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Indiana Bars Remain Smoke-Friendly

A recent bill was proposed in Indiana to extend the state’s smoking ban to include bars. A group of lawmakers, led by Democrat Charlie Brown were hoping to increase the already strict ban. Anti-smoking legislators filed a new version of the state ban on smoking that exempts bars from being removed from the ban.

The statewide ban in Indiana went into effect last summer after over six years of lobbying. The ban prohibits indoor smoking and includes restaurants but currently does not include bars.

Chairman of the House Public Policy Committee, Republican Bill Davis, said that he believes state lawmakers should wait a few years to see the effects of the current smoking ban before making it stricter.

With more and more smoking bans popping up throughout the country it’s surprising to see a state that’s still smoke-friendly. For now, Indiana will remain one of the more smoke-friendly states as it allows citizens to light up in bars and casinos. Larger cities in Indiana however are starting to pass their own smoking bans that include bars.