Smoke-free businesses help protect employees from secondhand smoke. Often, smoke-free air policies at work encourage employees who smoke to consider quitting.
As of July 1, 2012, the majority of Indiana businesses were required to be smoke-free. Smoking is not allowed in a place of employment, public places, state-owned vehicles and school buses.
Local communities or counties may have stronger laws that include bars, tobacco retail stores, electronic cigarettes, private/fraternal clubs or other locations. Local laws supersede the statewide smoke-free law.
A successful smoke-free business requires planning and education. To help employers be successful and controversy free, Breathe Easy Indiana offers display materials to educate employees and customers about the statewide smoke-free air law and what is expected. These materials, including posters and window clings, are available for FREE (while supplies last). Click here to print and fax in your order or click here to request materials electronically.
If you would rather print your own sample materials from the PDF files below, simply download and print. (The Window Clings will need to be trimmed and have adhesive apply.)
Smoke-free air won’t hurt your bottom line. Learn more from smoke-free hospitality business owners in this video.
I’m Breathing Easier
Tracy Robertson - Owner, Mass Avenue Pub - Indianapolis, IN
The Way of the Future
Jeff Smith - Partner, Harry & Izzy's
We Have Seen a lot of New Faces
“Honestly, I was afraid to go totally smoke-free without the law,
because I thought we would lose business. We have seen a lot of
new faces, and we have kept our regulars. I am really happy the law
leveled the playing field, and eliminated the excuses for not going
smoke-free. It feels really good to breathe clean air while working.”
Tom Sutton - Owner, Coaches Tavern
Dawson’s on Main, Speedway
“Dawson’s on Main opened seven years ago and has always been smoke-free. I never considered allowing smoking, because everyone should be able to enjoy the restaurant. It’s important that people can smell and taste the food—not smoke. I want customers to experience what we are selling, good food and friendly atmosphere. Being smoke-free has allowed me to serve everyone; business has never been healthier.”
Chris Hill - Owner of Dawson’s on Main
Corner Wine Bar, Broad Ripple
“This is our workplace, and we were excited when Corner Wine Bar went smoke-free. We enjoy playing good music, not breathing in smoke. Now, more people can come out and have a good time without having to worry about a smoky room. Our crowds seem a little livelier now, and that makes us jam a little longer. Thank you Corner Wine Bar.”
A Touch of Grass - Corner Wine Bar Band
The Sinking Ship, Indianapolis
“As a smoker, I was not in support of the new smoke-free air law. However, going smoke-free was a benefit. I have many new customers and kept the regulars. Customers are ordering more food, because they can smell what’s coming out of the kitchen. Also, I went from smoking two packs a day to a half pack. The new smoke-free air law helped improve our business and my health.”
Rusty Jordan - Owner of The Sinking Ship
Any business not exempt from the law must post signage, remove indoor ashtrays and other smoking receptacles and direct any person who is smoking to put out the cigarette, cigar or other lighted tobacco item. Any outdoor smoking must be at least eight feet away from a public entrance.
Workplaces exempt from the state law include bars, taverns, membership clubs, tobacco retail shops, cigar bars, hookah bars, casinos and satellite or off-track betting facilities.
Owners, managers or other persons in charge of a place of employment or public place are responsible for making sure all employees and customers comply with the law; failing to comply is a Class B infraction. Three or more infractions are considered a Class A infraction.
The enforcing agents of the statewide smoke-free air law include:
- The Alcohol & Tobacco Commission
- The State Department of Health
- Local health departments
- A Health & Hospital Corporation (Marion County)
- Division of Fire & Building Safety within the
Indiana Department of Homeland Security
- A Law enforcement officer
For more information please check the FAQ page.