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.
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Smokefree & Related News
forms committee to examine smoking ban
Bend smoking ban reignites at Monday's meeting
Indoor smoking is harmful; efficiency costs less than coal
Organization Fights for a Smoke-free City
VASICEK: Keeping up with news that's trending, trendy
Apology to server; no justification for abortion
to examine smoking ordinace
Bend council member to talk on smoking ban
get lesson in taking on tobacco
Skateboarding Top Winona Lake Concerns
OPINION: Common Council puts off a burning issue -- again
tables smoking ban ordinance for 60 days
Bend city council to decide expanding smoking ban
OPINION : Clearing up the fog that surrounds e-cigarettes
say e-cigarettes cause sickness in kids
OPINION : Time for South Bend to expand smoking ban
Report: growing electronic cigarette trend
critics press for solutions to budget shortfall
e-cigs in school smoking policies ($$)
ban proposal to go before the South Bend Common Council
Bend council to formally address smoking ban proposal
in the race for Superior Court judge
wants to make South Bend totally smoke free
free workplace proposal
Bend council considering smoking ban once again
added to smoke-free policy at county fair
group seeks to reform residence hall policy
setback for our home rule
of smoke but little fire to reduce Indiana's smoking habit
Panel Holds Firm on Electronic Cigarettes
should be upset with the PSG system
panel holds firm on electronic cigarettes
board supports ban
Long Beach entry list notes
still unsure why more youth are 'vaping' e-cigarettes
April, no fooling
shows majority favor including casino in Evansville smoking ban
addresses proposed PASSHE bill at open forum
government important for entirety of campus
sums up proposed smoking ban nicely
airport board bans e-cigarettes
notes: Griffiths HPD resignation plus new liveries
smoking ban recommendation passes PSG
meeting supports student health and entertainment
Clark seeks ban on electronic cigarettes
chokes up with expanded smoking ban
would allow ads on public school buses
Bar Reverses Smoking Policy
prepares to go smoke-free
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
Smoking Ban Lawsuit Back In Court: Bars suing in Marion County court
to overturn ban in Indianapolis
airport signs new eateries, considers nixing e-cigarettes
questions surface over Evansville's smoking ban and casinos
gathers to support non-smoking Evansville restaurants
killing the region? Gasping for air
e-cigarettes be allowed on campus?
Supreme Court rules against Evansville on smoking ban
Supreme Court Bans Smoking in Evansville Casino
exemption costs Evansville smoking ban
smoking ban ruled unconstitutional
Rock Tap goes smoke-free
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 ...
School Board Moves To Ban E-Cigs And Passes Pay Increase
bars could be guilty of false health concious propaganda
Indiana deny employment to cigarette smokers?
...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 ...
advocates worry about budget cuts
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
Chamber backs law to let employers not hire smokers
Chamber backs employers not hiring smokers
advocates fear budget cuts
bar operators say city smoking law harmful, but supporters ...
Township no-smoking policy will protect kids
Wayne off-track betting could move to New Haven
appeals court upholds Indy's smoking ban
smoking law opens doors to conventions
ban opens new doors to Visit Indy
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 downtowns 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 organizationsincluding some of the nations largest health care groupsjoined the campaign.
Are they safe?
bans e-cigs because it looks like smoking
E-Cigarettes, Trick or Treats
use still low among students in Dubois, Spencer counties ($$)
shop opens in Shelbyville
effort helping to clear smoke
Allen County anti-tobacco group concerned about e-cigarettes
COMMENTARY: Hard-hitting ads effective in preventing ...
State smoking ban one of strictest in Indiana
Council Rejects Smoke-Free Effort
Court weighs arguments in smoking-ban case
Decision - "Supreme Court to review two Evansville cases Will hear
arguments on city's smoking ban, EVSC's central office"
has no policy for electronic cigarettes
Put the e-smokes in their place
cigarettes should be regulated for Purdue facilities
ranks as the number one cause of COPD
VIEW: Smoking a problem for BSU's neighbors, but there is a solution
smoking ban pushes smokers onto private property
fines issued yet for Ball State smoking ban
tickets smokers for littering
smoking in bars' outdoor areas
smoke-free law should include casinos
restaurant closes today
Center offices win tobacco-free awards ($$)
council looking at smoke shops
smoking study doesn't clear the air
Report: Statewide Smokefree Law Would Not Hurt Indiana ...
bars aren't just blowing smoke in terms of Indianapolis popularity
Smoke-Free Law Not an Economic Strain for Businesses
to increase smoking cessation efforts
clears on smoking ban ($$)
County Fair goes tobacco-free
widen smoking ban
hookahs: Damask owner puts exotic smokes outside eatery
turns down smoking ban in parks
Indiana. businesses adhere to smoking ban
Smoke free celebration
smoking ordinance approved in Warrick Co.
Supreme Court to consider city's smoking ban
Supreme Court to consider city's smoking ban
Supreme Court will review tavern owners' challenge to ...
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 ...
ponders park smoking ban
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 ...
bans minors from buying electronic cigarettes
Despite comments made by the Warrick County Commissioners to The Standard two weeks ago regarding the likeness of the countys new smoking ordinance to the one in Vanderburgh County, the proposed changes will only affect county-owned buildings.
giving mixed messages about marijuana and tobacco ($$)
issue on table
ban on electronic cigarettes is absurd
State smoking and health
smoking ban approaches first anniversary
considers smoke-free campus
The 4-H fairground may consider going smoke-free in time for the county fair. Members of the fair board heard a presentation last week from the tobacco cessation group of Better Health of Cass County about the health effects of second-hand smoke. Board members said they may vote on the measure at their May 28 meeting. Currently, smoking is prohibited in the buildings or barns.
cheats efforts to stop smoking
More than 1,500 Hoosier children just received an early death sentence from the Indiana Legislature. By slashing the state budget for tobacco prevention and cessation by 38 percent, our lawmakers told us that the health and future of our children isnt important.
weeks away, smoking ban will be anticlimactic ($$)
tobacco ban to increase smoking fine
State trustees approve campus-wide smoking ban
aims to make employees healthier, curb insurance costs
Carpenter: Tobacco industry pours it on while Indiana cuts back
Anti-smoking strategies wise, healthy investment
smoke-free violations in Vigo Co., offenders face excise police
should use tobacco settlement money to help prevent smoking
VIEW: Restore funding to tobacco prevention efforts
Half of Indiana smokers tried to quit in 2011
MERRILLVILLE, IND. Indiana has the nations seventh-highest percentage of smokers, with more than a quarter of the states population smoking, but more than half of those people tried to quit in 2011, according to a study.
County Considering Comprehensive Smoking Ban
Free Indiana concerned about possible funding cuts
smoking ban could happen
ban could be expanded
OUT? Funding for state's tobacco prevention program cut
fair to go 'smoke-free'
The Washington County Fair is going smoke-free. That decision was made
by the Washington County Commissioners during their meeting Tuesday,
slash efforts to reduce smoking
Downtown Goes Smoke-Free
say they'll appeal judge's ruling on smoking ban
ban: Federal court decision upholding Indianapolis ...
COMMENT: Eliminate inequality in smoking ban
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.
Smoking Ban Holds Up in Court
owners fight to reverse smoking ban
cuts funding for anti-tobacco campaigns
POST 2953, et al, v. CITY OF EVANSVILLE (PDF)
Smoking Ban Upheld
State may ban outdoor smoking on campus
Bars Likely to Remain Smoke-Friendly
won't negotiate settlement in lawsuits opposing indoor smoking ban
Likely to Uphold Bar Smoking Exemption
Smoking Vapor Lounge Opens in Bloomington
look to limit smoking bans exemptions
adapt to state smoking ban
ban has some fans, some critics
Free Indiana coalition works to decrease state smoking rate
smoking ban gets mixed reviews
County group seeks smoking ban
Wayne Public Housing goes smoke-free
'Smoke police' have been around since 2005 ($$)
to smoke-free city parks could be long
Noble accepts no-tobacco award
repeals smoke ban
schools looking to revise campus smoking policies
Ban Passed in Columbus
Wants Terre Haute Parks Smoke Free
Set To Vote On Smoking Ban
smoking ban still up in air: Commissioners set no timeline for reconsidering
colleges look to revise campus smoking policies
City Council demonstrated leadership in smoking ban ($$)
Gives Initial Approval To Smoking Ban
gets in their ayers: Ban passes; foes irritated by council's tougher
Enact ban on smoking in Columbus
the smoke settle
looks for compromise on smoking ban
ban to back burner; City council waiting on Indianapolis
County Goes Smoke-free
housing to go smoke-free
are City employees smoking in City vehicles?
