South Bend council rejects smoking ban for bars

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A proposed ban on smoking inside South Bend’s bars has been voted down by the city council.

Dozens of supporters and opponents of the ban spoke during Monday night’s meeting before council members voted 5-4 against the proposal.

Councilwoman Valerie Schey had been a sponsor of the ban, but voted against it. She changed her stance after talking with bar owners, saying the ban would have the greatest impact on them.

South Bend bar owners argue they would lose customers because bars outside the city limits or in the neighboring city of Mishawaka could still allow smoking.

Indianapolis and Fort Wayne are among many cities around Indiana that go further than state law to prohibit smoking inside bars.

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