Legislators Considering Smoking Ban

Legislators are considering a smoking ban in this session of the legislature that would prohibit smoking in public places, enclosed areas of a place of employment, in certain state vehicles and within 12 feet of a public entrance to a public place or an enclosed area of a place of employment. The bill allows smoking in certain gaming facilities, cigar bars, and retail tobacco stores if certain requirements are met.

A new poll released finds that Indiana residents are in support of the law that prohibits smoking inside all workplaces. 70 percent of those 500 polled support the law that would also prohibit smoking at restaurants and bars. The Indiana Campaign for Smokefree Air, a coalition of health groups including the American Heart Association, American Lung Association and Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, released the survey.

The survey also found that 85 percent of those polled believe that secondhand smoke is a health hazard and 71 percent believe that the right of employees and customers to breathe clean air in restaurants and bars is more important than the right of smokers to smoke.

The Indiana House is expected to take up the smoke-free legislation this week.