Indianapolis bar owners challenging legality of smoke-free ...
owners set for hearing in Indianapolis smoking-ban lawsuit
ban clears the air inside. Outside? It's a haze of confusion
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
dropping smoking-ban suit
County Hospital Going Smoke Free In November
'em if you got 'em
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 ...
smoking and gambling issues may return to Statehouse
introduces Statehouse agenda
City Council Tables Smoking Ban Vote
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.
Council To Vote On Smoking Ban, Budget Tuesday
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 ...
here, but not there: Smoking banned in parks, not on trails ...
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 ...
Smoking Ban Takes Effect
Suburb Institutes Extended Smoking Ban
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 ...
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. ...
vote slated on ban; Council also to take final look at next year's ...
bars to be smoke-free starting Monday
bingo hall closes in Muncie
Going smoke free good for workers, bottom line
ban on smoking delayed: Greenwood officials say proposal ..
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 ...
County Health Department Becomes Tobacco Free Campus
The Marion County Health Department is now a tobacco free campus. The heath department board adopted the new health resolution Tuesday night that makes ...
council members back stronger smoking rules
could adopt stronger smoking ban
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.
Smoking bans and our right to law's equal protection
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.
seeks injunction in smoking-ban dispute
A federal judge will hear arguments on whether to grant an injunction
against Indianas 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.
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 ...
smoking law topic of council meeting
eyes smoke ban expansion: Parks, city property included in proposal;
no pass for festivals, special events
smoking ban triggers flood of complaints
Could Revisit Smoking's Effect On Insurance Rates
Smoking Debate May Not Be Over
mulls smoking ban in parks: Phone calls prompt council's ...
ban on council agenda: State's rules will take place of city's
of smoke-free law requirements
Carmel, only a handful of restaurants allow smoking
... 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 ...
VIEW: Happy birthday to county's anti-smoking ordinance
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 ...
Ban Proves Beneficial
DATA PROVES BENEFIT FOR DELAWARE COUNTY
year later, smoke free ordinance still smoldering
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
post fights smoking ban
Grove rejects smoking ban for bars
downtown bars opt to go nonsmoking
Smoking Ban Fight Goes To Court Wednesday
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 ...
owners rally against smoking ban
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 ...
for a sign of progress
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.
For Indianapolis Bars Attacks Smoking Studies
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 ...
policy lacking at local hospital; smoke shack still not moved ...
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.
clubs need to join civilian world
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 patients 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?
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?
Council approves smoking sign requirement
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.
goes smoke free
attorney announces intent to file federal lawsuit against ...
On behalf of local tavern owners and private clubs, Evansville attorney
Les Shively said hes filing a federal lawsuit against the city
in response to Evansvilles smoking ban.
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.
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 prosecutors
office have records of any citations.
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, 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. ...
most cases, local standard more restrictive than new state law
GREENFIELD - Hancock County residents and workers likely haven't noticed
a change since the statewide smoking ban went into effect at the start
owners challenging smoking ban seek injunction
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 ...
Gets Tough On Smoking
... 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 ..
VFW, American Legion Now Smoke-Free
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 ...
smoking ban: Many veterans enjoying smoke-free air in Legion halls,
says Matthew Tully
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...
banned during C. Indiana county's fair
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 ...
County bans smoking at fair
The Johnson County commissioners on Monday extended the county's ban
on burning and personal fireworks use indefinitely and also banned smoking
at the ...
bars still fuming over smoking ban
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 ...
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.
Smoking ban: Ballard held firm on his request that an expanded ban
on smoking in bars provide exemptions for private clubs and cigar and
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 ...
vote may be delayed again
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 ...
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 ...
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.
begins smoke-free campaign
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.
of Lawrence Passes Smoking Ban
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
Two days after smoking bans took effect across Indiana and in Vigo
County, bars and clubs in the Wabash Valley are already adapting to
out: Bans take effect
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?
The new smoking ban officially took effect at midnight Sunday. However,
it doesn't go all the way.
ban not changing any minds
the signs: State smoking ban begins Sunday
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 ...
Transitioning to a smoke-free business requires planning and
education, said State Health Commissioner Gregory Larkin, M.D.
The toolkits are a great ...
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 ...
1) Anti-tobacco lawmakers and groups have been trying to pass a comprehensive
statewide smoking ban in Indiana since 2007. In March, Governor Mitch
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.
smoke-free air requires public signage
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
(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 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.
Will Hoosier Businesses Alert Patrons to New Smoking Ban?
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 ...
Indoor Air Cleaner
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 ...
a copy for the library Vigo County joins Terre Haute in banning smoking
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 ...
Offers Business Owners Smoking Ban Toolkits
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 ...
Face Choice In Smoking Ban
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 ...
prepare for Indiana's smoke-free law
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 ...
requirements for Indiana's new smoking ban
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 ...
Smoke Free Air Law
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Co. smoking ban accepted
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. InsideINdianaBusiness.com Report. Vigo
County commissioners have accepted a county-wide smoking ban. Our partners
The county and city are now unified in their smoking bans. ...
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.
The American Legion post in Ligonier has challenged the constitutionality
of the states new smoking rules because they allow people to smoke
near children in some places but not in veterans organizations.
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 ...
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.
(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 Ligonier challenges Indiana's smoking ban in
federal court ... The law exempts Indiana's bars, casinos, retail tobacco
shops and private ...
post sues to stop Indiana smoking ban
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 -- The city's Common Council probably won't vote Monday
night, as scheduled, on a bill to ban smoking in South Bend bars.
smoking ban brings tangle of sign rules
"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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Indiana must do more to stop tobacco use
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.
VFW announces smoke ban choice ($$)
The Carroll County Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post #9383 voted June 12 to allow smoking in the bar area only.
captain calls on veterans clubs to adopt new smoking ban
... 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 ...
smoking ban puts private clubs on the spot
... 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 ...
in Gary, Hammond and E.C. providing smoke-free kits
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.
County Smoking Ban
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
ban expected to broaden bowling's appeal
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.
Hearing Scheduled on Smoke-Free Stafford Proposal
Tobacco Free Fort Bend is inviting the community to a public hearing regarding prohibiting smoking in public places in Stafford. Organizers said a smoking.
air forum stirs discussion
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
makes way for state smoking law
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 ...
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, ...
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.
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.
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 ...
discussion Monday on South Bend smoking ban proposal
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 ...
beef up no smoking regulations in and around ...
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 ...
shows smoking costs Indiana billions
, 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. ...
to ban smoking in South Bend's bars needs more City Council support
to win approval
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...
lawsuit on shaky ground
Numerous challenges to smoking bans based on equal protection and other ... more ridiculous than the complaint that a public smoking ban -- adopted to protect ...
residents debate over smoking ban
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - A heated scene at the Terre Haute City Council meeting Thursday night. Many residents showed up expressing feelings for and ...
Ban Ignites More Controversy
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 ...
plans 9th Amendment argument against Indy smoking ban
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.
bar owners, patrons file lawsuit against city for smoking ban ordinance
The plaintiffs in the lawsuit, which was filed in Federal District Court, includes local bar owners and bar patrons.
Smoke ban incomplete; thousands still at risk ($$)
...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.
tout proposed Indiana smoking ban
Support sought among South Bend officials...
ban committee meeting slated for Monday
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.
say smoking ban was long overdue
Avid bowler Peter Poon said Indianapolis' recently enacted smoking ban was long overdue...
owners prepare for new smoking regulations
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.
hear Springfield smoking ban debate
Attorney claims ordinance conflicts with Missouri law
of Indianapolis smoking ban to unite in court
The Indianapolis smoking ban took effect June 1, strengthening the
city's previous ... Past lawsuits against smoking bans throughout the
country have not been ...
votes to limit smoking to club room
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.
ban committee meeting slated
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.
ban committee meeting slated
help Warrick County businesses understand new ...
