Smoke Free Air Policies/Ordinances

The Coalition advocates for Smoke Free Air Policies designed to protect the public health and welfare of the community from health hazards induced by breathing secondhand smoke. With proven links to lung cancer, heart disease, and respiratory infections, secondhand smoke exposure is the third leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., killing 53,000 nonsmokers every year. 

Thus far, the Coalition has been instrumental in getting smoke free air laws passed in Monroe County and the City of Bloomington. The Coalition applauds the smoke free campus policies of all public schools in Monroe County, Indiana University’s smoke free policy, and Bloomington Hospital’s tobacco free campus policy.

The Coalition seeks to use its experiences to help other cities and towns in their effort to become smoke free communities. MTPCC strongly supports the efforts of those in Ellettsville to pass a smoke free ordinance.

Existing Local Ordinances - Submitting a Complaint

Smoke Free Ordinances Benefit Businesses

  • Reduces employee absenteeism;
  • Reduces insurance costs;
  • Reduces cleaning and maintenance costs;
  • Increases revenues;
  • Increases food sales from non-smoking patrons.

·         More information on the many ways smoke free ordinances benefit businesses.

·         Economic Impact Studies

·         Example of an Employee Policy Prohibiting Smoking in the Workplace
(from the City of Bloomington)
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Reporting Compliance Violations

**Please note that compliance violations can be submitted on an anonymous basis! You do not need to divulge any personal information to file a complaint.

For Locations Within City of Bloomington Limits

  • Call 349-3850. State the location of the violation, the nature of the violation and the date of the violation.
  • Email smokefree@bloomington.in.gov. Type "compliance violation" into the subject heading. Report the location of the violation, the nature of the violation and the date of the violation.
  • Mail a letter. Include the location of the violation, the nature of the violation and the date of the violation and mail to:

Smoke Free
P.O. Box 100
Bloomington, Indiana 47402

For Monroe County Locations (Outside of City of Bloomington Limits)

  • Call 349-2543. State the location of the violation, the nature of the violation and the date of the violation.
  • Email mchealth@co.monroe.in.us. Type "compliance violation" into the subject heading. Report the location of the violation, the nature of the violation and the date of the violation.