Monday, January 30, 2012

Statement on Proposal 18 passing city council

Smoke Free Indy is pleased that Proposal 18 was adopted by the Indianapolis City Council. This moment is long overdue to the workers, citizens and visitors of Indianapolis. We would like to thank the council members, both past and present, who have worked diligently over the years to get us to this point. Proposal 18 isn’t perfect. We will continue to work toward the day when all workers and business customers are protected from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke. However, it goes a long way in strengthening the current ordinance and offering protection to many more workers. We are joyful that the council did not weaken Proposal 18 by allowing an amendment that would allow children to be exposed to secondhand smoke in private clubs. We encourage Mayor Ballard to keep the promise he made in 2007, 2011 and most recently this past November; keep Indy moving forward and sign Proposal 18. History has been made in Indy tonight, while the whole world is watching.

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