclosed public places, including convention and gaming facilities and all enclosed places of employment. The ordinance also includes outdoor seating at restaurants.

The ban also prohibits smoking in enclosed city-owned facilities, which includes vehicles owned, leased or operated by the city, as well as all hotel rooms within the city. ...

Statewide smoking ban now appears dead
Gary (IN) Post-Tribune, 2009-04-23
John Byrne Post-Tribune staff writer

A local lawmaker's bid to ban smoking in most indoor public places statewide got relit briefly Wednesday, but now appears to be snuffed out.

State Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, inserted language banning smoking everywhere except casinos and other gambling establishments into a bill dealing with mental health issues.

Brown's late session conference committee gambit apparently failed, however, as the Senate Republican member of the committee refused to agree to the amended bill.

Sen. Connie Lawson, R-Danville, explained she could not agree to the ban because it never received a proper Senate hearing earlier in the session. ...

Indiana lawmaker launches new push for state smoking ban
Evansville Courier & Press - April 22, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana legislator is trying to revive a proposal that would ban smoking statewide, although casinos would be exempt.

Democratic Rep. Charlie Brown of Gary wants to amend another one of his bills to include a smoking ban in most public indoor places. He says he is willing to carve out the exception for gambling facilities as a compromise since casino lobbyists say a ban there would hurt business. ...

Smoking restrictions set at Courthouse
New prohibited areas will take effect May 1
Kokomo (IN) Tribune, 2009-04-21
KEN de la BASTIDE Tribune staff writer

Beginning May 1, new restrictions will be placed on smokers outside the Howard County Courthouse.

On Monday, the county commissioners approved a motion that will limit smoking to the north and south sides of the building. Smoking will be prohibited at the two entrances on the east and west sides.
In 2006, the county complied with the city of Kokomo's smoking ban that prohibits smoking in all public buildings with exceptions for bars and bowling alleys.

After receiving complaints from non-smokers who were forced to walk through smoke to enter the courthouse through the public entrance on the east side of the building and the employee entrance on the west side, the commissioners voted to adopt a new policy. ...

Smoke-free workplaces to be discussed during Town Hall
Brazil (IN) Times, 2009-04-12
JASON JACOBS, Times Staff Reporter

The focus of the dangers of secondhand smoke is moving into the workplace.

The Clay County Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Coalition (CCTPCC) will conduct a Town Hall meeting Thursday, April 16, at 7 p.m., at the YMCA of Clay County, 225 E. Kruzan St., to discuss smoke-free workplaces in Brazil.

"This is more of an educational forum for the community to learn about the importance of smoke-free work environments," CCTPCC Program Director Kandace Brown told The Brazil Times.

According to the Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation web site (www.itpc.in.gov), of the top 10 largest employers from each county in the state, 84 percent of them have smoke-free indoor work areas, but only 32 percent have created completely smoke-free grounds.

The meeting will feature five speakers addressing a variety of topics. ...

City Seeks To Eliminate Smoking Ban Exemptions
INDYchannel.com - April 10, 2009

FRANKLIN, Ind. -- The city of Franklin is considering toughening its smoking ban because of businesses that are skirting the current law. ...

Crown Point marks smoke-free year
Gary Post Tribune - April 1, 2009

By Diane Krieger Spivak CROWN POINT -- The city's restaurant smoking ban marks its one-year anniversary today and, by most accounts, it's been a big success ...

Monroe Co. bans smoking in car with kids
Indianapolis Star - March 27, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The Monroe County commissioners have approved an expansion of the county’s smoking ban to prohibit smoking in vehicles carrying children.

Commissioners voted 2-1 in favor of the ban at a meeting today, one day after the county’s Board of Health unanimously recommended the move.

The ordinance will carry a fine of $100 for a person caught smoking in a vehicle carrying a child age 13 or younger. Police officers would not be able to stop a car just to enforce the ordinance.

Statewide smoking ban running into snags
News Sentinel - March 25, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS — Legislative efforts to ban smoking in public places statewide could be up in smoke.

