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Daniels would sign smoking ban

Publication Date: 12/7/2011
  • Author:Mark Mellinger
  • Publication:wane.com

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WANE) - In an interview with NewsChannel 15 Tuesday, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels said he will sign a statewide smoking ban into law if lawmakers pass it in 2012. He also gave some indications that he could be leaning toward supporting Republican lawmakers' efforts to make Indiana a right-to-work state in 2012. Excerpts from the interview are below.

Mark Mellinger: Would you sign a statewide smoking ban into law?

Mitch Daniels: Yes. I think the time has come. I think the evidence has grown. I think public support has grown.

You know, we've... worked to try to encourage Hoosiers to get help and quit smoking. The rate of smoking has come way down. But we're still above the national average. And I think that those who have said that this is one more way to encourage people to quit probably has a lot going for it.