The bill, also known as the Smoke-Free Air Bill, has a six-year history in the making.
The Tobacco Prevention Commission, formerly known as the Indiana Tobacco Prevention Commission, has worked for the past 10 years to reduce the number of Hoosiers exposed to second-hand smoke.
Each year, more and more exemptions have been added to the bill to keep it from passing. This time, however, the bill made it out of committee with a single vote.
"This is a solid move in the right direction," Clay County Tobacco Prevention Program Director Kandace Brown said. "The bill isn't perfect, but it's great to see it move through committee with such enthusiasm."
The Smoke-Free Air Bill was introduced by Rep. Eric Turner (Republican) from House District 32.
It prohibits tobacco use in bars, restaurants and workplaces. Private clubs will be required to limit patrons on premises to those who are 18-older, protecting the health of children.
Casinos will be required to limit smoking to gambling floors only. No one will be allowed to smoke in any other part of a casino in Indiana.
There is also a stipulation included for cigar and hookah bars, stating they must produce 85 percent of their annual revenue from tobacco sales in order to allow smoking in their facility.
Smoking will also be prohibited within 12-feet of an entrance to any building.
Gov. Mitch Daniels, in his State of the State address, encouraged lawmakers to pass a smoke-free air bill and bring Indiana into the fold of other states that protect the health of the public.
"In this Assembly, you too must set big goals," Daniels said. "We should, at long last, enact a law to protect workers and patrons across Indiana from the hazards of second-hand smoke.
"Public support has grown and so has the evidence of health risk to workers. It is time to move this long-sought objective to the finish line."
The bill could be voted on as early as Tuesday. If the bill is voted and approved, it will take effect immediately after signed into law.
"We want to encourage our legislators to pass this bill without adding any more exemptions," Brown said.