Update: Indiana Smoking Ban Dead, Says Senator

by Gabe Bullard on February 3, 2010

An Indiana Senate leader says a proposed statewide smoking ban won’t be considered in his chamber and is likely dead this session.

The Indiana House passed the measure Tuesday, but Senate President Pro Tem David Long says it won’t be considered on his side of the Capitol this session amid worries that it could hurt some businesses.

Jessica Kelly of the Indiana Chapter of the American Lung Association said the House-passed measure was watered down.

“They added some things like exemptions for bars and taverns, some retail tobacco stores, private clubs and a few other places, and also included some pre-emption for casinos and gaming sites so that local communities and cities could not s that were stronger than what was passed at the state level,” she says.

Kelly says the Lung Association will continue to push for a comprehensive ban.

Senator Long didn’t rule out a statewide ban being considered in a future session.

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Michael J. McFadden February 3, 2010 at 11:25 pm

I’m surprised the antismoking lobby didn’t push harder for the ban with the exemptions in it. That’s their usual tactic when they can’t get a total ban: push through a partial one, then run to all the businesses that are suffering under it and convince them that their suffering will be less if they can get a total ban. Once they’ve done that then they have a whole new set of dupes to help them push for the total ban.

Good for Indiana! Glad you stood up to them: watch your economy for the coming year and compare it to any banned states nearby and you’ll see the difference. The economic multiplier effects of failed businesses and lost jobs under smoking bans are MUCH stronger than most people realize. Read the research I did a few years ago with Missourian Dave Kuneman at:

http://kuneman.smokersclub.com/economic.html

as well as some of the other studies noted at the bottom of that page and see what you’ve been saved from!

Michael J. McFadden
Author of “Dissecting Antismokers’ Brains”

Bob February 4, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Here’s the source of the bans, Johnson and Johnson, makers of Chantix, Nicoderm, and other quit smoking drugs. As can be seen, the ACS and the ALA get millions from them to support smoking bans. It’s simply marketing strategy.

http://www.rwjf.org/publichealth/product.jsp?id=14912

And where the money is going: Note on page seven, the “inside out” provision promising to return later for the patios AFTER business owners spend thousands to build them for their many smoking customers, clearly showing that they have absolutly no concern about local businesses

http://www.no-smoke.org/pdf/CIA_Fundamentals.pdf

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