There is a proposal which will be introduced to the Indianapolis City County Council in early December that would enforce a smoking ban at bars, hotel rooms and bowling alleys.
If the proposal passes, it would go into effect Jan. 22, which is two weeks before the Super Bowl. Across the United States, many businesses have moved toward becoming smoke-free. Fox59 checked along Mass Avenue and spoke to businesses that are okay with a smoking ban.
Waters said he remembered back in 2008 when there was a proposal similar to this one that did not go through. At the time, his business went ahead and put a ban in place because it thought the proposal was going to pass.
"Lots of our customers who've been telling us go non-smoking loved it but, we did lose a bit of our clientele, especially during the dinner time hours," said Waters.
Waters said they removed the ban after four weeks. If this new proposal passes though, he said he'd make it work.
"I have no problem with it. I think, if we do it, across the board as an even playing field that will adjust, customers would adjust."
He said they would make changes and cater to smokers outside.
Customers did adjust a few doors down at Chatham Tap, Bartender John Taggart said. Chatham Tap went entirely smoke-free more than a year ago.
"Early during the day and early evening, until dinner and during meals, it's nice to not have the place smell like an ashtray," said Taggart.
Tagart said he believes the choice should be left up to the business and not to anyone else.
"I don't like smoking. I hate working in smoking bars. I've done it. Your clothes reek. It's terrible to work in a smoking bar, but as principle, I've never understood how the government is going to regulate something that's already completely legal," said Taggart.
Local businesses welcome proposed smoking ban
If the proposal passes, it would go into effect Jan. 22, which is two weeks before the Super Bowl.