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
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 ...
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 ...
Bend smoking ordinance inches forward
South Bend's Common Council gave first reading to the controversial ordinance that would ban smoking in bars and restaurants during its meeting Monday ...
Bend smoking ban needs more support to pass
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 ...
ban expected to go before South Bend Common Council
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.
post grapples with new state smoking ban
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 ...
whom and how the smoking ban will be enforced ($$)
BEDFORD -- In about three weeks, the number of public places to smoke will decrease considerably and individuals who disregard the new law could face a fine and business owner ...
a copy for the library Study: Smoking Costing Indiana Businesses Billions
Indiana's statewide smoking ban takes effect July 1. ... Muncie, Ind. -- As Indiana prepares for a statewide smoking ban on July 1, a new study from Ball State ...
Smoking Costing Indiana $4.8 Billion Annually
As Indiana prepares for a statewide smoking ban on July 1, a new study from Ball ... prohibits smoking inside a business - with exceptions for bars and casinos, ...
smoking ban will affect county's communities
Smoke 'em if you got 'em - because you won't get to smoke 'em for long.
A state ban scheduled to go into effect July 1 will have a broad impact
in Bartholomew ...
A smoking ban for South Bend
A proposal to ban smoking in public places within the city limits is scheduled to come up for initial reading before the Common Council on Monday. The council should pass it.
Bend bar going smoke-free
A downtown South Bend bar is going smoke-free. A manager of Corby's Irish Pub on East LaSalle Avenue, says the bar will go smoke-free Friday with a kick-off ...
smoking ban on July 1 ($$)
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 ...
easy this weekend
puff, but will it pass??
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
council tables stricter smoking ban
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 ...
lunch at Lava hookah lounge
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.
violations reported on smoking ban's first weekend
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.
American Legion faces tough decision on smoking
PORTAGE | The state's new law banning smoking in public places starting
next month is leaving members of Portage American Legion Post 260 in
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 ...
celebrate, foes litigate as Indy's expanded smoking ban ...
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 ...
Smoking Ban Takes Effect
It's now illegal to smoke in most bars, bowling alleys and hotels across
"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." ...
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.
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
new smoking law celebrated, but more to be done
Charlie Brown, D-Gary, father of the state's new smoking restrictions,
would have ... Cunningham suffers from several secondhand smoke problems,
Indianapolis smoking ban takes effect Friday
INDIANAPOLIS -- A new smoking ban takes effect Friday in Indianapolis,
leaving ... The state ban exempts bars, casinos, retail tobacco shops
and private clubs.
The clock is ticking and soon many Hoosier establishments will be smoke-free.
Indy smoking ban leaves South Bend as largest Indiana city ...
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 ...
we'll wonder: Why the fuss?
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.
... 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 ...
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 ...
owners sue city over impending smoking ban
The operators of eight bars, and at least one smoker, have filed federal lawsuits against Indianapolis' smoking ban which goes into effect this Friday.
Bans Smoking in Bars on Friday
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 ...
Ind., employer soon to go smoke-free
... 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.
considers tougher smoking ban, including bars
An expanded smoking ban is being considered in the City of Lawrence.
The new ban would add bars ...
bars prepare for smoking ban, though a legal challenge looms
City bars prepare for smoking ban, though a legal challenge looms ...
point to changes in Indiana 'smoke-free' laws
Gwen Siekman, coordinator for Tobacco Free Gibson County, said she
and Indiana Excise Officer Chuck Butler have given several compliance-related
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 ...
a landmark bar in Noblesville, bans smoking
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 .
company helps workers stop smoking
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 ...
Bars, restaurants, hotel rooms and bowling alleys will no longer allow
their customers to smoke inside starting June 1st.
Secondhand smoke causes approximately 3400 lung cancer deaths and about
46000 heart disease deaths among non-smoking adults each year in the
Inhale new menu, not the smoke starting Aug. 1
it will go 100 percent non-smoking starting Aug. ... restaurants has
become less socially acceptable with non-smokers and smokers alike.
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.
casinos face falling revenue, new competition
Co. adopts cities smoke-free ordinance
Vigo County commissioners added a provision to their smoking ordinance ... But according to Adelman and the local bar community by banning cigarettes from ...
County Smoking Ban Amended
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 ...
downtown Noblesville bar goes smoke-free early
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 ...
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 ...
Joseph County doesn't plan to help enforce smoking ban
Ban God For Hoosiers Says Truly
bars going smoke free ahead of June 1 deadline
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
officials support smoking ban
BATESVILLE - County sanitarians will enforce Indiana's new smoking
ban, supervisor Diane Turney, RN, announced at the quarterly Franklin
County Health ...
designated smoking areas could be reduced, closed
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 ...
Filed In Response To Evansville Smoking Ban
The smoking ban fight may be over in Indianapolis for now, but it continues
in Evansville, as that citys new ban faces a court challenge.
Unlike the Indianapolis ban signed into law by Mayor Greg Ballard last
week, Evansvilles smoking ban contains only one exemption
the gaming floor of Casino Aztar.
mayor signs smoking ban for most bars
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 ...
Passes City Smoking Ban
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 ...
Tully: Thanks advocates for Indy's stronger smoking ban
...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 ...
roll in on Indy smoking ban
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.
May Seek Comprehensive Smoking Ban In Indy
"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.
ban could have ripple effect
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The new Indianapolis smoking ban needs the mayor's signature before it can go into effect, but others in surrounding communities are ...
E-Cigarettes Included in City's Smoking Ban Proposal
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.
Don't blame closing on city smoking ban
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.
Restaurants Blast Smoking Ban Plan
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, ...
Council Again Delivers Victory for Smoke-Free Air Mayor Ballard
Should Sign Into Law
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.
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 ...
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard says he will review a stronger smoking
ban proposal passed by members of the City-County Council.
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 ...
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.
Indianapolis soon may have a much stricter smoking ban that would cover
the city's bars, bowling alleys and hotels.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
smoking-ban vote is tonight
supports Evansville smoking ban ($$)
Tuesday, the council's Rules and Public Policy Committee approved a
bipartisan measure that would expand the existing no-smoking ordinance
to include bars,
Smoking ban helps health
I would like to comment about the news article in the March 31 edition
of the Evansville Courier & Press, "City smoking ban still
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.
Defenders of e-cigarettes, including Stephanie Rogers owner of Vapor
Lock, a store that sells e-cigarettes, say the vapor is harmless.
Electronic cigarettes are supposed to be better for your health than
regular cigarettes, but some Indianapolis City-County councilors are
now trying to get ...
Council panel approves smoking
A City-County Council panel on Tuesday moved an expanded smoking ban covering most bars a step closer to reality in Indianapolis.
ban advances from Indianapolis council panel
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 ..
ban proposal advances to City-County Council
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.
cigarettes could be included in latest Indianapolis smoking ban
...e-cigarettes could be part of the latest version of the city-wide smoking ban in Indianapolis .
Council Committee Approves Smoking Ban
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.
clubs say they will appeal ruling in smoking ban case
...that exempted the gaming floor of Casino Aztar. ... about outdoor ashtrays too close to doorways and some locations still using temporary smoking areas.
Judge Pigman got it right on city smoking ban
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 ...
smoking ban proposal includes bars, bowling alleys
A new push is underway to strengthen Indianapolis' smoking ban and greatly reduce the number of establishments where smoking is currently allowed. ...
day of smoking ban, some bar owners still fighting
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.
owner disgruntled about smoking ban | POLL
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Will Rule Soon on Evansville Smoking Ban Challenge
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
to Evansville smoking ban
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. ...
will consider delaying smoking ban
By Arek Sarkissian II EVANSVILLE - Two motions for temporary injunctions against the city's smoking ban will be heard Wednesday morning before Judge Robert ...
Lewis | Indiana's Smoking Ban Goes into Effect July 1, 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 ...
Council looks at tougher smoking ban
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 ...
