The Indiana House has passed a revised version of a bill authored by State
Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, to ban smoking in public places.
H.B. 1131 would prohibit smoking in public areas, enclosed work spaces, and
certain state vehicles. The bill would also require the Alcohol and Tobacco
Commission to enforce this prohibition.
“My goal with this bill is to give Hoosier smokers the encouragement they
need to quit,” Brown said. “Most people will continue to feed their bad
habits unless there is a penalty or incentive.”
The bill would exempt gaming facilities such as casinos, racinos and race
Persons who violate the smoking ban would commit a Class B infraction, under
the bill. If caught and convicted, a violator could incur a fine of up to
$1,000. It would also be a Class A infraction if the violator had three
unrelated prior offenses, with a fine of up to $10,000. “There is countless
evidence that smoking is bad for you. This bill aims to keep Hoosiers safe
from second-hand smoke and to try to get smoking Hoosiers to quit,” Brown
The House passed the bill with a 73-26 vote. The bill now moves to the State