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Smoking Ban Supporters Question Exemptions in Bill

Publication Date: 3/3/2009
  • Publication:93.1 WIBC Indianapolis

A bill that would impose a statewide smoking ban in public places in Indiana is moving through the state legislature, but not in the form supporters would like.

The bill passed out of the House, but with exemptions for bars, casinos, horse tracks and off-track betting parlors.

Patty Avery of Evansville, who is a volunteer with the American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network, says that creates two classes of workers in the state. She says all workers need to be protected from second-hand smoke.

Avery says both scientific evidence and public opinion point toward the need for a ban in all public workplaces to protect people's health.

Avery hopes the bill will be restored to its tougher version when it reaches the Senate.