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.
to introduce new smoking ban plan
a milestone year, coalition reflects on victories, challenges
Just two months shy of its 10-year anniversary, the Hancock County
Tobacco-Free Coalition had a lot to celebrate at Thursdays annual
recognition meeting. ...
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
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.
It's something Governor Mitch Daniels has been pushing for years -
a statewide smoking ban. Legislation finally hit his desk Tuesday.
Indy smoking ban proposal expected from council Democrats
The new statewide smoking ban may stop short of covering bars, ...
Indianapolis' current ordinance bans smoking at most workplaces, including
council looks at tougher smoking ban
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 ...
New private clubs, those founded after April 1, would have to go smoke-free.
Mansfield said the proposed ordinance would be introduced Monday, ...
CROWN POINT | Lake County government workers who smoke are about to
lose their last indoor ... It only provides limited exemptions for bars
citywide smoking ban proposal to include bars
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 is a positive step
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 ..
Legislature fails to lead with weak smoking ban
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
Gov. Mitch Daniels signs compromise statewide smoking ban
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 ...
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 ...
Daniels signs bill to ban smoking in most public places
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, ...
signs state smoking ban into law
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 ...
VIEW: Precious time wasted in latest legislative session
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.
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
Many communities had stopped short of full bans in anticipation of
action by the state. ... Smoking ban proponents, especially health care
revises smoking ban
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. . . .
smoking ban good for health, bad for business
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, ...
Smoking Ban Opponents Seek Injunction
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 ...
to consider injunction blocking Evansville smoking ban
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 ...
Senate poised to vote on smoking ban bill
TOM DAVIES, AP INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Indiana Senate is poised vote
on the statewide smoking ban proposal, with supporters uncertain whether
they have the ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
The Indiana Campaign for Smokefree Air and the American Cancer Society
asked lawmakers to reject the bill. "The Legislature is making
it impossible for ...
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 ...
... said she would support a compromise that also exempts casinos,
private clubs, ... House and Senate negotiators prepared a compromise
on the smoking ban ...
Danielle Patterson of the Indiana Campaign for Smokefree Air says the
group is disappointed that the compromise proposal doesn't ban smoking
in bars, ...
It goes a long way to making our state smoke-free. The
ban generally is meant to protect employees from dangerous, smoke-filled
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 ...
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 ...
They want to allow smoking in these bars and taverns. Most restaurants
have bar areas. This is government out of control. And Republican senators
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
smoking ban, money issues still face votes
... but still must decide whether they're going to approve a statewide
smoking ban and how quickly the state inheritance tax should be phased
Assembly in Brief
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 ...
RESPONSE: Smoking ban is about owners' loss of rights
.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.
TOM DAVIES AP INDIANAPOLIS The American Cancer Society is lobbying
against a weakened smoking ban state lawmakers are considering as it
becomes apparent ...
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. ...
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The American Cancer Society is lobbying against
a weakened smoking ban state lawmakers are considering as it becomes
apparent the ...
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, ...
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 ...
Still holding out to include bars in smoking ban
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 ...
ban deal nears completion
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 ...
much smoke left in Indiana ban bill
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
Beverly Gard of Greenfield, the smoking ban bill's Senate sponsor,
... opened around Greenfield despite tough smoking bans in the city
and Hancock County.
start on Indiana smoking ban compromise
By Tom Davies, AP INDIANAPOLIS (WTW) A leading supporter of Indiana's
statewide smoking ban bill says it shouldn't prevent cities and counties
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.
Tully: Indiana Senate's weakened smoking 'ban' is an embarrassment
Senate smoking ban bad for business ($$)
science tells truth of smoke's dangers
sure bet to avoid ban on smoking
ban now too weak
We've been lukewarm to past statewide smoking ban proposals, ... measure would have prohibited smoking in all indoor workplaces except casino gaming floors, ...
seeks strict smoking ban, OK with lenience
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. ...
Sky will not fall with local, state bans on smoking
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 ...
groups react to altered smoking ban
"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 ...
The bill already exempts casinos, cigar bars, tobacco shops and private
clubs. ... The City has had a smoking ban in place for years.
Our state Senate has recently voted for a statewide smoking ban that
is now littered with more exemptions than ever, from casinos to nursing
Wednesday the Indiana Senate approved a modified smoke ban, an action
some ... to casinos and private clubs is based on anecdotal and unproven
By Kirk Johannesen email@example.com COLUMBUS Some state
lawmakers want to exempt nursing homes from a statewide smoking ban,
a decision that ...
OKs weakened smoking ban
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 ...
makes an incoherent mess of smoking ban
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 ...
Smoking bans pay off in health and safety
This is not a phenomenon limited to quirky, anti-smoking places. ...
The House bill had already exempted casinos, cigar bars and retail tobacco
The Indiana Senate passed a statewide smoking ban, but House leaders
said they will oppose it because it has too many exemptions.
smoking ban exempts bars
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 ...
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
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 ...
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 ...
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.
Employees of bars, casinos and private clubs are at the highest risk
for second-hand smoking-related illnesses." Twenty-nine states
have comprehensive ...
For the first time, he included a smoking ban in his legislative agenda
for this ... bowling alleys and hotel rooms have already mostly
AP INDIANAPOLIS Indiana senators on Tuesday gutted a proposal
to ban smoking statewide, leading anti-tobacco advocates to oppose the
severely weakened ...
considers changes to state smoking-ban bill
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 ...
The Indiana House has passed legislation for a ban the previous five
years, ... Twenty-nine states have comprehensive smoking bans; 22 include
Takes Up Smoking Tuesday
(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
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.
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 ...
INDIANAPOLIS | A House-approved proposal for a statewide smoking ban
looks to ... House Bill 1149 currently bans smoking in all indoor public
spaces except ...
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 ...
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.
(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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
connect with state legislators
of smoking ban bill may not extinguish the fight
Playing Pontius Pilate with the public's health
County smoking ban trumps state ban
Senate to Take Up Smoking Ban
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 ...
The City Council's recently approved smoking ban only exempts Casino
Aztar. ... ban does exempt casinos and off-track-betting facilities
like Indiana Downs.
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
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.
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 ...
Some restaurant owners in cities where partial smoking bans are already
in effect say the exemption could hurt their business worse than the
Ban Passes Senate Panel
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 ...
(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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Bars would have 18 months to comply with the ban. Indiana isn't breaking
ground. Twenty-nine states have comprehensive smoking bans 22
Committee Passes Smoking Ban
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 ...
Senate panel approves statewide smoking ban
By Tom Lobianco, AP INDIANAPOLIS (WTW) A proposed statewide smoking
ban was ... objections over the plan's exemptions for casinos and private
By Tom Lobianco, AP INDIANAPOLIS (WTW) A proposed statewide smoking ban was ... objections over the plan's exemptions for casinos and private clubs, ...
Brown's face lights up: Senate panel approves smoking ban
INDIANAPOLIS | For the first time, an Indiana Senate committee Wednesday agreed to send a House-approved statewide indoor smoking ban to the full Senate.
& Girls Clubs of Porter County-Duneland Unit Members Ask State Legislators
for Smoke-Free Workplaces
Ban Likely to Pass Committee Hurdle Wednesday, Go to Senate
... 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, ...
Smoking ban is a positive step for this old river city
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?
Morgan: What's on the horizon for local smoking laws
The City-County Council is poised next month to take up yet another
attempt to strengthen Indianapolis' smoking ban by covering most bars.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Supporters of a stricter smoking ban in Indianapolis
plan ... in the previous proposal that would have banned smoking in
private clubs and ...
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 ...
That proposal would prohibit smoking in nearly all public places and
businesses but still allow it at Indiana's 13 casinos, cigar and hookah
By Haley Coomes The bill would prohibit smoking in nearly all public
places and businesses. Smoking will still be allowed in Indiana's 13
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 ...
... including bars and casinos. The House has already passed a ban
which meets those criteria, except for an exemption for casino gaming
With the casino and any other smoking establishments exempt from the
smoking ban, those companies and smoking employees should pay higher
health insurance ...
smoking opponents not giving up
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - People who want a tougher smoking ban won't take "no" for an answer. Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard vetoed the latest plan, ...
