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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "South Bend council rejects ban on smoking"

Erin Blasko reports today in the South Bend Tribune:

SOUTH BEND — Supporters of a comprehensive smoke-free air ordinance vowed to keep fighting Monday after the Common Council rejected a bill expanding the statewide smoking ban here to include bars and taverns.

The vote was 5-4, with council members Tim Scott, Gavin Ferlic, Fred Ferlic and Karen White favoring the ban. * * *

“To only single out smoking as a killer does not paint the right picture,” Oliver Davis said. “Drinking is a killer but we don’t stop drinking here.”

“I don’t think it’s our business to regulate all the alcohol and all the drugs in this area,” he added. “(Tobacco) is a legal substance in the U.S.”

Said Dieter, “For people that want to (smoke), that’s your choice. And it’s the choice of the business owners and the business people to do what they want to do in their own establishments.”

Dieter noted he grew up around people who smoked and worked in a smoking environment for many years as a South Bend police officer. And yet he never experienced any ill health effects as a result. “I think I’m very healthy and it hasn’t affected me personally,” he said, adding that his father and grandmother did die of smoking-related diseases.

The owner of the Rum Village Inn characterized the proposed ban as un-American.
“This is not Russia, this is not China, where they can tell you what to do, I have a right,” he said. “Let the people have the choice, it’s totally up to them. And I would appreciate it if you’d stay out of my business.”

Supporters of the bill, meanwhile, framed it as a measure to protect employee health, noting exposure to second-hand smoke has been linked to a number of deadly diseases and illnesses, including heart disease, lung cancer and asthma.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on July 15, 2014 09:42 AM
Posted to Indiana Government