Indianapolis smoking ban upheld by Indiana Supreme Court

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By: Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis’ smoking ban has been upheld by the Indiana Supreme Court.

The Indianapolis Star reports the court ruled Monday that it isn’t a violation of the state’s constitution to ban smoking in restaurants and bars and allow it in satellite gambling facilities. Certain establishments, such as satellite gambling facilities and hookah bars, are exempted under the Indianapolis ordinance.

The Indiana Court of Appeals had found in June that it was unconstitutional to treat bars and restaurants differently from a satellite gambling facility because the “disparate treatment is not reasonably related to the inherent differences” between them. But the state Supreme Court reversed the decision and found that bars and restaurants are inherently different from off-track betting facilities.

The owners of two Indianapolis bars had filed suit in an effort to end the ban.