Daniels pushing for smoking ban
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 ...
passes smoking ban | POLL
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. ...
ban passed; Aztar removed
Starting April 1, all bars, restaurants, and private clubs in Evansville
will be smoke-free. Evansville's City Council approved the revised smoking
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. ...
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
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 ...
There are different results for smoking ban proposals in two Indiana
cities. ... Smoking will be banned in public buildings throughout the
Council, Indianapolis mayor look to agree
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 ...
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 ...
betting on exemption
patios on Muncie downtown sidewalks draw complaints
council at impasse on smoking ban after veto
OF ORDINANCE AND ANNOUNCEMENT OF VETO TO THE CLERK OF THE CITY-COUNTY
Mayor Greg Ballard expected to veto smoking ban today
Anti-smoking advocacy coalition Smoke Free Indy expressed disappointment in a statement issued Thursday, after Ballard's veto plan was publicized.
veto, it's your move, Democrats
If as expected Mayor Greg Ballard vetoes a comprehensive workplace smoking ban today, Democrats who control the City-County Council will have four options. ...
Aim To Override Indianapolis Smoking Ban Veto
Ballard was expected to veto Friday afternoon a comprehensive smoking
ban the council passed last month, and Democrats are trying to muster
support to ...
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
want no weakening of Ind. smoking ban
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. ...
smoking ban still in negotiation
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 ...
Ballard Denies Indianapolis Residents and Workers Smoke-Free Air
In issuing his 2006 groundbreaking report on secondhand smoke, US Surgeon General ... The science is clear: Secondhand smoke is not a mere annoyance, ...
spokesman: Veto of smoking ban proposal is coming on Friday
Smoke Free Indy is strongly disappointed with Mayor Ballard's decision
to veto Proposal 18. We stand with the 70 percent of Indianapolis residents
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
likely to veto Marion County smoking ban
By Lynsay Clutter Saturday is the deadline for Indianapolis Mayor Greg
Ballard to approve or veto the current proposed smoking ban that covers
Mayor Greg Ballard won't take action on smoking ban this week
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. ...
look for mayor to act on smoking ban before Super Bowl ends
Photo by Frank Espich/The Star If you're following the smoking ban proposal passed by the Indianapolis City-County Council earlier this week, ...
to bask in Super Bowl 2012, but not in clouds of smoke ...
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 ...
take to Facebook to lobby Ballard
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 ...
[sic] Council passes smoking ban
Council Delivers Victory for Smoke-Free Air -- Mayor ...
The need for protection from secondhand smoke in all workplaces and
public places ... In issuing a groundbreaking report on secondhand smoke
in June 2006, ...
Snuff out public smoking with no ifs, ands or butts
House members also added a broader exemption for casinos by allowing smoking anywhere on their property rather than just on gambling floors as originally ...
Smoking Ban Passes Council
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 ...
Passes Tougher Smoking Ban
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, ...
plan moves to Mayor's office
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The smoking ban plan moves to the Mayor's Office now -- and the results are probably predictable. Mayor Greg Ballard has said ...
Approves Expanded Indy Smoking Ban
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 ...
The proposed smoking ban will make exceptions for places like casinos,
private clubs, and non-profit fraternal, social, and veterans clubs.
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 ...
Mayor Greg Ballard threatens to veto smoking ban set for council vote
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 ...
Given 18 Months In Latest Smoking Ban Bill
... 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
INDIANAPOLIS -- Supporters of the city-wide smoking ban said they remain hopeful for a smoke-free city during major sporting events....
look to make bars exempt in state bill
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 ...
coming over banning smoking in Hoosier bars
I just don't like government regulation and feel like businesses
should have the opportunity to decide whether they should be smoke free,
source: Smoke-free-air laws should include bars
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Exempting bars from a statewide smoking ban in
Indiana would significantly reduce the health benefits of a smoke-free-air
update: Transit bill dies, smoking ban amendments planned
Another piece of legislation that would institute a statewide smoking ban covering restaurants and most bars may move forward Friday on the House floor.
exemption sought on Indiana smoking ban bill
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 ...
exemption sought on Indiana smoking-ban bill
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
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 ...
70 percent of Indiana voters support smoking ban
Several municipalities, including Fort Wayne, have had workplace smoking bans in effect for years. Some business owners oppose the ban, arguing that it ...
Indiana's smoke-free statute right
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 ...
Evansville smoking-ban sparks heated debate
"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 ...
Senate approves 'right to work,' House Democrats leave floor
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 ...
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 ...
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
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, ...
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 ...
councilman wants to repeal smoking ban, jaywalking ordinance
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, ...
city council to take up smoking ban
By Arek Sarkissian II EVANSVILLE An ordinance that would tighten
Evansville's smoking ban will be introduced to City Council tonight
and will include ...
E-cigarettes and the smoking ban: Duane Green, customer of the
Indy Vapor Shop and consumer advocate for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association.
users cry foul at proposed city ordinance which would ...
But I wasn't successful," says Duane Greene, who has converted to electronic cigarettes after smoking the tobacco variety for 26 years.
Workers deserve a smoke-free law
smoking fines yet, but warnings have been issued for violating ban
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 ...
ban measure goes
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 ...
Smoking Ban Clears Hurdle
As the Super Bowl approaches, a smoking ban with new exemptions has passed through an Indianapolis City-County Council committee. ...
ban gets an airing tonight
Smoking Ban on Agenda
looks forward to passage of bill
kitchen cited for smoking ban violation
Feldman: Unfortunate but necessary exclusions to smoking ban
snuff out smoking for Super Bowl Sunday
Ban Could Snuff Out Business
Indianapolis bars go smoke-free for Super Bowl
House panel backs smoking ban bill
push set for broad Indiana smoking limits
Rep. Peggy Welch pushing for Indiana smoking ban
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
may slow smoking bans
ban must pass by Jan. 31 in order to be in effect come ...
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 ...
Smoking Ban Also On Indiana Legislative Agenda
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
members hope for vote soon on reignited smoking ban: Council members
from both parties say proposed ordinance fits mayor's guidelines
A bipartisan group of City-County Council members has unveiled yet another proposal to expand Indianapolis' smoking ban to cover most bars.
the proposed smoking ban
...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....
smoking ban reignited
...According to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, 479 US municipalities have 100 percent smoke-free workplaces, restaurants and bars. ...
REPORT: Tyler fills jobs, angers McShurley; new hope for smokers?
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.
upholds Delaware County's tougher smoking ban
VIEW: Court's ruling might not settle smoking ban issue
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TOBACCO V. DELAWARE COUNTY (PDF)
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. ...
group wants comprehensive ban
group applauds Indiana governor's call for smoking ban
may make deal council couldn't
ban, government reform on Daniels' 2012 agenda
Mitch Daniels says he will push for a statewide smoking ban and mild
local government reforms in the 2012 legislative session. ...
offers Indiana smoking ban in time for Super Bowl
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.
Committee Votes Down Latest Smoking Ban Plan
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.
million: cost of secondhand smoke in Marion County
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.
Democracy in action? Not with these politicians
...Funny thing is, as I sat at home Tuesday night watching the City-County
Council's smoking ban meeting on Indianapolis' government-access channel,
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 ...
Releases Legislative Priorities
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 ...
City-County committee votes down tougher smoking ban
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. ...
will put smokers in 2nd-class-citizen status
If Hoosier hospitality is to be redefined and every visitor's freedom of choice restricted by such oppressive laws as the proposed smoking ban, ...
ban goes nowhere -- for now
Democrat Angela Mansfield -- a supporter of a more comprehensive smoking ban who had reluctantly supported Vaughn's version -- said she was "thrown a ...
Smoking Ban Proposal Snuffed Out In Indy
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 ...
can comment on smoking ban, districts
association joins anti-smoking group
on, Democrats, give a little
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 ...
would sign smoking ban
Mark Mellinger: Would you sign a statewide smoking ban into law? Mitch
Daniels : Yes. ... Repeat offenders will be banned from making future
introduces smoking ban, redistricting proposals
President: Smoking ban tough to pass
of smoking ban goes to Council tonight
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? ...
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? ...
'player' gets 40 months
Smoking-ban deal a lesson in compromise
may be close on Indianapolis smoking ban
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. ...
