South Bend council rejects smoking ban for bars

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A proposed ban on smoking inside South Bend’s bars has been voted down by the city council.

Dozens of supporters and opponents of the ban spoke during Monday night’s meeting before council members voted 5-4 against the proposal.

Councilwoman Valerie Schey had been a sponsor of the ban, but voted against it. She changed her stance after talking with bar owners, saying the ban would have the greatest impact on them.

South Bend bar owners argue they would lose customers because bars outside the city limits or in the neighboring city of Mishawaka could still allow smoking.

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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