Press Release From Smoke Free Indy

In State News on May 6, 2009 at 7:44 am

Smoke Free Indy is hoping to follow in Franklin’s footsteps:

Franklin Adopts Expansion Of Smokefree Law To Include Bars And Clubs. Is Indianapolis Next?

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Members of the City Council in Franklin, Indiana, voted 6 to 1 tonight (May 4) to expand Franklin’s smokefree workplace law to cover all workplaces, including bars and membership clubs.  Franklin previously had an ordinance that protected some workers in their workplace, but did not protect others, depending on the type of workplace.

Now every worker in Franklin — even those who work in bars and clubs — will enjoy the same protection from the serious negative health consequences attributable to secondhand smoke.

By enacting the ordinance adopted tonight, Franklin joins the growing number of municipalities in Indiana and nationwide to adopt comprehensive smokefree workplace ordinances that protect workers, including those who work in bars, clubs and restaurants, among other workplaces.  The new expanded ordinance is scheduled to take effect in 30 days.

Smoke Free Indy congratulates the Franklin City Council and Franklin Mayor Fred Paris for taking this important step to protect the health of all workers in Franklin.  This action in Franklin hopefully will serve as a call to action to other policymakers, particularly here in Indianapolis, to protect all workers from on-the-job exposure to secondhand smoke.  Workers here in Indianapolis, just like in Franklin, shouldn’t have to choose between their health or their paychecks, and everyone deserves the same protection under the law.

Indianapolis’ current smokefree ordinance, which went into effect in March 1, 2006, prohibits smoking in public workplaces and places of employment with some exceptions. Workplaces not covered by the law include certain bars and restaurants that do not admit minors, bowling alleys, and membership clubs with liquor licenses.

Studies continue to demonstrate that secondhand smoke is a serious health hazard, causing heart disease, cancer and serious respiratory illnesses. The U.S. Surgeon General’s 2006 report, The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke, has concluded that there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke.

Smoke Free Indy is a coalition of public health organizations, community based organizations, physicians, businesses, schools, the faith community, and Indiana residents dedicated to reducing secondhand smoke, tobacco usage and tobacco initiation through education, prevention and advocacy. For more information visit:


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