Indiana lawmakers are clashing over whether they should try to pass a watered-down bill or sacrifice this year's proposal in hopes of passing a stricter rule later.

The Democrat-controlled House approved legislation last month that would ban smoking in some places while allowing it in casinos and many bars. But the proposal has hit a snag in the GOP-led Senate, where the bill's sponsor does not want exemptions included in the legislation.

The Senate's public policy committee is unlikely to approve a strict smoking ban, said chairman Sen. Ron Alting, R-Lafayette. Alting personally supports a ban without exemptions, but said he's not going to waste time hearing testimony about the bill if it has no future. ...

Hancock Co. axes smoking in public
WISH - March 25, 2009

HANCOCK COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) - Hancock County officially put in effect a comprehensive smoke-free ordinance. This comes after action taken in December 2008 by the Hancock County Commissioners.

The move makes all public places, including restaurants, bars, and membership clubs completely smoke free.

“We are pleased and excited to see this ordinance adopted,” says Brandee Bastin, M.A., tobacco initiative coordinator, Hancock Regional Hospital. “A great deal of appreciation goes to the Commissioners for all their hard work in protecting a great number of Hancock County workers from secondhand smoke exposure”.

Study: Smoking Bans Don't Hurt Bars, Casinos
WIBC 91.3 FM (Indianapolis, IN), 2009-03-24
Eric Berman

An Indiana University review of state and local smoking bans concludes bars and casinos have nothing to fear economically, and might even benefit.

IU didn't conduct its own study, but examined 49 past peer-reviewed studies of the effects of smoking laws from New York to Fort Wayne. 47 of them found no economic harm to business.

Monroe County could ban smoking in cars with kids
Chicago Tribune - March 24, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Monroe County Board of Health is considering a proposal to prohibit smoking in vehicles carrying children.

The board will hold a public forum Thursday in Bloomington and county commissioners will consider the proposal on Friday.

Support growing for smokefree workplaces
Terre Haute Tribune Star - March 4, 2009

A poll conducted at the end of January and released recently finds that voters in every region of the state and across political party lines strongly support a statewide law prohibiting smoking inside all workplaces, including restaurants, bars and casinos, according to a news release from CHANCES for Indiana Youth.

By a nearly 2-to-1-margin (64 percent to 34 percent), Hoosier voters support a law prohibiting smoking “in indoor public places, including workplaces, public buildings, offices, casinos, restaurants and bars.” Nearly half of all voters (49 percent) strongly favor such a law. Support for a smokefree workplace law is up 5 percentage points from a similar poll conducted at the same time last year. Support for a smokefree law is evident across party lines, with a majority of Republicans (66 percent), independents (59 percent) and Democrats (65 percent) supporting the measure. ...

Faith leaders lobby at Statehouse for smoking ban
Faith leaders visit Statehouse to show support for stricter ban
Indianapolis (IN) Star, 2009-03-04
Shari Rudavsky

Joining hands around a no-smoking symbol on the floor of the Statehouse Rotunda, about 40 faith leaders and others gathered Tuesday to support a comprehensive statewide ban on smoking in the workplace.

Six hundred white paper bags filled with battery-operated votive candles" formed a cigarette with a strike through it. Each was meant to represent two of the 1,200 lives lost to secondhand-smoke in Indiana each year, organizers of the rally said.

The Indiana House last month passed a watered-down version of a workplace smoking bill that would exempt bars and casinos. Now the state Senate will decide whether to strengthen the bill, keep it as is or crush it altogether.

Faith leaders have an important voice to add to the smoke-free crusade, members of the Hoosier Faith and Health Coalition who participated said.

"For too long, the faith community has left the health of people to the medical industry and focused on the spiritual," said Matthew Ellis, executive director of the National Episcopal Health Ministries...

EDITORIAL: Blowing smoke
Evansville (IN) Courier & Press, 2009-02-25

Any significant outcome would be determined by six members of the City Council -- a majority -- who seem satisfied with exempting bars, taverns and restaurants from their smoking ban on public places.
If that position holds, the losers will be the employees and customers of businesses who are exposed to secondhand smoke. . . .

