Indiana statewide smoking ban now in effect


by Brittany Gonzalez

Posted on July 1, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Updated Sunday, Jul 1 at 11:47 PM

(WHAS11) -- It’ll now be harder to find a place to smoke indoors in Indiana.

A new smoking ban went into effect at the stroke of midnight Sunday.

The new statewide ban prohibits lighting up in places like restaurants, bowling alleys, and public work environments.

Those who support the law say it could be tougher, because smoking is still allowed in bars, casinos, and nursing homes.

Richard McMahan, said he is thrilled by the new ban.

“I love it. I don’t smoke at all. I breathe easier so it’s better for me,” said McMahan.

Henry Boyd said the change is an inconvenience.

“People like me usually like to smoke and have our drink at the same time," said Boyd.  "Now I’ve been reduced to having a drink and coming outside to smoke.” 

Other smokers said it was only a matter of time before a law like this was passed in Indiana.

“I’m actually okay with it. I smoke outside anyway…probably good for everybody else,” said Caleb Watts.

Marsha Thompson works at Strike and Spare Bowling Alley on State Street, and she likes to light one up.

“Bowling Alley is to come drink, smoke, bowl, and to have fun,” said Thompson.

Thompson feels the smoking ban is violating her rights.

“Everybody has the right to drive down the road or stay on their cell phone. It’s no different than drinking,” said Thompson.

Thompson worries the ban may affect business.

“A lot of the leagues have dropped off not only because of the cost, but because you can’t go and smoke and drink and have fun,” said Thompson.

For restaurants like Tucker’s, the only impact the business expects is a positive one. General Manager, Kenny Prince, said the majority of his business is non-smokers.

A lawsuit has been filed challenging the ban by the American Legion. The group says the ban is unconstitutional. 

To read the entire smoking ban bill,click here.