South Bend Common Council votes to allow smoking in South Bend bars and clubs

The proposed South Bend law would have banned smoking in bars and private clubs, expanding on state law that already bans smoking in most public places.

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 9:25 a.m.

A proposed smoking ban in South Bend was rejected by South Bend Common Council Monday night.

The ban would have prohibited smoking in bars and private clubs. 

A state smoking ban passed in 2012 already prohibits smoking in public places like restaurants and workplaces, but makes an exception for casinos, private clubs and bars that don’t admit customers younger than 21 years old. People are banned from smoking within eight feet of a building’s exterior entrance.

Elkhart law, passed before the state smoking ban, is stricter on bars. The city prohibits smoking in bars and smoking within 15 feet of a building entrance. Goshen law, like state law, permits smoking in bars.

What do you think? Should smoking be banned in public places? Everywhere, or only in certain establishments?

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