Indianapolis is the latest Hoosier community to go smoke free as the mayor signed a smoking ban into law which will bar smoking from bars and taverns.
The law, which is more strict than the recently passed statewide smoking ban, will exempt retail tobacco stores, private clubs, and cigar and hookah bars in which patrons will only be able to smoke cigars or hookahs.
Mayor Greg Ballard made the big announcement Thursday evening via twitter, tweeting "I just signed into law the smoking ban ordinance."
The tweet spurred strong emotions on both sides of the long fought battle.
"I'm a business owner. Shouldn't I get to decide whether or not my establishment is smoking or not?" said Brad VanHowe, co-owner of Traders Mill Grill and Bar in Traders Point.
Like many bar owners in Indianapolis, VanHowe was in favor of a state-wide ban. However he said a city ban that differs from the state puts him in an unfair disadvantage.
"We're in a position where we have bordering counties to Marion County that can still allow smoking in their establishments," said VanHowe. "It makes it difficult for us to still expect the smoking crowd to come in."
Others are extremely happy.
"This was the best news that we've been waiting for a long time," said Lindsay Grace, chairwoman of Smoke Free Indy. The group has been fighting for a stronger ban not only because of health concerns, but to make the City more viable.
"We just had the Super Bowl here. We have the 500 coming up. We have all these visitors that hail from smoke free communities and that come here and are like 'Wow you can still smoke?' So I'm glad we're finally doing something about this. We are truly going to be a world class city now."
VanHowe said he is going to change out the carpets and clean up for the smoke-free crowd. He is expecting more customers who don't smoke now that the ban has passed, but he said he will also lose some.
Even thought he's upset, he knew this day would come.
"Here it is so we're ready to comply and do what we need to do," said VanHowe.
The ban goes into effect June 1st at 6 a.m.