Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has made it easier for new cigar bars to open and cigar smokers to light up in those establishments.

To do so, the state’s Clean Indoor Air Act needed to be amended to allow for the establishment of new cigar bars following a 2012 expansion of the act to cover most public places and workplaces. The bill that was passed and signed into law removes the moratorium on the establishment of new cigar bars, as well as allowing retail tobacco shops to serve food and beverages, as long as a food handler’s permit is not required to do so.

In order to be in compliance with the law, cigar bars must not allow anyone under the age of 21 inside, they must hold a permit to serve beer, wine and/or liquor, they must generate at least 10% of sales from tobacco or the rental of on-site humidors, and they must only allow the smoking of cigars–not cigarettes, electronic cigarettes or hookah–while posting signage that indicates as such.

The bill that Gov. Pence signed was spearheaded by Rep. Ed Clere, who wanted to help a constituent of his open a new cigar bar but didn’t have a way to do so given the state’s current law.

The changes go into effect on July 1.

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Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and previously the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for Major League Baseball, plus I'm a voice over artist. Prior to joining halfwheel, I covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.