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Indiana to enforce statewide smoke-free law in July

Sunday, April 8, 2012

On July 1, 2012, the statewide smoke-free law goes into effect. Smoking is prohibited in place of employment, public places and restaurants.

Smoking is permitted in bars and taverns, cigar bars, Hookah bars, state and licensed gaming facilities and licensed horse track facilities. Smoking in cars is permitted as well.

If minors under the age of 21, who are not employees of the establishment, are permitted into any portion of the establishment at any time, restaurants must be smoke free. If the entire establishment is 21 and over, the establishment may allow smoking. Restaurants that only allow individuals 21 and up to enter the establishment can allow smoking.

Most workplaces, except for bars, taverns, membership clubs, tobacco retail shops, cigar bars, hookah bars, casinos and satellite or off track betting facilities, will be smoke-free by July 1, 2012.

The distance from the entrance of the building an individual can smoke is at least 8 feet from the entrance of the building.

Fraternity and private clubs may allow smoking in their facility if they meet the following requirements: 501(c)3, established as a club or fraternity under the law, provides food and alcoholic beverages to only its members and their guests, vote every two years to allow smoking by its members during business meetings, provide a separate, enclosed, designated smoking room, which is ventilated, and only allow 18 and older to enter.

Secondhand smoke is a serious public health issue. This law is to protect individuals from the dangers of secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke contains more than 4,000 substances including 200 known poisons and 43 cancer-causing agents. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has classified secondhand smoke as a cause of cancer in humans (Group A carcinogen). The bill can be found: http://www.in.gov/legislative/bills/2012....

The new law is enforced by The Alcohol & Tobacco Commission, The State Department of Health, Local Health Departments, A Health & Hospital Corporation (Marion County), The Division of Fire and Building Safety established with the Department of Security and law enforcement officers.

Specific penalties for violating the smoke-free law include: A person who smokes in an area where smoking is prohibited by the state law commits prohibited smoking, a Class B infraction. If the person has to be adjudged to have committed at least three prior unrelated infractions, the person commits prohibited smoking, Class A infraction. The owner, manager, operator or official in charge of a public place or place of employment who fails to comply with requirements of the state law commits Class B infractions. If the owner, manager, operator or official has been adjudged to have committed at least three prior unrelated infractions under the state law, failure to comply is a Class A infraction.

An infraction is a violation of an ordinance or statute that does not subject the person to a criminal conviction or jail time. A speeding ticket would be an example of an infraction. Signs will be required at all public entrances of enclosed public places and places of employment. An owner, operator, manager or official in charge of a public place or place of employment shall post conspicuous signs at each public entrance that read "State Law Prohibits Smoking Within 8 Feet of this Entrance" or other similar language.

The owner, operator, manager or official in charge of an establishment or premises in which smoking is allowed under this section shall post conspicuous signs in the establishment that read "WARNING: Smoking is Allowed in this Establishment" or other similar language. If a local law covers more workplaces than the state law, the local law remains in effect, as is the case with the Terre Haute policy, which does include bars and taverns.

"Greencastle and Terre Haute both have city ordinances that are more effective than the State's policy.

Those city policies will supersede the State's law.

Although under the state law, bars are permitted to allow smoking, the bars in Terre Haute and Greencastle are not exempt from the local policies and smoking is prohibited", says Alia Hazel, Director of the Terre Haute Tobacco Prevention and Cessation.

Also, if a local law does not cover as many workplaces or is less restrictive than the state law, the state law controls. It is in the power of the local community to adopt a stronger smoke-free law than the state smoke free law.

Kandace Brown, director of the Clay County Tobacco Coalition and Cessation, states she is glad to know workers in restaurants will soon be protected from second-hand smoke.

"This is not the comprehensive ordinance the Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Agency had worked toward in hope of obtaining protection for all workers. In fact, it is a weak smoke-free workplace law compared to our neighboring states.

That being said, I am glad to continue my work with like-minded organizations to promote smoke-free cars and smoke-free home pledges and will continue to educate on the dangers of smoking, second-hand smoke and third-hand residual smoke. Policy requires change in behavior for the betterment of the majority. Education promotes change in behavior by connecting the heart and the mind to better understanding."


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Bull-hockey.

-- Posted by My Dime on Sun, Apr 8, 2012, at 9:33 PM

all of you trying to stop smoking must not like money.......you want money for lord knows what the first thing you do is raise the prices of tobacco products. With all the money I spend on cigs I should be able to smoke where ever I want. If you dont like my smoke go some place else nobody is holding a gun to your head to make you eat work or play around my smoke. I know this is a little silly but why are smoke-free peoples rights more important then my right to light up when and where I want.....

