INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - A smoking ban in Marion County could become reality on Monday.That's when the full City-County Council votes on the plan.
Meantime, the proposal got a big boost Sunday. It's calledProposal 371 and it would make workplaces including bars, clubs andeven bowling alleys off limits to smokers.
"Whether you work in an office or a factory or a restaurant or abar or a bowling alley, you should have the same law applying toyou so that people don't have to choose between their health and apaycheck," said Smoke Free Indy Spokesman Tim Filler.
Now, the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce has endorsedthe plan; something that has Smoke Free Indy breathing a sigh ofrelief.
"We already know that 70-percent of the public supports the law,but it's really nice that this past week, the Indianapolis Chamberof Commerce also endorsed this," Filler said.
The current smoking ban covers businesses that serve those underthe age of 18, but Proposal 371 bans smoking in most every businesscountywide.
"There's a health win in terms of improving the health of theworkers, there's a business win in terms of the economic viability,there's a huge public support, so it's wildly popular," Filler told24-Hour News 8.
Finally, Proposal 371 also calls for 25-foot smoke free spacesbeyond the entrances and exits of smoke free establishments.
"They have in their hands something that will not only improvethe health of the workers, but also will improve the economicviability of the city and improve quality of life so thatIndianapolis can be the life sciences capital that it wants to be,"Filler said.
The only exemptions under Proposal 371 are cigar bars that havea sizable portion of their revenue from cigar or specialty tobaccosales.
The council meets Monday night at 7 o'clock.
Right now, Bloomington, Cumberland, Greencastle, Zionsvilleand Plainfield all have smoking bans in all bars and restaurants.Several other locations have partial bans.
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