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Smoke-free transition meeting next week

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Beginning July 1, Indiana will be a smoke-free state, joining 29 other states to become healthier and safer for its citizens, according to tobaccofreekids.org.

To make a smooth transition, the Clay County Health Department is sponsoring an informational meeting for all business owners June 5, from 7-8:30 p.m.

"It's an informational meeting for businesses," Clay County Public Health Nurse Kim Hyatt told The Brazil Times. "People from the state will be there to answer any questions."

The meeting, which will include a discussion on the specifics of the law as well as tips, ideas and materials to help make the change simple and successful, will take place at the YMCA of Clay County, located on Kruzan Street, Brazil.

"People can ask questions about where smoking can and can't be allowed," Hyatt said. "Any businesses that have questions or concerns should attend."

Family Table Manager Richard Simon said the meeting is something he would like to attend, and he is looking forward to the law taking affect.

"We are going to open up the whole dining room for a smoke-free restaurant," he said. "I think it will help the business."

Simon told The Brazil Times the Family Table, which is located at 960 West State Road 42, Brazil, has certain hours where the restaurant is smoke-free, and business is good during those times.

"Overall, I think business will pick up," Simon said.

Free materials will be available during the meeting to use for educating staff and patrons.

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