Since July 1, 2012, nearly all public places in the state, including restaurants and other workplaces, became smoke-free. This change came as the result of Indiana’s first-ever statewide smoke-free air law, House Enrolled Act 1149. Hoosiers will now be able to enjoy the benefits of smoke-free air and reduce their risk of developing chronic diseases and other health problems associated with breathing secondhand smoke. Breathe Easy Indiana was created to help Hoosier residents and business owners understand the law.
About the Indiana Smoke-Free Air Law: The purpose of the Indiana Smoke-Free Air Law is to protect Hoosiers from the harmful effects of exposure to secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke contains more than 4,000 substances, including 200 known poisons and 43 cancer-causing agents. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has classified secondhand smoke as a cause of cancer in humans.
Smoking is prohibited in the following places:
Most places of employment
Most public places
The area within (8) eight feet of a public entrance to a public place or a place of employment
Any vehicle owned, leased, or operated by the state if the vehicle is being used for a governmental function
Smoking will continue to be permitted in the following places:
Bars and taverns
Tobacco retail shops
State licensed gaming facilities
Licensed horse track facilities
*Fraternal, veteran, and other memberships clubs may allow smoking if they meet the following requirements:
Established as a club or fraternity under the law
Provides food and alcoholic beverages to only its members and their guests
Vote every two years to allow smoking by its members during business meetings
Provide a separate, enclosed designated smoking room that is ventilated and only allow 18 and older to enter
Local communities have the ability to adopt stronger smoke-free laws than state law.
If a local law covers more workplaces than the state law, the local law remains in effect.
If a local law does not cover as many workplaces or is less restrictive than the state law, the state law prevails.
Frequently Asked Questions Smoke-Free Air Law - The Alcohol and Tobacco Commission (ATC) has three Frequently Asked Questions documents to assist the general public and business owners in better understanding Indiana's smoke-free air law. Please review the Frequently Asked Questions below or on their website athttp://www.in.gov/atc.