But Tornatta is correct in that as long as six of the nine city council members believe the city smoking ordinance is OK as they wrote it, nothing productive is going to happen and secondhand smoke will continue to be a health risk in our city and county bars.

Only Democrat Wendy Bredhold and Republican Jeff Kniese are with Adams on the City Council in saying they would entertain a tougher smoking ordinance.

It is a shame, in an era when communities all across the country are clearing their inside air of toxic smoke, that six Evansville City Council members feel it is OK to allow smoking in enclosed public places. But here is the thinking that we are up against:

AVERY: Tobacco's elected friends
South Bend (IN) Tribune, 2009-02-20
PATTY AVERY

Passed on Tuesday by the Indiana House of Representatives, House Bill 1213 was originally designed to protect all Hoosier workers from the deadly hazards of secondhand smoke by making all workplaces, including bars, restaurants and casinos, smoke-free. Unfortunately, the House Public Policy Committee gutted the bill and removed provisions protecting all workers from the deadly chemicals found in secondhand smoke before sending it to the full House.

By accepting these limitations, the legislature is denying the concerns of a clear majority of Hoosiers. . . .

Every independent economic impact study examining sales tax data has found no negative economic impact from secondhand smoke laws in communities across the country, and some have found an increase in business. The only studies showing economic losses have been conducted or paid for by the tobacco industry.

On the other hand, we definitely know what secondhand smoke costs the Indiana economy. . . .

Now it's up to the Indiana Senate to make fact-based decisions and side with our workers and the majority of Hoosiers -- not Big Tobacco and its allies. In its current form, HB 1213 is a flawed and backward-looking measure.

Plainfield's smoking ban may be helping town's food and beverage tax, official says
Smoking ban might be getting more folks to eat out and pay town tax, official says
Indianapolis (IN) Star, 2009-02-19
Bruce C. Smith

Plainfield's collection of food and beverage taxes has continued to climb despite the recession and the town's ban on smoking in public places.
"Based on the dollars coming in, there could be a case made that the (smoking ban) had a more positive than negative impact on Plainfield," said town Clerk-Treasurer Wes Bennett.

"Apparently, people are still eating out."

In public meetings, Town Council members have pointed to the growth in the food and beverage tax collections as a sign that the 2-year-old smoking ban hasn't harmed the local restaurant business.

EDITORIAL: Workers deserve tougher smoke ban
Indianapolis (IN) Star, 2009-02-18

It remains far from becoming law, but a proposed statewide ban on smoking in most workplaces is more palatable now that the Indiana House added an amendment that protects strong local ordinances.

House Bill 1213, as originally proposed by state Rep. Charlie Brown, would have cleared the air in almost all workplaces in Indiana, including bars and restaurants.

Unfortunately, Brown's bill was weakened significantly in committee, including exclusion for bars and casinos. Even worse, as altered, the bill would have wiped out stricter laws in cities and counties across the state. . . .

What changed in Indianapolis after the ban? Many diners report a more enjoyable experience now that the smoke has cleared. More important, workers' health is better protected.

Employees across the state, regardless of where they earn their paychecks, should be given the same safeguard.

Smoking Ban Discussion Gets Heated
INDYchannel.com, IN - February 17, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS -- A town hall meeting to discuss imposing a stricter smoking ban in Marion County got a bit heated when someone opposed to the ban was told he couldn't speak.

The first of three town hall meetings was decidedly one-sided, having been organized solely by Smoke Free Indy,

Smoking ban amended to allow tougher stand
Indianapolis (IN) Star, 2009-02-16
Mary Beth Schneider

A bill that would ban smoking in many public places was amended by the Indiana House today to let communities pass a tougher ban if they want.

House Bill 1213, sponsored by Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, had been watered down in committee, but the House, on a voice vote, overwhelmingly voted to let cities and towns enact tougher smoking bans.

The amendment was offered by Rep. Peggy Welch, a Democrat who said her hometown of Bloomington bans smoking in all public places, and would not want to roll back those restrictions.

Poll: 64% of voters support smoking ban
WANE, IN - February 11, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Supporters of a statewide smoking ban have a new poll that shows public support for the rights of non-smokers.