Indianapolis City-County Council Democrats may soon back a Republican
proposal to tighten the city's smoking ban in time for the Super Bowl.
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. ...
A report from an anti-tobacco group said Indiana and other states have
broken their promise to combat smoking among children and adults. ...
group wants tougher ban
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. ...
back the ban bill
new life: Smoking ban bill backers hope to revive effort
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.
owners list fairness as issue on smoke ban
A no-exemptions smoking ban proposal got some unexpected support last week from an unlikely coalition. An association that represents approximately 1300 bar ...
smoking ban eyed in county
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 ...
Wants Smoking Ban In Indianapolis Before Super Bowl
downtown? Be sure to keep an eye out
candidates differ on smoking ban
look at smoking ban
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 ...
Ban Facing Candidate Opposition
they stand: Richard Martin
candidate faces challenges in mayor's race
policy about the public good
Our endorsements for the Evansville City Council
ban trial set for December
mayoral candidates stick to themes of jobs, education, transit
clear smoke before Super Bowl visitors come
VIEW: Future of smoking ban seems bright, for now
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 ...
denies injunction seeking to allow smoking at Delaware ...
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 ...
proof that smoke bans work
IUPUC, Ivy Tech, Harrison College and Purdue College of Technology have adopted tough policies related to smoking in their buildings and the surrounding ...
for the better
I have enjoyed this past month of smoke-free entertainment in Delaware
County. ... Now that all public places in Delaware County are smoke-free,
Shore Convention and Visitors Authority looks to level ...
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. ...
Smoke-free policies help reduce the adult smoking rate, something we need in ... Smoke-free laws also protect the public, including workers and business ...
hires Indianapolis firm to defend smoking ban
... 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
to find successor in smoking ban case
ban hearing snuffed out
County smoking ban hearing ends abruptly
Smoking rate drops among students at Indiana University ($$)
Campus smoking ban reduced students' smoking, changed attitudes
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Smoking bans have become more common on university
campuses, but do they work? Do they help reduce smoking in this newly
ready for smoking ban lawsuit
race puts Indy's future at stake
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.
race IS ON
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 ...
Circuit Court 1 Judge Marianne Vorhees accepts smoking ban case
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 ...
smoking offenders warned of prohibition
Judges to court employees: No social media for you
judge turns down Delaware County smoking ban lawsuit
judge appointed to smoking ban suit
says statewide smoking ban has a shot at passing
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. ...
bar patrons head for the patio
IU Health policy: You can't smoke at work or on off-campus break
Decline in smoking makes now a good time to push a ban
health officials say smoking at historic low
VIEW: Smoking ban challenge lacks real merit
to make IN smoke-free renewed
mayor candidate Kennedy endorsed by anti-smoking group
ban legal fight needs a new judge
ban going to court
COLUMN: Indiana General Assembly guilty of nonprogressive, backward
takes hard look at city parks smoke ban
ban for parks eyed
One more project for Alice: cancer turns community icon into anti-smoking
pillar Curry dies at 66
Businesses Ban Smoking Where City Failed
on smoking in Delaware County public buildings will begin Aug. 11
Co. smoking ban sparks debate
ban still dragging
Smoking ban could save state millions
Lives, Saving Money: Two new tobacco reports from the American Cancer
Society Cancer Action Network
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. ...
County sets standard for smoke ban
County smoking ban approved
want smoking ban, survey says
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. ...
Hospital CEO backing smoking ordinance
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. ...
smoking ban still burning
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. ..
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. ...
The debate is over. We know that secondhand smoke kills. . . .
ban up for debate
council to consider banning smoking in bars, restaurants, all ...
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 ...
exempting Moose Lodge from smoking ban
College to ban smoking
Health Dept. creates Tobacco Prevention Division
The sweeping of the state budget bill through the Indiana State Legislature
left a lot of programs, and jobs, in question. ...
ban hearing set
Wabash General Hospital campus sites will become tobacco-free June 1
County Commissioners leery of smoking ban
Democrats seeking primary nod for right to face incumbent Republican
leader declares smoking ban dead for year
anti-tobacco agency's 1st decade mixed
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. ...
County Health Board to consider stricter smoking ban
panel puts out watered-down smoking ban
longer wait to be free of smoke
Smoking ban example of legislature at its worst
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. ...
smoking ban snuffed out
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. ...
ban dies in Senate
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. ...
smoking ban snuffed out, again
Senate panel sets vote on smoking ban
in Contributions from Alcohol Industry Raises Red Flags Over Senator
committee might vote on smoking ban
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. ...
Pushing Indiana Smoking Ban Willing to Compromise
bill up for a vote next week
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. ...
Smoking ban didn't hurt business
impact of a local smoke-free air law on wagering at an off-track betting
facility in Indiana
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.
study: Smoke-free air law had no effect on off-track betting facility
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." ...
returns to state to push for smoking ban
smoking ban bill stalls in Statehouse
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. ...
or health? It shouldn't be a choice
concerns cloud city's hosting of Big Ten tourney
Nationwide, 27 states now boast comprehensive bans. The Indiana House of Representatives passed asmoking-ban bill in January peppered with exemptions, ...
Joseph County smoking measure loses
... the countywide smoking ban to include bars, restaurants and private clubs. ... the county would support an ordinance banning smoking in all workplaces.
lacking for expanded smoking ban
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, ...
smoking ban loses some punch after changes
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
man charged with threatening Gov. Mitch Daniels over smoking ban
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." ...
Ind. county closer to banning smoking in bars
smoking ban headed for vote
to discuss improving state of city
owners get ready for Vanderburgh smoking ban
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 ...
smoke free bill heads to IN Senate
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.
Were 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 Associations statewide advocacy committee. Representatives Charlie Brown and Eric Turner have worked very hard to make Indiana smoke free. We thank them for their efforts." ...
to revisit smoke ban
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 ...
Council tables smoke free ordinance while legislators downstate mull
The Chesterton Town Council has opted to tablefor the momenta 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 Chestertons own smoke-free ordinance ...
House OKs bill banning smoking in most public places
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
EDITORIAL: Bad compromise on state smoking ban
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.
ban back on table in St. Joseph County
eyes tougher smoking ban
ban debate to resume in St. Joe County
weaken law too much
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 ...
ban clears Indiana House
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 ...
smoking ban clears House
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 ...
Ban Bill Moves to State Senate
give smoking ban a better chance
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. ...
to take up House-passed texting ban
Pledges First-Ever Hearing on Smoking Ban
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. ...
Exceptions rule over smoking ban
A legislature that claims to be focused on the economy, government
thrift and the general welfare of Hoosiers has some odd ways of showing
Senate will hear bans on texting and driving and workplace smoking
ban watered down in House
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. ...
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 ...
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. ...
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
"Tonight is meant to give you input," said council President
Sharon Darnell. ...
EDITORIAL: New standard in workplace safety
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 councils unanimous 9-0 vote reflected that reality.
Unfortunately, the ordinance wont be implemented for another year and a half. ...
smoking ban may have its best chance yet
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. ...
lack of full smoking ban is shameful
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. ...
statewide smoking ban up for discussion again
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 ...
to vote on statewide smoking ban
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 ...
constitutes 'casino' for smoke ban exemption?
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. ...
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 ...
smoking ban passes Council
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 werent 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 ...
State wants to have it both ways on smoking ban
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 ...
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 ...
Terre Haute To Go Smoke Free
It's been a burning debate for Terre Haute residents, but now the city
will have a smoking ban.
"This is huge; I mean it has been six years of working on one form of legislation or another.
Carrie Evans is relieved. ...
hears non-smoking pleas
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." ...
say bill to ban smoking will exempt casinos
smoking ban back on the table
Smoking Ban Could Cost State $190M a Year
time to clear the air
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 dont 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 states population above the age of 18 are smokers, including 41 percent of Indianas 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 ...
takes up smoking ban
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. ...
Co. smoking ban plan moves ahead
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 ...
BAN 2-DAY SERIES: 68 percent of bar employees against smoking ban
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 ...
smoking ban has veterans, fraternal organizations worried
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.
Its 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 ...
