Lebanon Reporter

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June 20, 2012

Get ready for smoking ban

Lebanon — Enforcement of Indiana’s smoking ban in Boone County won’t be done with aggression, but it will be enforced, Indiana State Excise Police Sgt. John Copeland said at a sparsely attended town hall meeting Tuesday.

Generally, the law does not allow smoking in or within eight feet of the entrance to a public building. But there are exemptions, qualifications and nuances that the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission is trying to define before the law takes effect July 1.

“We’re in the early stages of this,” Copeland said. The law continues to evolve as questions are posed to the ATC, which will enforce the law through the excise police, the ATC’s enforcement agency, Copeland said. Other agencies, such as a county health department, can also cite violators.

A week ago, hotels and motels were not thought to be covered by the smoking ban; now, they are, Copeland said. “Nursing homes had asked to be exempt; they are not,” he said. But, “excise police were not aware of that until it was passed into law.”

For more of the story, see Tuesday’s Lebanon Reporter or subscribe to the eEdition.

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