The St. Joseph County Council voted this evening to enact a smoking ban, according to the 11:00 news on WNDU. (I can’t find an article online yet about the vote.) The ban had previously been passed by the council and then vetoed by the county commissioners, but the council apparently overrode the veto. According to this earlier report:
As passed by the council, the ordinance would ban smoking in restaurants, stores, shopping malls, stadiums, sports arenas, parks and most other public places, as well as in most places of employment, including businesses that provide employees with smoking in breakrooms.
Bars, bingo parlors, private clubs and outdoor areas of golf courses would be exempt from the ban, which would be enforced by the county health department.
Hmm… what about bowling alleys?
I don’t know when the law will take effect, but this article implies it won’t be for several months.
UPDATE: Here’s the article from the South Bend Tribune. The ban goes into effect on April 10.