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No Preemption


"The American Lung Association/American Thoracic Society opposes all forms of preemption of state and local tobacco control authority. The ability of any government entity to enact tobacco control legislation is a cornerstone of an effective tobacco control policy. There is no trade-off worth the price of preempting a state or community's right to pass tobacco legislation."

American Lung Association
Policy Principle on Tobacco, April 1999


On July 1, 2012, Indiana's non-hospitality workplaces and restaurants became 100% smokefree! This law is a step forward to protect the health of workers around Indiana, but unfortunately the workers who are most exposed to secondhand smoke on the job are still at risk because the law permits smoking in bars, casinos, cigar and hookah bars, and membership clubs. Read Indiana's smokefree law.

To learn more, visit the Indiana Department of Health or Breathe Indiana.
To report a violation, fill out this online form.

Indiana's statewide law follows the enactment of strong smokefree laws by numerous communities around Indiana, including many that also include 100% smokefree bars. More communities continue to work on smokefree campaigns and strengthen laws to include all workplaces and public places. To find out how to get involved in smokefree efforts in your area , visit Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation.

Indiana law does not preempt the passage of local smokefree laws. Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in Indiana.

Current tobacco-related statistics are available from the Centers for Disease Control's Tobacco Control State Highlights, 2010.

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