Since Indiana’s new smoking law went into effect July 1, some members have asked the ISMA to clarify provisions of the law and explain how it affects medical offices and employees.
Here are answers to some of those questions that may help you comply.
Q: Do I need to do anything to comply with the law if my office was already smoke free?
A: Yes. New signage is required at all public entrances. Signs must read, “State law prohibits smoking within 8 feet of this entrance” or similar language. Also, you must inform current and prospective employees that the workplace is smoke free.
You may download FREE signs at in.gov or order them FREE from Breathe Easy Indiana.
Q: I have a separate employee entrance to my office. Does the law apply to employees who smoke at this entrance?
A: The law states that smoking is prohibited within 8 feet of a public entrance to a public place or a place of employment.
Q: What if a patient wishes to smoke?
A: Smoking is prohibited within the office and within 8 feet of the public entrance. Local ordinances may be even more restrictive.
Q: What is the penalty for violating any provision of the new smoking law?
A: Any violation of the law could result in a Class B infraction, which carries up to a $1,000 fine. However, if there is a history of three prior violations, it can be a Class A infraction with a fine of up to $10,000.
If you have additional questions about complying with the new smoking ban law, contact the ISMA’s Ambre Marr at (317) 261-2060 or (800) 257-4762.