INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — As South Bend wrestles with a proposed smoking ban, the Indiana State Department of Health is offering tool kits to businesses to help them adapt to the new Indiana Smoke Free Air Law that takes effect Sunday.
The law will prohibit smoking in all businesses except for private clubs, bars, casinos and retail tobacco shops.
State Health Commissioner Gregory Larkin says switching to a smoke-free business requires planning and education and the toolkits can help businesses get ready.
Items in the tool kits include an employee training guide, a checklist, a quick reference brochure, window clings, and coasters, posters and table tents
Businesses covered by the policy must post signs stating "smoking is prohibited within eight feet of this entrance" or use similar language. Signs must be visible at each public entrance.
To order a free tool kit visit http://www.breatheindiana.com.
In South Bend, a vote on whether or not to ban smoking in the city's bars was delayed this week. Council member Valerie Schey, the measure's lead sponsor, says she and other sponsors asked for a vote to be delayed until July 9.
Schey, D-3rd, said council members wanted more time to review the public's questions about the proposed ban.