(Indianapolis, Ind.) - Indiana’s Governor thinks a statewide smoking ban could pass in 2012.
State Rep. Charlie Brown (D-Gary) will be proposing the ban when the next legislative session starts in January 2012.
Governor Mitch Daniels says support has grown for the ban every year it's been discussed.
While the governor has not pushed the ban as part of his agenda, he has said if the General Assembly passes it, he will sign it.
Brown has proposed the anti-smoking legislation each of the past several years. It failed to pass the legislature in 2011 after it was bogged down with exemptions for casinos, bars, and other establishments.
The Indiana Department of Health issued a report earlier this month showing that 21 percent of Hoosier adults smoked in 2010, behind the national rate of 17.3 percent measured by the Centers for Disease Patrol and Prevention.