They released the poll Tuesday morning, one day before a committee in the Indiana House votes on a bill to ban smoking in all workplaces including bars and casinos.

It shows that 64% of registered voters in Indiana support a smoking ban. The only group to oppose it is smokers.

Ind. House panel passes smoke-free workplace bill
Louisville Courier-Journal, KY - February 11, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS – The House Public Policy Committee today approved a statewide workplace smoking ban, but the bill would exempt bars and casinos.

The measure also gives local governments a deadline for passing more restrictive ordinances.

Secondhand smoke
Evansville (IN) Courier-Press, February 5, 2009

A proposal to go statewide with a ban on smoking in public places has picked up significant and credible support from a new study conducted at the Indiana University School of Medicine's Bowen Research Center.

According to the Associated Press, that study found that an estimated 1,194 Hoosiers died in 2007 from lung cancer, heart disease and other ailments caused by breathing secondhand cigarette smoke.

The researchers concluded that secondhand smoke in businesses and homes created at least $390 million in medical-related costs in 2007.

And these sad statistics don't even take into consideration the obvious risks to smokers themselves.

Statehouse smoking ban hearing packed
Indianapolis Star, February 4, 2009

Speakers for and against the state’s proposed comprehensive smoke-free workplace bill packed a hearing at the Statehouse today, sharing their thoughts on why or why not Indiana should ban tobacco smoke in every workplace.

Public health advocates argued every employee in the state, including those in casinos and bars, has a right to breathe smoke-free air, while businesspeople from those industries contended the bill would cut unfairly into their revenue.

Study: Secondhand smoke costs Indiana $390 million a year
IU study tallies health, financial burden in Indiana
Indianapolis Star - February 3, 2009

Lung cancer, heart disease and other ailments caused by secondhand smoke cost Hoosiers $390 million a year, according to a study released Monday by the Indiana University School of Medicine.

The study found that an estimated 1,194 Hoosiers died in 2007 from diseases caused by secondhand smoke.

Facts prove case for smoking ban
Indianapolis Star, United States - February 3, 2009

The idea of a state law banning smoking in all public places -- restaurants, stores, offices -- would have been the stuff of fantasy a few short years ago, when the "freedom" side of the issue held sway.

Public sentiment has come a long way, however; not coincidentally, so has the body of facts about secondhand smoke as a health hazard -- a hazard that ought to be no less subject to law than contaminated drinking water.

Indiana House To Hear Proposal On Statewide Smoking Ban
Indiana's NewsCenter, IN - February 3, 2009

An Indiana House Committee is expected to hear testimony tomorrow on a bill to create a complete statewide smoking ban in bars, restaurants and other public places.

State health group seeks tougher smoking law
Reporter-Times, IN - January 30, 2009
The Indiana Public Health Association would like Morgan County to adopt a tougher ordinance regulating smoking in public places.

Brittany Kennedy, a local public health consultant for the IPHA, gave a presentation about the dangers of smoking and second-hand smoke Thursday night at the Morgan County Board of Public Health meeting. She urged the board to consider tightening up its restrictions.

The current ordinance only bans smoking in public restaurants and doesn’t apply to bars, private clubs, workplaces, stores or other places the public goes. It also allows public restaurants to have designated smoking rooms and to allow smoking outside the restaurant.

“Exposure of adults to second-hand smoke has immediate adverse effects on the cardiovascular system and causes coronary heart disease and lung cancer,” Kennedy said. “The scientific evidence indicates that there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke.”

FELDMAN: Have a heart and pass statewide smoking ban
Indianapolis (IN) Star, 2009-01-20
Richard Feldman

If enacted, legislation to comprehensively eliminate smoking statewide in public indoor places including restaurants and bars would be one of the most significant public-health measures in Indiana history. . . .

It has long been accepted that secondhand smoke increases the long-term risk for heart disease by 30 to 50 percent among non-smokers chronically exposed. These newer scientific studies provide powerful undeniable evidence of the immediate devastating effects environmental tobacco smoke can have on the heart.

