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As you know, the majority of new Indiana laws went into effect July 1. It is important for all Hoosiers to be aware of the changes Indiana is making. Below I've highlighted two new laws that effect our state's public health.
House Enrolled Act 1149 – Smoking Ban
The new statewide smoking ban prohibits smoking in public places; in enclosed areas of a place of employment; and within eight feet of a public entrance or employment place of employment. Smoking will be allowed in certain gaming facilities, cigar and hookah bars and fraternal, social and veterans clubs, tobacco stores and bars and taverns.
Senate Enrolled Act 52 – HIV Testing
This new law will help increase the rate of HIV testing in Indiana. Early diagnosis and treatment of HIV is key to helping HIV patients live longer lives and to preventing the spread of disease. Unfortunately, too many patients in Indiana are being diagnosed with HIV after they’ve already become symptomatic. Due to low testing rates, the majority of Hoosiers diagnosed with HIV also have AIDS. The progression of HIV to AIDS has a better chance of being prevented if diagnosed earlier, and that is the goal of Indiana's new law.
Click here to view more public health legislation and a complete list of new Indiana laws. As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns or input by calling 317Â-232Â-9647 or emailing H62@in.gov.