A federal court has upheld Indianapolis’ smoking ban.
Bar owners challenged the measure, which went into effect last year and expanded the existing smoking ban to include bars, restaurants, bowling alleys and hotel rooms.
The bar owners said they’ve seen a 60-percent drop in business since that ban went into place and filed for an injunction. They also said they’ve had to cut back hours and lay off employees as a result of the ban, moves they worried would eventually force them to close their businesses. They also criticized secondhand smoke studies cited to justify the ban, calling them “junk science.”
In the ruling, the court concluded that the plaintiffs “have not established actual success on the merits of their claims.” The opinion concluded that the smoking ordinance “advances the public interest and the legislative choice to include bars and taverns is constitutionally sound.”