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Indy committee backs workplace smoking ban

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A council committee in Marion County, Ind., says a proposed ordinance that would significantly limit smoking in public places should be made law.

The Indianapolis Star said Thursday the City-County Council committee for Indianapolis and surrounding Marion County approved the proposed ordinance 4-2 following debate Wednesday.

The ordinance would expand a current smoking ban in public locations such as restaurants by extending it to bars, private clubs and bowling alleys.

The proposal, which drew more than 200 people to the Public Assembly Room at the City-County Building Wednesday, will go before the full council on Oct. 26.

“There’s absolutely no reason a nonsmoker has to subject himself to the effects of tobacco smoke if he doesn’t choose to,” Councilwoman Christine Scales said in support of the proposal Wednesday.

The Star said opponents of the proposed ordinance argue the expanded smoking ban would impact local businesses and infringe on individuals’ personal rights.

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