Ohio's enclosed public places and workplaces, including restaurants, bars, and casinos are 100% smokefree as of December 2006. Learn more about the SmokeFree Ohio law.
In November 2006, Ohio voters approved the strong smokefree law, with 58.3%
voter support for SmokeFree Ohios Issue 5. During the campaign, R.J. Reynolds
and other tobacco industry allies attempted to override the health community-backed
initiative by placing a competing measure on the ballot, which offered no real
smokefree protections. Voters rejected Issue 4, the tobacco-backed amendment,
by 64%, thus leaving the door wide open for smokefree air.
On May 23, 2012 the Ohio Supreme Court unanimously
upheld the smokefree air law, ruling against a legal challenge regarding
the law's enforcement and penalties. The law has remained in effect during the
Smokefree Law Information:
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Ohio law does not preempt the passage of local smokefree laws. Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in Ohio.
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Smokefree & Related News
calls for no tobacco on campus
passes bill prohibiting minors from buying E-Cigarettes
College considers move to tobacco-free campus
sold to kids
legislation snuffed out by SG
pressure enough of a smoking ban enforcement for some Ohio ...
ban favored by 60%
library board bans e-cigarettes
group protests proposed smoking ban
lawmaker wants to ban smoking in cars when children are ...
targets smoking in vehicle with young kids
to survey students about campus smoking ban
cigarettes won't be prohibited
State committee recommends campus-wide tobacco bans (with ...
debate heats up in Ohio
e-cigarette bill moves forward
Ban Recommended for Kent State Campuses
State University Police will not enforce smoking ban
Strongsville Property Including Parks to be Tobacco-Free ...
so used to government nonsense, we don't notice it
Allen County wants more smoke-free city spaces
smoking ban pointless
ban will infringe on students' rights
campus smoking bans: Editorial cartoon
State University campus-wide tobacco ban is now in ...
passes smoking ban
policy pushes UD towards smoke-free campus
poised to ban tobacco throughout campus
State Set To Go Tobacco-Free January 1st
school board begins early discussion on smoke-free zone
attitude the best policy regarding e-cigarettes
State delays enforced ban on tobacco until 2014
smoking is banned, but how about an e-puff?
policy pushes UD toward smoke-free campus
the effort to go smoke free
adopt tobacco-free policy for county owned properties
bill called a 'Trojan horse'
tobacco-free rule takes effect July 17
smoking ban expanded into vehicles
University Raises Tuition, Goes Tobacco-Free
approves smoking ban on campus
bans smoking in cars on campus; raises tuition
designates CNE smoke-free
on Electronic Cigarette Still Continues in Ohio Reports ...
Casino E-cigarettes Debate Rages On
Downs OK with use of e-cigarettes
casinos divided on use of electronic cigarettes
ban, crime drop and online building permits: Strongsville ...
push could be beginning of restriction flood
May Implement Smoking Ban
State aims to become tobacco-free in 2013
Klein, E.G.; Liu, S.T.; Conrey, E.J., "Comprehensive smoke-free policies: a tool for improving preconception health?," Maternal and Child Health Journal [Epub ahead of print], March 7, 2013.
Lower income women are at higher risk for preconception and prenatal
smoking, are less likely to spontaneously quit smoking during pregnancy,
and have higher prenatal relapse rates than women in higher income groups.
Policies prohibiting tobacco smoking in public places are intended to
reduce exposure to secondhand smoke; additionally, since these policies
promote a smoke-free norm, there have been associations between smoke-free
policies and reduced smoking prevalence. Given the public health burden
of smoking, particularly among women who become pregnant, our objective
was to assess the impact of smoke-free policies on the odds of preconception
smoking among low-income women. We estimated the odds of preconception
smoking among low-income women in Ohio between 2002 and 2009 using data
from repeated cross-sectional samples of women participating in the
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children
(WIC). A logistic spline regression was applied fitting a knot at the
point of enforcement of the Ohio Smoke-free Workplace Act to evaluate
whether this policy was associated with changes in the odds of smoking.
After adjusting for individual- and environmental-level factors, the
Ohio Smoke-free Workplace Act was associated with a small, but statistically
significant reduction in the odds of preconception smoking in WIC participants.
Comprehensive smoke-free policies prohibiting smoking in public places
and workplaces may also be associated with reductions in smoking among
low-income women. This type of policy or environmental change strategy
may promote a tobacco-free norm and improve preconception health among
a population at risk for smoking.
Casino Cincinnati draws 10K for grand opening
While the opening, which started with fireworks and long lines to get
in, went relatively smoothly, officials said they will be making minor
adjustments in the future. They will tweak table game minimum bets,
adjust hours of operation for restaurants and explore more smoking areas.
