Thursday, April 19, 2012

Smoke Free Reaction: Smoke Free Indy, Councilors Barth & Hunter


Thursday, April 19, 2012
Contact: Lindsay

Reaction to Mayor Ballard Signing Proposal 136

Smoke Free IndyAttribute to Lindsay Grace, Chair

“Today is an exciting day for Indianapolis and for all of those who have supported Smoke Free Indy over the years.

“The signing of Proposal 136 into law is the culmination of more than a decade of work. As a coalition of health organizations and health supporters, we have worked with dozens of city-council councilors and several mayors to get to this point.

“Seven years ago, the workers and citizens of Marion County scored their first victory when smoking was taken out of our restaurants. Since then, public perception and public expectations about smoke free workplaces has continued to grow. In fact, as of last fall, approximately 70 percent of Marion County voters wanted a more comprehensive smoke free law that would include bars and taverns.

“Today, workers in our bars and taverns, bowling alleys, hotels and motels can celebrate. They no longer have to go to work in smoke-filled environments.

“For that, we specifically thank the current members of the city-county council who put forth a bi-partisan effort to get this done. We also thank Mayor Ballard for putting his signature on this ordinance and affirming his commitment to public health.

“Over the next few weeks, Smoke Free Indy will be working with the Marion County Public Health Department to help educate business owners, workers and patrons about the impact of this law. We are looking forward to a smooth transition to smoke free air.”

Councilor John Barth

“I’m very pleased that Mayor Ballard signed Proposal 136 so quickly after it’s passing by the City/County Council. Indianapolis residents from across the city have told me they want to work and relax in smoke free establishments. Residents along with the public health community and groups like Smoke Free Indy have partnered with elected officials to take action to provide a safer environment to do so. I’m proud of the council for passing an ordinance that will improve the quality of life for our citizens.”

Councilor Benjamin Hunter

“Indianapolis is a world class city. We’ve proved that time and time again on many different stages. Today we’ve done something that demonstrates that we think those who work and live in Indianapolis are world class citizens. Today we’ve put their health and their quality of life as a top priority. There is no doubt in my mind that Indianapolis will be better off due to our efforts. I applaud my fellow councilors and the mayor for doing what is right.”

### Smoke Free Indy is a coalition of state and local public health organizations, community-based organizations, physicians, businesses, schools, the faith community, and Marion County residents dedicated to reducing secondhand smoke, tobacco usage and tobacco initiation through education, prevention and advocacy. For more information visit:

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