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11:41 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Few Indiana Businesses Cited in First Year of Statewide Smoking Ban

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 ban have been written up.   The law took effect in July of 2012.

It bans smoking in most indoor workplaces, including all restaurants, and requires people to stand at least eight 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.