During week nine of the 2012 legislative session, the Senate added numerous amendments to HB 1149, legislation that would establish a statewide smoking ban. Amendments to the bill added to the list of exemptions as to where smokers could light up cigarettes, which weakened the bill considerably. In the bill’s current form, some of the exemptions include: gaming facilities; bars and taverns; cigar and hookah bars; fraternal, social and veterans’ clubs; tobacco stores; bingo parlors; nursing homes and mental health facilities. The Senate approved the bill by a vote of 29-21. The bill’s fate will be decided by a joint House-Senate conference committee. Similar legislation has worked its way through the House for the past five years, but this is the first time the smoking ban has been considered by the full Senate. Indiana is one of 13 states with no comprehensive smoking ban.