... More smoking areas in future: There are currently four designated
smoking areas in the non-smoking facility, but Kline said the casino
is considering designating more areas to fit demand. "I think that
our opportunity to add some additional smoking from a convenience standpoint
is something were taking a look at," Kline said. "We
had a chance to see our existing capacity and how that met the needs
of smokers and well go through those refinements."
State University is not blowing smoke as it evicts Cousin's Cigar Store
Forum Draws Few at Kent State
State Smoking Ban Topic of Public Meetings
Hall Meetings Set to Discuss Tobacco-Free University
County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center to become ...
apartment landlords look to go smoke-free
Resumes Contentious Smoking Ban Debate
Ban Complaints Decline
aims to ban tobacco on campus
Bruckman, D.; Allan, T.; Stefanak, M.; Chandran, P.A.; Drabousky, A.S.;
Borawski, E.A.; Frank, S., "Enforcement
of Ohio's Smoke Free Workplace Law through the lens of public health
These findings demonstrate the importance of increasing state health
department financial support of local enforcement activities and improving
collection of fines for noncompliance. Otherwise, many PH agencies,
especially rural ones, will opt out, thereby increasing the state's
burden to enforce SFWPL and challenging widespread public support for
ban fines remain unpaid
eyes tobacco-free zones in parks
considers tobacco-free zones in parks
Park City Council discusses smoking ban for city parks
Report: Ohio Ranks Last in Protecting Kids from Tobacco
officials approve smoking ban
State campus to go tobacco-free within a year
State Reviewing Tobacco-Free Campus Issue
considers going tobacco free
Officials Approve Park Smoking Ban
you like the campus to be smoke free?
ban on smoking in Powell parks enacted
smoke remains a big hazard on OU campus
Loneliest Neighborhood' Opens Casino
...It's so far the largest, but the Horseshoe Casino Cleveland could
be expanded in the ... Unlike Las Vegas casinos, the Hollywood Columbus
State considers 100% tobacco ban
to screen new hires for tobacco use
Ohio Medical University bans tobacco
council OKs ordinance on sale of smoking implements
an Issue for Smoking Policy
| Students who smoke should abide by Miami University ...
Even with the obvious health risks and a campus-wide ban, many students in the ... the act of smoking on campus is not only banned but also disrespectful to the ...
flout smoke-free campus policy
Despite the development of educational anti-smoking programs like D.A.R.E, and a general advancement of medical knowledge regarding the dangers of the ...
considering making campus smoke-free
Sinclair Community College will survey its staff and students on banning tobacco ... making the college the first in the area to discuss the possibility of a ban.
State University plans to ban all tobacco use on campus
Board of Education wants school districts to go tobacco-free ...
implements 'tobacco free workplace' policy
County smoking ban sparks interest
Officials hope limits on tobacco will light a fire in other communities
ban, Cincinnati casino trying to assuage smokers
Smoking is banned in Ohio, but smokers will be welcome at Horseshoe
Casino Cincinnati, the $400 million casino now under construction near
downtown. The casino is building two outdoor terraces that will be accessible
from the gaming floor, specifically to accommodate smokers, said Jennifer
Kulczycki, communications director for Horseshoe parent Rock Gaming
top court rejects smoking-ban argument
The Ohio Supreme Court won't reconsider its ruling declaring the state's smoking ban constitutional.
Supreme Court stands by defense of smoking ban
The Ohio Supreme Court won't reconsider its ruling declaring Ohio's
smoking ban constitutional.
air on campus
Bowling Green State University and Ohio State University generally
follow the state smoking-ban guidelines, and BGSU prohibits smoking
asked to ban tobacco on campus
The Ohio Board of Regents voted unanimously Monday to encourage all
public campuses to prohibit tobacco products on their properties. Now
it is up to the schools to decide to implement the proposed ban. ...
that have smoke-free policies, according to the American Nonsmokers'
Rights Foundation. Regionally, Miami University has banned smoking since
More than 700 public and private campuses nationwide have tobacco
bans, according to Americans for Nonsmokers Rights. But only three
states Arkansas, Iowa and Oklahoma have banned smoking on
Controversy: Should Smoking Be Illegal on College ...
A possible new smoking ban at public universities in Ohio is causing
colleges and ... Tell me: Do you think that smoking should be banned
on campus? ...
The Ohio Board of Regents voted unanimously Monday to recommend all
public universities ban all tobacco use on campus, advice Portage Countys
universities can either follow or ignore.
Currently at Kent State,
smoking is banned in all school buildings and vehicles, ... a discussion
about banning tobacco products on campus before the Board of ...
While the Ohio Board of Regents recommends smoke-free campuses in Ohio,
the final decision will be made by the trustees at each of the states
14 universities and 23 community colleges. Smoking is banned in all
college buildings now, with most places offering outdoor smoking areas
and ash receptacles for students and visitors. Administrators ...
higher ed panel: Ban all tobacco on campuses
Board of Regents considers policy against all tobacco on campuses
ban coming to BGSU?
