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IMS Snuffs Out Smoking in Grandstands

The smoking ban, announced in April, says you have to be at least 20 feet away from buildings and reserved seating areas before you can light up.

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has "snuffed out" smoking in the grandstands.

IMS is banning smoking and vaping in the grandstands, beginning with this weekend's Red Bull Air Race. The ban will apply to all future events held at the speedway, including the 2018 Indianapolis 500.

IMS President Doug Boles announced the new smoke-free policy in April.

Although smoking is now forbidden in the grandstands, the facility itself is not going completely smoke-free.

Race fans who wish to smoke can still do so, as long as they are at least 20 feet away from a building or reserved seating area when they light up. Smoking is still allowed in the infield.

IMS experimented with its new smoke-free policy earlier this year, providing smoke-free grandstands for the IndyCar Grand Prix and Brickyard 400.

(Photo by Bret Kelley/Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

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