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Heuer views smoking ban as a positive step for Hoosier health

By Kathy Heuer

Protecting the health of Hoosiers is a priority of mine and my colleagues in the Indiana General Assembly. This session, we took some very positive steps toward building a healthier Indiana. On July 1, Indiana put several new laws into effect regarding public health.

Indiana is now the 30th state to issue a comprehensive smoke-free statute that prohibits smoking in public places (in enclosed areas of a place of employment or within eight feet of a public entrance to a place of employment). Smoking will still be permitted in certain gaming facilities, cigar and hookah bars, fraternal, social and veterans clubs, tobacco stores, bars and taverns. It is a great feeling knowing that Indiana has taken a positive step for Hoosier health.

Along with passing the statewide smoking ban, the Indiana General Assembly passed a new law that will help increase the rate of HIV testing in Indiana. Early diagnosis and treatment of HIV is key to helping HIV patients live longer lives and to preventing the spread of HIV. Unfortunately, too many patients in Indiana are being diagnosed with HIV after they’ve already become symptomatic.

Click here for more health-related legislation and a complete list of new Indiana laws. As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns or input by calling 317­-232­-9509 or emailing H83@in.gov.

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