|Start Date: ||3/9/2012|
|End Date: ||3/9/2012|
STATEHOUSE –Indiana is well on its way to becoming smoke-free. Rep. Eric Turner (R-Cicero) authored House Bill (HB) 1149 which passed out of the Senate with a final vote on Friday and is now ready for the Governor to sign into law.
The smoking ban legislation, HB 1149, will prohibit smoking in public places, enclosed areas of places of employment, and within eight feet of a public entrance to a public place.
“The smoking ban passing out of the Senate means we are one step closer to a smoke-free Indiana,” said Rep. Turner. “I think we have done the best we can to reach an appropriate compromise that moves us forward by protecting Hoosiers’ health.”
The legislation would allow smoking in certain gaming facilities, cigar and hookah bars and fraternal, social and veterans clubs, tobacco stores, and bars and taverns.
Indiana will become the 30th state to have a comprehensive smoke-free statute.
“Hoosiers’ health is a priority of the General Assembly and passing the smoking ban is now becoming a reality for Indiana,” said Rep. Turner. “This piece of legislation continues to protect Hoosier workers from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke, and I am confident the Governor will sign this into law.”
The smoking ban legislation aims to protect Hoosiers from exposure to secondhand smoke in public places.
The bill would be effective July 1, 2012.
Rep. P. Eric Turner serves as Speaker Pro Tem and represents District 32 which includes parts of Grant, Miami, Tipton, Howard, and Hamilton Counties.
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