Indy smoking law opens doors to conventions

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

INDIANAPOLIS A broad smoking ban that took effect in Indianapolis last year is opening the door to a cluster of conventions and corporate meetings that once passed the city by.

Tourism leaders say the law could bring millions of dollars to the state's capital in coming years.

Visit Indy CEO Leonard Hoops tells the Indianapolis Business Journal that Indianapolis' smoking ban has opened the door to it possibly landing conventions by groups such as the American Lung Association that once passed over the city because it lacked a broad smoking ban.

Hoops says "it's kind of unbelievable" what one law can do.

The citywide restrictions that took effect last year expanded Indianapolis' ban on indoor public smoking to include bowling alleys, hotel rooms, taxi cabs and most bars.

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