The group Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights says campus tobacco
bans have risen from virtually zero a decade ago to 711 today. That
includes both four-year ...
college may ban all smoking on campus
Ohio higher education leaders plan a vote Monday urging the State's
public campuses to ban tobacco use.
Bans on the use, advertising
and sales of tobacco in all its forms are being enacted or considered
at perhaps half of campuses nationwide, sometimes over the ...
properties (mostly) smoke-free
Smoking will be restricted outside all 19 Licking County government
properties, but just how restrictive has not been determined
Heights City Council bans texting while driving, smoking in ...
Bills banning texting while driving, as well as smoking in certain
areas of parks, have passed in Parma Heights.
Woman Receives American Lung Association's National Staff Excellence
Shelly Kiser has been named the recipient of the American Lung Association's
2012 Staff Excellence Award.
"Shelly is a passionate advocate
for clean air and smoke-free laws with a proven track record in influencing
public health policy. Moreover, her enthusiasm for ...
Officials in Powell and Liberty Township this month are considering
a ban on ... Genoa Township, on the county's southeast side, also has
banned smoking in ...
Square to be smoke-free: city to put up signs before Choir Games
Fountain Square smokers will soon be told to butt out. 3CDC, which
operates the square, and Cincinnati City Manager Milton Dohoney are
working out the details of a ban on smoking in downtown Cincinnatis
iconic park, citing the health risks of cigarette smoke. Theyre
aiming to put it in place before the start of the World Choir Games
Board of Regents will consider smoke-free campuses next week
A state ban already prohibits smoking indoors at Ohio's universities
and colleges.But at its meeting...
Miami University and UT's Health Science Campus deserve top marks for their efforts to discourage this deadly, costly habit. Ohio's other public colleges and universities should do likewise.
smoking ban for public institutions to be proposed to Board of Regents
The Ohio Board of Regents will vote on a resolution this month that
would urge a ban on tobacco use at the state's 23 community colleges
and 14 universities.
Rules Restaurant Law Unfair to Ohio Cities
A state judge in Ohio has ruled that a state law placing sweeping limitations on local government's ability to control restaurants in the interests of public health violates the state constitution.
of Regents may stub out smoking on campuses
The Ohio Board of Regents has proposed a ban on smoking anywhere on
public ... morning that it would be a good thing if OU banned all smoking
on campus. ... Current OU policy, in accordance with Ohio Revised Code,
bans all smoking in ...
colleges share thoughts on possibility of smoke-free campuses
After the Ohio Board of Regents passed a resolution recommending the action in May, colleges across the state will examine the possibility of putting stricter bans in place that go beyond what state law mandates.
Upholds Ohio Smoke Free Workplace Law
"The goal of this legislation is to protect the health of the
workers and other citizens of Ohio," the court concluded. "It
does so by regulating proprietors of public places and places of employment
in a minimally invasive way. We therefore hold that the
easy in Ohio's casinos
I am even more grateful that Ohio's casinos are smoke-free. There is
no risk-free level of contact with secondhand smoke, and even bri
from Creston, Ohio at OurTowncom
Bronson Frick, associate director of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights,
and Dr. Michael Roizen, chief wellness officer of the Cleveland Clinic,
however, pointed ...
higher ed leaders urge campus bans on tobacco
A measure urging a ban on tobacco on Ohio's public college campuses
will be presented to the state's higher education board, the board chairman
The number of smoke-free college campuses across the nation
has grown from a handful to around 700 since Americans for Nonsmokers'
Rights in Berkeley, ...
Ohio Board of Regents Chairman James Tuschman said he will introduce
a resolution at this month's meeting asking boards of trustees at two-
and four-year ... Bronson Frick, associate director of Americans for
Nonsmokers' Rights in Berkeley, Calif., said that the number of smoke-free
college campuses across the nation has grown from a handful to around
700 since his organization began tracking information about a decade
State law restricts smoking in and near many college buildings, but people can ... have to decide whether to create a stricter ban for their respective campuses.
views: Finish the work along Monument Park track
And there is not one no-smoking or no-idling, kids-at-play sign, so
while your child is enjoying a nice, sunny day, he also may be exposed
to secondhand smoke ...
Casino's impact on Detroit, Windsor casinos
The opening of Hollywood Casino in Toledo is expected to cut into the
profits of Detroit's three ... Unlike Detroit casinos, Windsor's casino
The 24-hour, smoke-free Scioto Downs Casino, bathed inside in brown,
tan and gold ... Those table games are reserved for the four casinos
opening in Ohio.
visit Hollywood Casino on Opening Night
He says he prefers Toledo's Hollywood Casino to Detroit's casinos.
"Oh, it's like heaven being in here. No smoking. That's the big
thing, no smoking," says ...