This is another compelling reason why the legislature should pass a comprehensive smoke-free statute this year. House Speaker Pat Bauer and Gov. Mitch Daniels, show your bold and progressive bipartisan leadership in support for this important legislation.

Supporters of Smokefree Workplaces Gather at Statehouse
93.1 WIBC Indianapolis, IN - January 16, 2009

By Network Indiana The Indiana Campaign for Smoke-Free Air held a public forum in the statehouse Thursday night. Bruce Hetrick with Hetrick Communications ...

Study: Casino air is 14 times smokier than outdoors
Indianapolis (IN) Star, 2009-01-14

Indiana's casino workers and customers breathe air containing 14 times more secondhand smoke than the air outside, a Purdue University study has found.

The study, released by the Indiana Campaign for Smokefree Air and the Indiana Academy of Family Physicians, comes as the legislature reconsiders a smoke-free workplace law. A similar bill did not make it to the floor last year.

Casinos, bars and private clubs have lobbied against such a law, arguing it would detract from their business and infringe on their customers' rights.
But proponents of the bill, and a separate effort to ban smoking in all Marion

County workplaces, say this study and others on secondhand smoke show that all employees deserve protection.

Advocates want ban on smoking broadened
Indianapolis Star, United States – January 12, 2009

Nationally, 24 states and 331 municipalities have enacted similarly comprehensive laws, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation.

Indiana smoking ban: Bid to clear air gets a new push
Chicago Tribune – January 6, 2009

Thirty states now have some sort of smoke-free provision on their books, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation.

Music Makers Clear the Air: TAKE NOTE Indianapolis
American Legacy Foundation, October 23, 2008

Brian Paulson has played the Fender electric piano alongside Dizzy Gillespie and other Grammy award winners, but the secondhand smoke still clinging to most Indianapolis music venues these days limits his performances. After many years of playing in smoke- filled rooms, Paulson made a tough decision. He would put his health first.

“When my band broke up in the 80s I had physical withdrawals and I never smoked a cigarette in my life,” said Paulson. “But it was like I was smoking anyway. You still have to get out there in front of people and play, and it really hurts you in the pocketbook to say no.” In fact, he recently reflected on the fact that two of his former band mates died from lung cancer. Paulson recently buried his father, who also died from emphysema and heart disease. His father never once lit a cigarette, but was married to a heavy smoker.

New Albany council considers smoking ban: Supporters, foes make their cases
By J.D. Williams
Louisville Courier-Journal, July 8, 2008

The New Albany City Council gave citizens a chance last night to voice their opinions on a possible ordinance to ban smoking in public places.

Nearly 80 people, including teachers, restaurant and bar owners, public health officials and others, packed the council meeting room at the City-County Building; those who didn't get a seat stood in the hall outside.

"Secondhand smoke kills individuals and causes disease in healthy people," said Karla Sneegas, executive director of Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation.

Indiana group fights for LaPorte casinos to be included in smoke-free legislation
WNDU.com, July 29, 2008

LaPorte County is the latest to talk about the possibility of going smoke-free.

One group working for change is made up of area casino workers.

Although there are many smoke-free initiatives that are in place in cities throughout the country, casinos are frequently exempt.

And the consequences of on-the-job, secondhand smoke exposure are all too real for Jennifer Guillermain.

Guillermain has worked for 24 years in Atlantic City casinos and has suffered medical side-effects from the secondhand smoke.

She is in Michigan City to help voice support for casinos to be included in the smoke-free workplaces.

"The question is, why should I and other casino workers choose between our lives and our livelihood?" she says. "It's extremely important that smoke-free air acts cover all people and protect all workers."

Airport Snuffs Out Smoking
WRTV-Ch. 6 (Indianapolis, IN), 2008-07-02

Smoking will be further curbed at Indianapolis International Airport beginning July 1.

Designated smoking areas outside passenger terminals will be closed beginning Tuesday when a new no-smoking police goes into effect.

Study: Ban is breath of fresh air
FortWayne (IN).com, 2008-01-16

The smoking ban that took effect June 1 may have caused some Fort Wayne residents and bar/restaurant owners to blow their stacks, but its impact on indoor air quality is undeniable, say anti-tobacco advocates.