Snuffs Out Smoking
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. ...
owners opposed to no-smoking rule voice their concerns
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 Ambrosinis 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. ...
ban starts; businesses steamed
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 ...
on Indiana smoking ban scheduled for Wednesday
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. ...
debates snuffing out smoking
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. ...
council swears in new president
members should vote for ban
smoking ban gains support in Indiana
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 were kind of behind the curve. When I travel to other states and visit a sports bar to watch a game, theres nobody smoking there. ...
Council eyes workplace smoking ban
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 dont 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. ...
not met for St. Joseph County smoking ban to be revisited
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. ...
Joe County smoking ban debate resurfaces
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 ...
[sic] sets meeting on anti-smoking law
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. ...
on St. Joe County smoking ban delayed
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. ...
smoking in Indy: Let them know we want clean air
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?" ...
to constituents and pass a smoke-free law
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 ...
facts show danger's in the air
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 ...
Statewide smoking ban is overdue
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 hasnt caught fire in the halls of powerat least thats been the case in Indiana.
While 27 other states and cities large and small across the country have stepped up to protect the publics 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 hasnt done anything. In Indianapolis, the partial smoking
ban that went into effect in 2006 was a good start, but the citys
bars and some of its restaurants are still thick with smoke. Mayor Greg
Ballards reluctance to get behind a stronger ordinance is a black
eye for a city trying to become a magnet for life sciences workers and
input will be sought on Chesterton smoking ban
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." ...
choices ahead for Indiana lawmakers
ban to committee Tuesday
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 councils 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, theres 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
A Fifth Time The Charm For A Statewide Smoking Ban?
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 ...
Statewide smoking ban could pass in 2011
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 billladen by numerous exemptions tacked on in the Housefailed to get a committee hearing. ...
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 ...
should be smoke free, survey says
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. ...
Indiana anti-smoking advocate honored
Tuesday night, at the Alcohol Tobacco & Other Drugs (ATOD) sections 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 years 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 Associations
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 years meeting charged each
participant to become primary advocates in their communities, educating
on social health issues ...
County smoking ordinance adopted
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. ...
Joseph County smoking ban could expand
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. ...
smoke ban law, but debate smolders
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." ...
ponders smoking ordinance
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. ...
County could soon make decision on smoking ban
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 ...
dragging heels over smoke-free workplaces
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 ...
to smoke-free air
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
of smoking ban killing Hoosiers
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 ...
becomes tobacco-free 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. ...
voices on tobacco panel
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 ...
VIEW: It's time for county to enact a tougher smoking ban
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 ...
for a smoke-free Vigo?
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. ...
answers questions about smoking
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. ...
could be key point in Lowell vote
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. ...
considers tobacco-free campus
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." ...
County officials eyeing more restrictive smoking ban
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. ...
Board proposes total ban on smoking in workplace
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 ...
County Council, County Commissioner candidates mix it up in debate
precedent still set in Bloomington
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 ...
seeking to expand county smoking ban
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 ...
mulls enactment of smokefree workplace ordinance
The Town of Chestertonor at least its workplacescould 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 Chestertons 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 populationhave gone smoke-free in all workplacesand that doing so in Chesterton would protect residents, visitors, and children from the dangers of second-hand smoke ...
County considering smoking ban
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
Rural Communities Favor Smoke-Free Workplace Law
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. ...
smoking fallout slowly settles over town
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 ...
council passes tough smoking ban
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 ...
County workers say smoking ban's a joke
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. ...
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.
ban removed from park board meeting agenda
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 citys law department has pulled the proposed smoking ban from the agenda.
At this point were still looking into it, said assistant
city attorney Kim Vessels.
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 ...
exemptions offered to Lowell smoking ban
council likely to pass smoking ban
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.
EDITORIAL: Why wait to clear the air?
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 dont like to bathe in their own or someone elses cigarette smoke, especially while they eat. Wrin said she had been considering such a move for some time because shes had complaints about the Verves indoor air quality from customers who quit coming to the Wabash Avenue night club and from touring band members who cant believe Terre Haute (and Vigo County) still allow smoking in publicly used spaces. The Ballyhoos decision inspired her, she said.
Wrin is a smoker, but believes the countys 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 ...
fight enters Round 4
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." ...
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
renew push for statewide smoking ban
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 Browns fourth attempt to implement a full workplace
ban, which would include restaurants and bars, and he said hes
confident that it can pass this year. ...
workplace advocates gather at Statehouse
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 ...
debates merits of local smoking ban
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. ...
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.
Verve about to kick smoking status
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. ...
County Health Department Propses Indoor Smoking Ban
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.
Bowl kicks the smoking habit
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 its just, My God, its 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 childs 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, Ive got to help these people, Ephlin said. Thats the story that started smoke-free weekends. ...
group seeking members
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
air in Lowell may go up in smoke
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...
"sit in" at local bar
A local advocacy took a stand by sitting down to lunch at Logans Rib-Eye.
On a typical day Logans 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 Logans Rib-Eye Scott Logan said. ...
can lead state in becoming smoke free
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.
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. ...
a heart and pass comprehensive smoking laws
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. ...
residents debate smoke ban proposal
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.
ban's odds would be a little better in the Statehouse
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.
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." ...
ban is about saving lives
shows support for Indy smoking ban
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.
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. ...
of Indianapolis Voters Support Law Making Bars, and Other Workplaces
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. ...
wants cessation programs, not smoking bans
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.
smoking ban in Indianapolis may get new life
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.
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. ...
clear in Austin, music sounds great, bars thrive
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. ...
for Indiana to go smoke-free
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. ...
McShurley talks with Muncie residents
...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....
owners balk at smoking ban
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. ...
for stricter Evansville smoking ban to continue
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. Its a sad implication that a dollar is more important than a life, Caine said. ...
say they're ready to try smoking ban
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. ...
fighting for agency's life
Indiana's premier anti-smoking agency survived a mortal threat in this
past session of the Indiana General Assembly, but the danger has not
of anti-smoking program unclear
Has Indiana been successful in cutting the rate of smoking in the past decade? It all depends on whom you ask.
"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. ...
Push legislators to let locals vote on smoking bans
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
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?
Mayor's support sought on stronger smoking ban
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 citys 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. ...
councilwomen weigh smoking ban
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. ...
County ranks 46th when it comes to overall health in Indiana
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. ...
missing council member have changed smoking ban outcome?
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. ...
City Council hits impasse on smoking ban
The City Council reached a stalemate tonight on a proposal to tighten Evansvilles 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.
Councilman John Friend, D-5th Ward, was one of the members who voted against the amendment, saying he couldnt 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 shouldnt exempt, he
COMMUNITY COMMENT: Smoking ban would provide economic benefit to the
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.
council to vote on smoking ban Monday
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? ...
ban to get medical support
* 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 ...
anti-smoking agency could be snuffed out
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.
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." ..
clearing on council support
* 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. ...
smoking ban snuffed out once again
City Council to consider stricter smoking ban
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.
Almost all of the major of cities have this, he said. This isnt off the wall. This isnt radical.
But some worry a stricter ban will lessen their business ability to compete. Dan DiLegge, a co-owner of DiLegges restaurant, said he doesnt understand why the city should allow any exemptions. ...
Assembly session enters final days
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 bills 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 theyre next on his list, Austin said. Hes coming after them. ...
Intervention Won't Save Smoking Ban Bill
Weak smoking ban hurts city's hospitality efforts
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. ...
rekindles smoking ban
INDIANAPOLIS Advocates of a statewide smoking ban gained new hope this week, as the Indiana House of Representatives reignited legislation ...
deadline day, these bills made it through House, Senate
smoking ban wins passage in House
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.
ban request comes before council
Some Bluffton High School students, making their first steps into the political process, asked the citys 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. ...
clears: Tobacco prevention, cessation agency survives committee review
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. ...
keep Westfield progressing
Smoking ban: Indiana General Assembly: Will a statewide smoking ban
bill die again?
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.
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.
GUEST COLUMN: Smoking ban not an intrusion on rights
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. . . .
smoking ban unlikely to move in Senate
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. ...
smoking ban clears House
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. ...
ban rides wave of midseason deadline
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. ...
House makes more changes to proposed statewide ban on smoking in ...
