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July 20, 2012

Locals report little impact from smoking ban

LOGANSPORT — Though the statewide smoking ban has been in effect for almost a month, the Logansport area is seeing little change.

The Indiana Smoke Free Air Law, which went into effect July 1, prohibits smoking inside all businesses, excluding private clubs, bars, casinos and retail tobacco shops. While some business in Logansport have seen a rise in business due to the law, neither the police department nor the Cass County prosecutor’s office have records of any citations.

An individual who smokes in an establishment not exempt from the law may be ticketed with a class B infraction. The offense is bumped up to a class A infraction if that individual has three prior violations of the smoking law.

At the moment, Logansport Assistant Police Chief Carl Swan said, his department is not actively looking for violators of the law, but will respond if a business or individual calls and complains.

“It’s pretty much reactive, not proactive right now,” Swan said.

Swan said he did not believe the department had received any calls thus far. But he said the officers had been educated to respond to calls or complaints in the appropriate manner.

According to the smoking statute, the state department of health, a local health department, a health and hospital corporation and the division of fire and building safety established within the Department of Homeland Security, may also enforce the law.

However, Cass County Deputy Prosecutor Andrew Achey said his office had received no citations. Workers in the Cass County clerk’s office also said they had yet to receive any tickets.

On the business end, Ron Bullard, owner of Bullshippers Cafe at 830 E. Main St., said he had been pleased with the effect on business at his restaurant.

“It hasn’t hurt us at all,” Bullard said. “In fact, it helped us.”

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