Smoking, synthetic marijuana, concussion laws take effect Sunday

Sunday July 1, 2012 is the day that several new laws are taking effect in Michiana.

Indiana's smoking ban will take effect. Starting Sunday, smokers could be low on places to light-up inside.

The law requires restaurants to either ban smoking or prohibit visitors under age 21 from entering the facility.

South Bend is currently looking into an even tougher ban to end smoking entirely in bars. It will come up again at the July 9 common council meeting.

A Michigan law regarding synthetic marijuana also takes effect today. The substance, also known as Spice or K2, becomes a crime Sunday in.

Local state senator John Proos helped write the bill. The law cracks down on bath salts as well, and allows the Department of Community Health to declare health dangers if more synthetic drugs pop up.

Back in Indiana, a law regarding concussions in student athletes is taking effect Sunday.

Coaches are now required to pull students from the game if they show signs of a concussion.

Those students can’t return to the game without written permission from a licensed medical care provider.

As an additional measure, schools will educate parents, teachers and coaches on the signs and symptoms of concussions and how to treat them.

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