Governor Mitch Daniels says supporters of a statewide smoking ban accomplished about 90% of their goal.
Smoking will officially be prohibited in public places when the legislation takes effect July 1. The ban exempts gaming facilities, cigar and hookah bars, tobacco shops and social clubs that take votes every two years to allow smoking.
Despite opposition from the bill’s authors, it also fully exempts bars and taverns that require patrons be 21 or older to enter. Some smoking ban advocates say if the ban doesn’t encompass everything then there’s no reason to have it.