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Bars, restaurants in Indiana going smoke-free ahead of Super Bowl weekend

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POSTED: Monday, January 16, 2012 - 3:24pm

UPDATED: Monday, February 13, 2012 - 9:17pm

The menu hasn't changed nor has what's on tap but the Slippery Noodle in Indianapolis, Indiana does have a different air about it.

The state's oldest bar has gone smoke-free.

Smokers can smoke in the tent or on the patio, but not anywhere inside, not even in the back room.

Call it a sign of the times and a sign of the Super Bowl.

Once the Slippery Noodle snuffed out smoking several other well-known bars were quick to follow.

The decision by the bars comes as the city debates a tougher smoking ban and legislators, a statewide ban.

The patrons of the bar might be thinking differently.

"I see people not wanting to breathe the smoke, but I also see those who want to smoke and should be able to in a warm dry place," said Brian Gulh of Indianapolis.

Bar managers predict they'll gain more customers than they lose.

They also think other bars will follow their lead.

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