Indiana Smoking Ban Begins
Indiana's Smoking Ban has officially kicked in.
The new law primarily bans smoking in restaurants, workplaces, hotels and building lobbies in Indiana. It does not prohibit smoking in bars, taverns, casinos, retail tobacco shops, cigar and hookah bars or private membership and fraternal clubs. American Lung Association of Indiana Spokesperson Lindsay Grace says the ban is a step in the right direction, but the group wanted state lawmakers to pass a complete ban.
Grace says the law leaves out too many workers and has too many exemptions. Still, Grace says the ban should help reduce the number of deaths from second hand smoke each year in the state. Currently, about 1200 Hoosiers die each year from ailments brought on by exposure to second hand smoke. Grace says bar and restaurant workers have upwards of a 30 percent higher chance of lung cancer brought on by exposure to smokers. Bars and veteran's posts across Indiana have filed suit against the ban, claiming it's unconstitutional and interferes with personal rights, but Grace says the likelihood of their success is minimal. She says smoking bans nationwide have withstood strong challenges.