Volunteers prepare for Vanderburgh smoking ban

By Alex Shabad - bio | email
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VANDERBURGH COUNTY, IN (WFIE)- A controversial smoking ban in Vanderburgh County is set to go into effect next month.

Volunteers from Smoke Free Communities are getting feedback on the issue from businesses throughout Vanderburgh County.

It starts with a phone call, followed by a list of questions about the countywide smoking ban.

Director of Smoke Free Communities Johnny Kincaid says the goal of the survey is to get feedback from businesses throughout the county.

"There is power in numbers and the more people and businesses that are making contact with the county commissioners and letting them know a total comprehensive smoking ban that protects the health of all workers is a good thing," Kincaid said.

Right now, bars, taverns, and private clubs are excluded from the ban.

But on January 2, 2009 that will change.

Harold Wallace's business, Old Chicago, sits in the county. The pizzeria and bar is just across the street from city limits, where smoking in bars will not be effected by the ban.

Wallace said he is worried, "What they're going to do is go to someone across the street from me where they can have a beer and a smoke at the same time."

Right now, organizers of the survey are just focusing on the countywide smoking ban.

They hope if that's a success the city will follow.