A study released today by Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation (ITPC) found, by one measure, air pollution dropped 94 percent after the ban in 14 Fort Wayne bars, restaurants, bowling alleys and pool halls, in geographically different areas of the community.

"The air is definitely cleaner in Fort Wayne - and the results couldn't be more clear," said Karla Sneegas, executive director of ITPC, which funded the study. "We can show Hoosiers the harmful effects of secondhand smoke in the exact places where they work and play."

The study conducted by the Buffalo, N.Y.-based Roswell Park Cancer Institute compared fine particle matter in the air that is released with cigarette smoke and easily inhaled into the lungs. Numerous scientific studies have connected smoking, including exposure to secondhand smoke, with lung diseases and heart problems.

Indianapolis airport goes smoke-free
Indianapolis (IN) Star, 2008-01-04
Rebecca Neal

Starting today, smoking is not longer allowed anywhere on the Indianapolis International Airport's grounds.

The Indianapolis Airport Authority today voted 6-1 to pass the final draft of the ban, which took effect on Jan. 1. The airport had delayed cracking down on smokers until this morning's meeting, where the board considered an addition to the ordinance to allow smoking within the airlines' operations space and charter air carriers. The board decided to not allow that exception, moving instead to ban smoking on the airport's grounds.

Indiana University: 'We will have smoke-free campuses'
Herald-Times, February 3, 2007

Indiana University is taking steps toward banning smoking on all its campuses.

President Adam Herbert said Friday that he asked campus leaders to report to him by Oct. 10 with proposals for smoking bans.

"The policy should be clear: that we will have smoke-free campuses," Herbert told IU trustees.

Council limits places to light up
Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, January 17, 2007

Smokers in the city, get ready to kiss your favorite bars ashtrays goodbye. City Council on Tuesday night voted 7-1 to ban smoking in all enclosed public places except for private residences, designated hotel and motel rooms, private and semi-private rooms in a long-term-care facility and tobacco stores. Pending a final vote Jan. 23, the ban takes effect June 1 and overrides a 1999 ordinance ...

Efforts seek to freshen local VFW
Journal and Courier, September 27, 2006

Chuck Hardesty, the new quartermaster at Lafayette's Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1154, is trying to bring in younger members, but it's not an easy task.

At VFWs across the nation, the clientele has historically been made up of older veterans and their spouses. Smoking and bingo are often the most popular activities.

Now Gary Kurpius, the new national commander of the VFW, is asking posts like the one in Lafayette to reach out to younger crowds -- "new members who want to believe that the VFW is more than just a bar," as he told delegates at the group's Aug. 31 national convention in Reno, Nev. He has called for forward-looking initiatives like cyber cafes and day care, in addition to voluntary smoking bans.


A study conducted by the Roswell Park Cancer Institute examined indoor air quality in hospitality venues in Bloomington. The study found that indoor air pollution was 94% lower in the venues that were required to be smokefree, compared to those where smoking was permitted. Read the press release and review the study for more information.

 

Indianapolis Business Journal writer Bruce Hetrick recently lost his wife, Pam Klein, because of her exposure to secondhand smoke. He has written several powerful columns about the debate of real health impact vs. anecdotal claims of economic impact.

Inhaling the toxic air of hypocrisy
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Blowing away the "I-have-my-rights" smokescreen
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Puffing up collateral killing: It's good for business!
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Hazy logic: no business should have a license to kill
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An elegy to my bride, a butterfly at last
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Race for the cure, reach for the phone
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Local Smokefree Laws

Bloomington is currently the only the 100% smokefree city in Indiana (Bars become smokefree at the beginning of January, 2005).  It is a great city for visiting and holding smokefree conferences as well.  Ft. Wayne has smokefree restaurants, but their law unfortunately allows for smoking rooms, which does not protect the workers in those establishments.

Residents in cities throughout the Hoosier state are trying to clear the air of secondhand smoke. If you live, work, or visit in Indianapolis, click on www.smokefreeindy.com and get involved!

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