Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

July 2, 2013

Most Indiana businesses adhere to smoking ban


Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State officials say only a tiny percentage of businesses covered by Indiana's first statewide smoking ban have been cited for violations in the year since the law took effect.

State Excise Police say just 108 of the 300,000 Indiana businesses covered by the law have been cited for violating the law, which took effect in July 2012.

The law bans smoking in most indoor workplaces, including all restaurants, and requires people to stand 8 feet from an entrance before lighting up. But it has exceptions for bars, gambling facilities, cigar and hookah bars, tobacco retail stores and nonprofit private clubs such as fraternal and veterans organizations.

Travis Thickstun of the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission's enforcement division says the vast majority of covered businesses are complying with the law.