Health officials prepare for smoke-free Starke County

Rachelle Back, Indiana State Department of Health-Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission, and Frank Lynch, Starke County Health Department, appeared before Starke County Commissioners during their Monday night meeting to present information on implementation and enforcement of the Indiana Smoke Free Law that goes into effect July 1.
With the new law, no smoking is allowed within eight feet of any public building or place of employment. According to the law, smoking is defined as the “carrying or holding of a lighted cigarette, cigar or pipe or any other lighted tobacco smoking equipment or inhalation or exhalation of smoke from lighted tobacco smoking equipment.”
The law further requires that all ashtrays or other smoking equipment be removed from the no smoking area, and signs must be posted at all public entrances to buildings. Any existing exemptions to the law must be filed with the State before July 1.
Complaints will be reported