SMOKE-FREE AIR LAW
On Monday, March 19, Governor Daniels signed into law House Enrolled Act No. 1149, which outlines the state-wide smoking restrictions. The Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission (TPC) at the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), in collaboration with the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission (ATC), has created a task force comprised of state and local partners and not-for-profit partners to examine the implementation and what tools will be needed to create a comprehensive and successful implementation plan.
The implementation plan has several tools and resources available for local health departments and your local partners. The ISDH has created a website www.smokefreeindiana.isdh.in.gov that is designed to provide information to local partners regarding the implementation of the new law. The webpage includes information about the new law, enforcement, how the state law works with established local ordinances, FAQs and information about the Indiana Tobacco Quitline. A more consumer-friendly implementation website is available at www.breatheindiana.com. The ATC website (http://www.in.gov/atc/) also includes FAQs and offers sample statutory compliant smoking signs that can be posted at businesses.
The business education kit materials and postcards will soon be available for disbursement. A postcard will be sent out to Indiana businesses that will be affected by the new law. The postcard prompts business owners to visit www.breatheindiana.com to order a business education kit. Additionally, there is also a return postcard attached that can be torn off and sent to TPC if the business owner prefers ordering their materials via mail. The business education kit includes website information, window clings, posters, coasters, palm cards, table tents, a brochure on the new law and a checklist for businesses to help them prepare for the new law.
http://www.lung.org/our-initiatives/tobacco/reports-resources/sotc/state-grades/ (2017 report)