Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Franklin Goes Smoke Free!

Members of the City Council in Franklin, Indiana voted 6 to 1 tonight to expand Franklin’s smoke free workplace law to cover all workplaces, including bars and membership clubs. Franklin previously had an ordinance that protected some workers in their workplace, but did not protect others, depending on the type of workplace.

Now every worker in Franklin—even those who work in bars and clubs—will enjoy the same protection from the serious negative health consequences attributable to secondhand smoke.

By enacting the ordinance adopted tonight, Franklin joins the growing number of municipalities in Indiana and nationwide to adopt comprehensive smoke free workplace ordinances that protect workers, including those who work in bars, clubs and restaurants, among other workplaces. The new expanded ordinance is scheduled to take effect in 30 days.

It is now time for Indianapolis to join Franklin, Plainfield, Zionsville, Ft. Wayne, Bloomington and West Lafayette by also going completely smoke free. Contact your City-County Councillor to tell them that all workers should be protected from secondhand smoke and that now is the time to join these other Indiana cities and towns.

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