-- Posted by cyncee812 on Mon, Apr 9, 2012, at 6:38 AM

@cyncee812

Smoking is a privilege, not a right, just like driving. As such, it can be controlled. Based on government regulation and numerous studies stating the detrimental effects of smoking, the wiser choice is to protect those who do not smoke than honor the wishes of those who do.

"With all the money I spend on cigs I should be able to smoke where ever I want."

Spending money gives you rights? Okay. I wish it was that easy. With all the money I spend on gas, I should be able to drive as fast as I want.

"If you dont like my smoke go some place else nobody is holding a gun to your head to make you eat work or play around my smoke."

There are local restaurants I will not visit because of the smoke. The Iron Skillet and Sunrise are two of them. Instead, we go to Pappy's BBQ or eat in Terre Haute.

As for working around your smoke, the ability to stay away isn't so easy. I should look for another job because you want to smoke? That makes sense.

-- Posted by jerad on Mon, Apr 9, 2012, at 10:42 AM

Secondhand smoke is a serious public health issue. This law is to protect individuals from the dangers of secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke contains more than 4,000 substances including 200 known poisons and 43 cancer-causing agents. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has classified secondhand smoke as a cause of cancer in humans (Group A carcinogen). THIS IS EXACTLY WHY THE INDIANA LEGISLATORS, WHO DELAYED THE PASSAGE OF A STATEWIDE SMOKEFREE LAW FOR SO LONG, (AND WOULD ONLY AGREE TO A WATERED DOWN LAW WITH EXCESSIVE EXEMPTIONS) SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES.

Evanston is another city that was progressive enough to include bars in their local smokefree law.

cyncee812 - take your head out from underneath the sand, realize that you are addicted to a deadly substance and think about your friends and family that don't want your life to be shortened by your continued denial of your addiction.

-- Posted by smokefree on Tue, Apr 10, 2012, at 3:07 AM

Cigarettes kill Americans. My mama died of lung cancer. :(

-- Posted by Combat VET on Sat, Apr 14, 2012, at 9:11 AM

SINCE WHEN IS IT A PRIVALEDGE TO SMOKE I'VE NEVER HEARD OF THAT ONE.IF THAT IS THE CASE THEN IT MUST BE A PRIVALEDGE TO HAVE A HEART-ATACK OR BECOME A WHEEL CHAIR BOUND PERSON OR ANYTHING ELSE YOU PEOPLE WANT TO BLAME ON CIGS.

GOD FORGIVE US IF WE TAX BOOZE OR MAKE IT ILLEGAL, OH THAT'S RIGHT THEY DID THAT BUT IT DIDN'T STICK,THE REASON---- TO MANY DRUNKS IN LOCAL AND GOV. SEATS.

AND WHILE WE'RE AT HOW ABOUT CLOSEING THE STEEL MILLS AND THE COAL MINES IN W.VIRGINIA THEY MORE PEOPLE TO DIE OF BLACK LUNG THAN CIGS, BUT DO YOU HEAR ABOUT THAT, I DON'T THINK SO HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE TO GET LAID OFF OR FIRED BEFORE YOU QUIT MESSING AROUND WITH US. SMOKERS TAKE A STAND

-- Posted by mikes2old56 on Sat, Jun 2, 2012, at 5:00 AM

I'M SORRY IF THIS HURTS ANYONES FEELINGS BUT THAT'S HOW I FEEL. I'M A DISABLED VET MYSELF AND I FEEL IF I WAS GOOD ENOUGH TO TAKE A BULLET FOR MY COUNTRY ( WHICH I WOULD AGAIN IN A HEARTBEAT)I SHOULD BE ABLE TO SMOKE.

I KNOW I'LL TAKE UP DRINKING AND WALK DOWN THE STREET WITH A BOTTLE OF BOOZE, IN A BROWN BAG OF COARSE

PEOPLE WAKE UP OBAMA HASN'T DONE TO WELL WITH THE

ECONOMY LET'S NOT HELP HIM PUT MORE PEOPLE OUT OF WORK. LET'S START WORKING ON LOWERING THE GAS PRICES AND MORE PEOPLE WILL HAVE MONEY TO SPEND IIN STORES LIKE GROCERY AND RETAIL STORES. PEOPLE WILL ACUALLY BE ABLE TO BUY GOOD FOOD

-- Posted by mikes2old56 on Sat, Jun 2, 2012, at 5:29 AM

I am a smoker and I think they should just leave us alone. If I choose to smoke that is my decision. I don't smoke in your house or in your workplace but at least give me the freedom to smoke outside. Someone earlier said they don't go to places where there is smoking aloud well what if all of us smokers didn't go to where smoking wasn't aloud what would that do to the econmy. We go over seas and fight wars and help other countries try to have more freedom but yet our government is taking away our freedom with the smoking bans the high gas prices and the every american has to buy health ins. If things weren't so expensive people might be able to afford to live without being on welfare.

