Home > Tobacco Unfiltered > Indy Will Be Smoke-Free At Last!

Indy Will Be Smoke-Free At Last!

Indianapolis mayor signs smoke-free ordinance, clearing the air on June 1

Posted by: Editor | Apr 20, 2012

The years-long effort to make Indianapolis smoke-free has finally succeeded. After a long campaign by health advocates, civic leaders and public officials – and multiple votes by the City-County Council – Mayor Greg Ballard has signed a new ordinance that will make all restaurants and bars and most other workplaces smoke-free.

The mayor announced his decision on Twitter last night:

Until now, Indianapolis had been the largest city without a smoke-free law that includes restaurants and bars. The new ordinance, which takes effect June 1, will protect all Indianapolis workers and residents from secondhand smoke, which causes cancer, heart disease and other serious illnesses.

Nationwide, 29 states, Washington DC, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and more than 650 cities have laws requiring smoke-free restaurants and bars. As Indianapolis officials have recognized, no one should have to put their health at risk in order to earn a paycheck or enjoy a night out.

 

 

 

Join the Tobacco-Free Kids E-Newsletter

Learn More »
Outside the US? Click here. Are You Inside the US or Canada?
Close

Why Get Tobacco Unfiltered Email Alerts?

Get a heads up each time we blog news and information about the global tobacco epidemic and the movement to reduce tobacco use and its terrible toll of disease and death in the United States and around the world.

By signing up, you may also get occasional alerts about opportunities to fight Big Tobacco nationally. (See Our Privacy Policy)

Why Get Tobacco Unfiltered Email Alerts?

Get a heads up each time we blog news and information about the global tobacco epidemic and the movement to reduce tobacco use and its terrible toll of disease and death in the United States and around the world.

By signing up, you may also get occasional alerts about opportunities to fight Big Tobacco nationally. (See Our Privacy Policy)

About This Blog

We blog news and information about the global movement to reduce tobacco use and its devastating toll.

We expose the tobacco industry's deceitful practices and chronicle the work of advocates in the United States and around the globe who are battling the world’s leading cause of preventable death.

Comments? Feedback?