Hancock County Bans Smoking In Most Public Places

By Scott Sarvay

Hancock County Bans Smoking In Most Public Places

June 18, 2010 Updated Dec 16, 2008 at 11:27 AM EDT

GREENFIELD, Ind. (AP) - Hancock County Commissioners have
approved a ban on smoking in most public places.

The smoking ban in the county just east of Indianapolis will
take effect by the end of March.

The ordinance was approved on a 2-1 vote. It bans smoking in all
enclosed workplaces, including bars, restaurants and clubs. There
are exemptions for private homes, vehicles and hotel rooms.

Commissioner Jack Heiden, who voted for the ban, says it will
protect children from being exposed to second hand smoke.

Commissioner Brian Kleiman opposed the ban, saying it was too
much government interference.

Smoke Free Indy steering committee member Tim Filler says the
ban is similar to ones passed in Bloomington, Cumberland, Fort
Wayne, Plainfield and Zionsville.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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