Everyone in Indiana is breathing a little easier, thanks to state and local lawmakers passing laws to protect Hoosiers and visitors from the dangers of secondhand smoke.
See the local laws below, and know what to expect.
In all 92 Indiana counties most workers are protected from the dangers of secondhand smoke. The law protects all workers except workers in casinos, membership clubs, bars and tobacco shops.
Beginning October 1, all Lawrence workplaces including bars, taverns, nightclubs, bowling alleys, hotels, and cigar/hookah bars will be smoke-free.
All Evansville workplaces which include bars, taverns, nightclubs, membership clubs, bowling alleys and hotels are smoke-free. However, smoking is allowed on the gaming floor of Casino Aztar.
All Indianapolis workplaces including bars, taverns, nightclubs, bowling alleys and hotels are smoke-free. However, membership clubs, tobacco shops, existing hookah and cigar bars, and the Downtown Indianapolis off-track betting facility are exempt from the ordinance. Also, electronic cigarettes are not allowed where smoking is prohibited.
All Vigo County workplaces which include bars, taverns, nightclubs, bowling alleys and membership clubs are smoke-free. Tobacco shops and cigar bars allow smoking.
All-Inclusive Smoke-free Air Laws
These cities have smoke-free air laws which includes all indoor workplaces.
According to the American Lung Association, secondhand smoke kills about 3,400 non-smokers each year from lung cancer in the U.S. with an additional 69,600 deaths from heart disease. A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services study found that the level of secondhand smoke exposure in restaurants and bars is two to five times higher than in private homes with smokers.