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Since July 1, 2012, nearly all public places in the state, including restaurants and other workplaces, became smoke free. This change came as the result of Indiana’s first ever statewide smoke-free air law, House Enrolled Act 1149. Hoosiers will now be able to enjoy the benefits of smoke-free air and reduce their risk of developing chronic diseases and other health problems associated with breathing secondhand smoke. Breathe Easy Indiana was created to help Hoosier residents and business owners understand the law.
The purpose of the Indiana Smoke-Free Air Law is to protect Hoosiers from the harmful effects of exposure to secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke contains more than 4,000 substances, including 200 known poisons and 43 cancer-causing agents. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has classified secondhand smoke as a cause of cancer in humans.
Smoking is prohibited in the following places:
Smoking will continue to be permitted in the following places:
*Fraternal, veteran, and other memberships clubs may allow smoking if they meet the following requirements:
To view House Enrolled Act 1149, visit http://www.in.gov/legislative/bills/2012/HE/HE1149.1.html.
The Indiana Smoke Free Air Law will primarily be enforced by:
The following entities may also enforce the law:
Local communities have the ability to adopt stronger smoke free laws than the state law.
Smoke-Free Air Law - The Alcohol and Tobacco Commission (ATC) has three Frequently Asked Questions documents to assist the general public and business owners in better understanding Indiana's smoke-free air law. Please review the Frequently Asked Questions below or on their website at http://www.in.gov/atc.
Visit http://www.breatheindiana.com/ for materials to help your business comply with the law.
For free assistance quitting smoking and other tobacco, please call the Indiana Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-QUITNOW (1-800-784-8669) or visit the website at http://www.in.gov/quitline/.