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. ...
smoke free bill gaining steam
"I don't really mind stepping out smoking," said smoker
"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
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
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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."
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. ...
attend town hall meeting to support workplace smoking ban
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. ...
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.
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. . . .
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. ...
to ban smoking must be resuscitated
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. ...
vows to keep up fight to ban smoking
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
ban bill goes up in smoke
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
"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. ...
Group Opposed to Provisions in Senate Bill
The Campaign for a Tobacco-Free Indiana is concerned about provisions
in a Senate bill moving through the statehouse.
Lawmakers blow smoke with exemptions to ban
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." ...
Ban Bill Could Fail in Indiana House
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 ...
Kick partisan habit and pass ban
Once again, Indiana has an opportunity to join the majority by striking
a statewide blow against the medical and economic menace of secondhand
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. ...
Smells like Big Tobacco has something to do with this
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. ...
Joseph County smoke-free since 2006
Business went up, he said, while complaints went down.
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.
kill off anti-smoking agency
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.
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. ...
House panel backs statewide smoking ban
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. ...
Ban in effect in Huntington
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. ...
sides cheer vote on smoking ban
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. ...
vote likely to go on back burner
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
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
there's smoke, there's fiery debate
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. ...
Further Restricts Smoking
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. ...
smoking top agenda for new session
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. ...
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
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." ...
County Libertarian Party takes aim at Smoke Free Indy
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. ...
Hoosiers burned in smoke study
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. ...
outpuffs most of nation
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. ...
mayor would veto expanded smoking ban
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." ...
wants smoking ban changes: Proposed policy would have no exemption for
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. ...
Ban Vote Could Put Ballard In Tough Spot
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.
smoking ban gets new life
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.
ban's expiration date sparks new dispute in council
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. ...
Indy's behind the pack
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.
goes down in flames of secrecy
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.''
Weighs In On Smoking Ban Debate
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." ...
fails to protect workers from smoke
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. ...
no smoke: IU Southeast students protest smoking ban
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." ...
veto threat helped kill smoking ban
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. ...
Indianapolis Smoking Ban Doesn't Pass
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
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. ...
Rejoice In Indecisive Vote
tables smoking ban
of Commerce Endorses Smoking Ban
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."
council to vote tonight on stricter workplace smoking ban
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. ...
against ban go up in smoke
air for progressive city
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. ...
smoke's cost adds up for county
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. ...
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 ...
whose dad represents tobacco industry says he won't vote on smoking
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. ...
finds secondhand smoke costs city millions
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. ...
panel OKs workplace smoking ban
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. ...
smoking ban passes committee
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.
tonight for Indy workplace smoke ban
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. ...
advocates release study results
Indianapolis - A new study was released Tuesday on secondhand smoke
in Indianapolis. The study measured air quality at ten workplaces in
"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.
Air Quality Monitoring Study
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.
must emerge from haze of smoking debate
Ballard: Fever, smoking ban and greening Indy
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." ...
Indy is late to ban smoking
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 isnt, 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.
Smoking Ban Controversy at Marion County City-Council Meeting
The proposed smoking ban expansion in Marion County has far reaching
ramifications and opponents have already begun to spark up debate. .
leaders discuss expanded smoking ban
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.
"Hey people like it. That's all there is to it," said Brothers
supervisor Jesse Trent. ...
ban enforcement beefed up at Statehouse
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. ...
workplace smoking ban proposed
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."
Files Lawsuit Against His Own Commission
Marion County looks to expand smoking ban
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.
floats smoke-free proposal
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. ...
approves smoking ban
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. ...
spend freely to keep cigarettes lit
An Indiana General Assembly interim study commission met recently to
look at the state's gaming industry and contemplate changes for the
to vote on smoking ban
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. ...
City Council will vote on smoking ban
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.
Carmel and Indianapolis have similar ordinances. Franklin, Plainfield
and Zionsville have smoking bans that include bars. ...
smoking-ban proposal set for a Sept.14 vote
he City Council is poised to vote on a proposed smoking ban next month.
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. ...
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. ...
to vote on amended smoking ban proposal Sept. 14
The Westfield City Council will vote on a smoking ban next month.
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. ...
store seeks a new approach to brand
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
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. ...
too soon to judge effectiveness of "smoking islands"
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.
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. ...
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. ...
Bars Go Smoke-Free
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. ...
fails to approve smoking ban exemption
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. ...
reconsiders smoking ban
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. ...
council looks at smoking ban
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. ...
may soften proposed smoking ban
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. ...
prevention takes big hit in new budget
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. ...
ban causes controversy
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 ...
ban on Westfield council agenda again
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. ...
Wayne cigar club limited by legal twist
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. ...
years later, WL smoking ban yields few complaints
Its 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 publics cooperation. ...
smokers snuff out
"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. ...
Calumet is going 'smoke-free'
seek exemption from Elkhart smoking ban
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. ...
makes changes in smoking ordinance
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. ...
foes hail city ban as model
Two years after its inception, Fort Waynes comprehensive smoking ban is being touted across the state.
While the debate over prohibiting smoking hasnt 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 Waynes public indoor workplaces, including restaurants and bars, June 1, 2007. ...
hopes to curb smoking gripes
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. ...
in Elkhart bars to end Friday
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. ...
shows support for county-wide 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. ...
considers a smoking ban
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. ...
Advocates Working One City at a Time
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
Tully: Franklin leads with smoking ban
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.
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 ....
adopts wide-ranging smoking ban
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. ...
smoking ban now appears dead
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. ...
lawmaker launches new push for state smoking ban
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. ...
restrictions set at Courthouse
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.
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. ...
workplaces to be discussed during Town Hall
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. ...
Seeks To Eliminate Smoking Ban Exemptions
Point marks smoke-free year
Co. bans smoking in car with kids
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. The Monroe County commissioners have approved an expansion of the countys 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 countys 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.
smoking ban running into snags
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. ...
Co. axes smoking in public
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.
Smoking Bans Don't Hurt Bars, Casinos
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.
County could ban smoking in cars with kids
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.
growing for smokefree workplaces
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
leaders lobby at Statehouse for smoking ban
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...
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.
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:
Tobacco's elected friends
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.
smoking ban may be helping town's food and beverage tax, official says
Plainfield's collection of food and beverage taxes has continued to
climb despite the recession and the town's ban on smoking in public
"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.
Workers deserve tougher smoke ban
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.
Ban Discussion Gets Heated
The first of three town hall meetings was decidedly one-sided, having been organized solely by Smoke Free Indy,
ban amended to allow tougher stand
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.
64% of voters support smoking ban
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.
House panel passes smoke-free workplace bill
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.
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.
smoking ban hearing packed
Speakers for and against the states 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.
Secondhand smoke costs Indiana $390 million a year
The study found that an estimated 1,194 Hoosiers died in 2007 from
diseases caused by secondhand smoke.
prove case for smoking ban
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.
House To Hear Proposal On Statewide Smoking Ban
health group seeks tougher smoking law
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 doesnt 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.
Have a heart and pass statewide smoking ban
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.
of Smokefree Workplaces Gather at Statehouse
Casino air is 14 times smokier than outdoors
Indiana's casino workers and customers breathe air containing 14 times
more secondhand smoke than the air outside, a Purdue University study
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
Casinos, bars and private clubs have lobbied against such a law, arguing
it would detract from their business and infringe on their customers'
County workplaces, say this study and others on secondhand smoke show that all employees deserve protection.
want ban on smoking broadened
smoking ban: Bid to clear air gets a new push
Makers Clear the Air: TAKE NOTE Indianapolis
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.
Albany council considers smoking ban: Supporters, foes make their cases
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.
group fights for LaPorte casinos to be included in smoke-free legislation
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."
Snuffs Out Smoking
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.
Ban is breath of fresh air
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.
airport goes smoke-free
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.
University: 'We will have smoke-free campuses'
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.
should be clear: that we will have smoke-free campuses," Herbert told IU
limits places to light up
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
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.
the toxic air of hypocrisy
away the "I-have-my-rights" smokescreen
Puffing up collateral killing: It's
good for business!
logic: no business should have a license to kill
An elegy to my bride, a butterfly at last
the cure, reach for the phone
Local Smokefree Laws
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.