Lighting up a cigar in Indiana cigar shops could come to an end this summer if a recently introduced piece of legislature gets approval from state leaders.
H.B. 1313, introduced by state Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, would remove all exemptions to the state’s law on where smoking is permitted, a move that would prohibit cigar shops and lounges from allowing customers to smoke within said establishments.
Also losing exemptions would be bars and taverns, horse racing facilities, riverboats, gambling facilities, hookah lounges, private clubs, and tobacco manufacturing facilities. Brown has been seeking a complete ban on smoking indoors for several years, and has been trying to limit exemptions since 2012.
The bill seeks to remove the exemptions as of July 1. It has been referred to the Indiana House Committee on Public Health.
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