South Bend council tables proposed smoking ban

(AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach, File)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Opponents of a proposal to ban smoking inside bars in South Bend argued it was unfair to those businesses, leading City Council members to table the issue for 60 days.

About 200 people packed the council chambers Monday night for more than two hours of debate over the proposed ban.

Tavern owner Gary Weese says the city ban would cost him business because customers could easily go to bars outside the city limits or in the neighboring city of Mishawaka where smoking would still be allowed.

Councilman Gavin Ferlic argued the smoking ban is aimed at making South Bend a healthier place to work.

Indianapolis and Fort Wayne are among many cities around Indiana that go further than state law to prohibit smoking inside bars. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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