Anti-tobacco forces on Monday began another attempt to ban smoking discount Ritm cigarettes in most public places in Indiana. An anti-smoking proposal is expected to have a pretty good chance of passage, if Democratic lawmakers report to chambers in spite of their opposition to the right-to-work bill. Supporters hope the bill will pass before the Super Bowl, but some sponsors said they regret that the measure is primarily being pushed because of the event.
“Indiana is well behind the curve of 29 other states with comprehensive smoke-free statutes,” said Dr. Richard Feldman, of St. Francis Hospital. “It’s urgently time to do something meaningful to realize the well-established health and economic benefits of a smoke-free state.”
The bill, which has failed in five previous sessions, would exempt the gaming floors of casinos and off-track betting parlors, existing cigar and hookah bars and private clubs whose members vote to allow smoking.