-- Posted by H&M on Thu, Jun 28, 2012, at 7:29 AM

As a smoker I feel my rights are violated. As a non smoker u have the right to choose to sit in a non smoking restaurant as I have should have the choice to sit in smoking. If u can drink and it offends me and it is a serious health issue should the ban drinking? There are many things in life that are bad for one person and u choose to avoid them so why would u choose to stop smoking. As a disabled american veteran I believe that one person rights should not be violated to make another person happy. We all have choices and I choose to smoke leave me alone

-- Posted by Jethro2000 on Sun, Jul 1, 2012, at 9:13 AM

I am a non-smoker and I think they should leave you alone. Where does this upcoming Nazi-tpye government end?

-- Posted by My Dime on Sun, Jul 1, 2012, at 1:16 PM

Welcome to the 21st century Clay County Peace.

-- Posted by Combat VET on Tue, Jul 3, 2012, at 11:18 AM

THE SMELL IN THE SUNRISE AND IRON SKILLET HAS ALREADY IMPROVED,THE STATE FINALLY DID SOMETHING RIGHT!!!SMOKERS WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND OR CARE WHAT THEY DO TO INNOCENT BYSTANDERS AND ESPECIALLY CHILDREN WHO CAN'T GET AWAY FROM THE SECOND HAND POISON.SMOKERS NEED TO STAY IN A ROOM AWAY FROM OTHERS WHERE THERE POISON SECOND HAND SMOKE WON'T KILL ANYONE ELSE.

-- Posted by brzmm on Tue, Jul 3, 2012, at 11:57 AM

brzmm

that comment was just stupid...if you are a non smoker... and take your child into a smoking establishment to eat. It's not the Resteraunts responsiblity. Your the Idiot that went into a smoking enviorment.

-- Posted by TiredofIdiots on Wed, Jul 4, 2012, at 10:39 PM

excuse my spelling if it's wrong. I don't want someone complaining about that.

-- Posted by TiredofIdiots on Wed, Jul 4, 2012, at 10:41 PM

Okay now we can't smoke. I'm a non smoker and a Veteran. I like the smell of Gun Powder. Been over the Pond on numerous Occasions. What Rights Do I have with you Liberals that I gave blood too?

I'm guessing you don't have an answer. Unless you have been in a war Zone. You don't have a clue what we Veterans have been thru. You sit on the side lines and suck up the food stamps and the Obama Care that will cost all Americans their Retierments.... Just wait..

-- Posted by TiredofIdiots on Wed, Jul 4, 2012, at 10:49 PM

TiredofIdiots BEEN THERE DONE THAT AND YOU NEED TO AT EASE and apologize to that nice lady brazmm. Ranting on here is not the answer troop I know! Please for your own benefit chill out!

-- Posted by Combat VET on Thu, Jul 5, 2012, at 12:14 AM

TiredofIdiots Thank you for your service.

-- Posted by Combat VET on Thu, Jul 5, 2012, at 12:15 AM

Just wait for what? Election day? Grow up troop and smell the coffee I eared my Medicare in Iraq and don't you forget it Tiedofidiots we fight for all to have these rights!

-- Posted by Combat VET on Thu, Jul 5, 2012, at 8:42 AM

hey you guys dont you realize that it was the republican party that passed the smoking ban and mitch daniels signed it into law ..... it's not the liberals who pushed this but big business like the insurance companies who the republican party supports... so when you go to the ballot box this fall think of what the republican party will do for big businesss and take away from the poverty line workers that toil for what little they do make........

-- Posted by brazil citizen on Thu, Jul 5, 2012, at 5:40 PM

id like to see whoever tell me where i work at i cant smoke.im a logger,whats gonna happen,sick the state pet detectives on me,i smoke where i want,like the gentalman who took a bullet for his country,i own my property,pay property taxs which pay alotta jokes on the city payroll like the park poop police,ill smoke em when i want.dont like it,kiss my @$%

-- Posted by unclegrabby on Thu, Jul 12, 2012, at 8:50 PM


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