SB Common Council member makes push for regional smoking ban

A South Bend Common Council Member is making a push to go smoke free, not only in South Bend but in Mishawaka and the county.

Tuesday night Gavin Ferlic gave a presentation to a committee from the Mishawaka Common Council.

Ferlic is the main sponsor behind the smoking ban in South Bend.

Ferlic says, “I would love it if the city of Mishawaka would consider a similar ordinance. I believe strongly in regionalism. What's good for South Bend is good for Mishawaka and what's good for Mishawaka is good for South Bend.”

He cited studies that show more than 70 percent of people living in the city prefer a smoke free environment and believes it would benefit the economy.

However about a dozen small Mishawaka bar owners spoke out, worried about their businesses.

The public health and safety committee from Mishawaka only agreed to listen to his presentation.

Mishawaka Common Council Michael Compton says, “If it passed in South Bend would Mishawaka consider it? It’s hard to say really. It is hard to say. There may be some council people that would… but I don't know.”

South Bend won't vote on the ordinance until July 14th.

Before then Ferlic will meet with the St. Joseph County Council in hopes of swaying them also.

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