As of July 1, 2012, the air inside most of New Albany's establishments will be smoke free. In fact, nearly all public places in the state will be smoke free. It’s all a part of Indiana's first statewide smoking ban, which was voted in as House Enrolled Act 1149. In more places than ever, Hoosiers will now be able to enjoy the benefits of smoke free air and reduce their risk of developing chronic cardiac and respiratory diseases and other health problems associated with breathing second-hand smoke.
Beginning July 1, 2012, the following places will be smoke free:
· Most places of employment
· Most public places
· Most restaurants (only restaurants that are 21 and older may allow smoking)
· The area within eight feet of public entrance to a public place or place of employment
· Any vehicle owned, leased or operated by the state
The Indiana Smoke Free Air Law will be enforced by the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission, the Indiana State Department of Health, local health departments, the Division of Fire and Building Safety, and law enforcement. Citizens can also report violations at www.in.gov/atc. This law will be enforced immediately and with no grace period.
You can find more detailed information about the smoking ban, including specific information about which establishments are included, exception forms required for excluded establishments, and download signage at www.in.gov/atc. Also, for more information about how to kick the habit once and for all, visit http://www.in.gov/quitline or visit your doctor.