STATEHOUSE –Indiana became the 30th state to have a comprehensive smoke-free statute. Rep. Eric Turner (R-Cicero) and Rep. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) co-authored the smoking ban, House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1149, which was signed by Governor Daniels into law today.
“Hoosiers’ health is a priority of the General Assembly and passing the smoking ban is now a reality for Indiana,” said Rep. Turner. “This law goes a long way to make our state smoke-free and continues to protect Hoosier workers from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke.”
The new law will make Indiana smoke free. The smoking ban prohibits smoking in public places, enclosed areas of places of employment, and within eight feet of a public entrance to a public place.
“If we can improve the health of just one Hoosier by enacting a smoking ban, I believe we have taken a step forward,” said Rep. Tim Brown. “The most important thing we can do as leaders in our communities is to protect the health, safety and welfare of our citizens.”
Currently, 31 Indiana counties and local governments already have smoking bans in place.
“Now Indiana joins the more than 50 percent of the U.S. population that have smoking bans,” said Rep. Turner. “For many years we have been anxious to protect all Hoosier workers from the effects of second hand smoke. I am pleased to say we have done that. This is a great day for the state of Indiana and specifically, a huge step forward for protecting Hoosier families and Hoosier workers all over the state from the harmful effects of second hand smoke.”
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.
The smoking ban legislation aims to protect Hoosiers from exposure to secondhand smoke in public places. When this law takes effect on July 1st, there will be thousands of businesses and work places that will be smoke free and Hoosier workers and customers will be protected from effects of second hand smoke.