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Indiana’s new smoking ban


The new statewide smoking ban goes into effect July 1, 2012. The law will prohibit smoking in most public places and places of employment. It also prohibits smoking in state-owned vehicles and school buses under certain circumstances.

Smoking is also prohibited within eight feet of a public entrance to a public place and places of employment.

Smoking is permitted in horse-racing facilities, riverboats, facilities with a gambling license, cigar bars, hookah bars, certain fraternal clubs, retail tobacco stores, bars or taverns that meet certain requirements, and businesses in private residences that meet the requirements.

Businesses that are exempt from the law may still prohibit smoking at their discretion.

Smoking is permitted on an outdoor patio that is eight feet from all public entrances and where smoke may not enter where smoking is prohibited.

Places of employment may allow designated smoking areas that are located outside of the place of employment.

Private and fraternal clubs must provide a separate, designated smoking room or area. Persons under 18 years of age cannot be allowed to enter the designated area or room.

Members of private or fraternal clubs must have voted, on or before June 30, 2012, to allow smoking on the premises.