Ohio casino makes debut, takes aim at Detroit
All four casinos will draw away Ohio gamblers who've been spending
an ... Among those who were first inside the casino on Tuesday, the
lack of smoke seemed ...
Tuesday, the newly minted casino welcomed guests with 1930s Art Deco
... the lack of a hotel, media interviewers also asked about Ohio's
smoking ban. ... According to Aguilar, she and Soto, who are retired,
frequent the Detroit-area casinos.
Ohio Casino Opens Tuesday
Visitors have to be 21 years old to enter the casino floor, and Ohio's indoor smoking ban in public places prohibits smoking while playing. Casino officials think ...
smoking fines put bar licenses in jeopardy
A bar's first violation of the smoking ban is a warning from the Ohio Department of Health and a $100 fine; the second is a $500 fine; the third is a $1000 fine; and ...
up: Ohio took wise approach to issue of smoking ban
The Supreme Court in Columbus this week upheld Ohio's statewide smoking ban, sending a clear and consistent message to businesses across the state.
Casinos' Opening Cutting Into Winnings For Neighboring States
Its biggest threat now is a new casino under construction in downtown Cincinnati that's ... Lawmakers allowed casinos to be exempt from new statewide smoking ...
Casino Toledo now open
Visitors have to be 21 years old to enter the casino floor, and Ohio's
indoor smoking ban in public places prohibits smoking while playing.
Casino officials think ...
bars pledge to strictly enforce statewide smoking ban
... The American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation reports that 39 states and the District of Columbia had local laws in April 2012 that required 100 percent smoke-free workplaces, restaurants and bars. ...
The latest -- and, it's to be hoped, last -- time-wasting legal challenge
to Ohio's ban on indoor smoking in public places and at work sites has
failed utterly. State and local law enforcement agencies, public health
officials, business regulators, and elected leaders now must fully carry
out the will of voters. The Ohio Supreme Court ruled unanimously this
week that the state's Smoke- Free Workplace Act, which voters strongly
approved in 2006, does not amount to ...
in fines to be collected after smoking ban upheld
The Ohio Supreme Court's ruling this week that a 2006 smoking ban in public places passes constitutional muster has paved the way for the state to collect $2.3 ...
smoking ban constitutional, but new bill in the works
Ohio's smoking ban is constitutional, the state supreme court ruled
Supreme Court upholds statewide smoking ban
Ohios strict ban on smoking in indoor public places is constitutional
and enforceable, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled unanimously today.
Although the Smoke Free Act was ultimately passed pursuant to
a ballot initiative, the voters of Ohio also have a legitimate purpose
in protecting the general ...
With the Ohio Supreme Court unanimously upholding Ohio's 2006 smoking
ban this morning, seems a good time to ask what you think of it. Do
you find it pretty ...
Casino in Toledo betting on luring Michigan visitors
Toledo Officials at Hollywood Casino here said Monday that they
hope to lure Metro Detroiters to Toledo with incentives, a smoke-free
environment, and the glitz and glamour of a new $320 million gambling
facility. Hollywood Casino Toledo previewed its 125,000-square-foot
casino eight days ahead of its much-anticipated opening on May 29.
Toledo's casino, like the Caesars Windsor casino, will be smoke-free,
a key reason metro Detroiters who patronize the MGM Grand Detroit, MotorCity
Mathews: Cleveland casino
More than 5,000 people attended the opening of Cleveland's new Horseshoe
Casino in the former Higbee's Department Store on Monday.
Horseshoe Casino is smoke-free. So it stands to reason many Ohio gamblers
will still drive to Erie to be able to smoke. ...
ought to raise the stakes on tobacco: editorial
Casino Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert asks for patience ...
Advocates of Ohio's indoor-smoking ban need not fear that the
casino will seek an exemption. Gilbert said he can't stand smoking and
thinks the Horseshoe will be a huge draw for people who feel the same.
celebrates smoke-free Horseshoe Casino Cleveland
Rally Celebrates Smoke-Free Horseshoe Casino Cleveland, the first state with an existing smoke-free law and new casinos built. What: A celebration rally to ...
pushes Powell for smoke-free parks
County updates no-smoking policy
The policy was last updated in 1994, county Administrator Becky Saine said, long before a new state law passed in 2004 banning smoking in public buildings.
City Village Council, meeting of April 9
Village solicitor Todd Harpst informed council that smoking is banned
only in an enclosed area but council has the authority to ban smoking
in those areas. ...
Tabled for Smoking Ban in Lakewood Parks
City council held off voting on an ordinance on Monday that would ban
smoking in Lakewoods 15 city parks.
Smoking in Ohio's bars,
restaurants and public buildings was banned in 2006. An ordinance introduced
in February, by councilwomen Monique ...
Smoking bans pass, but moral claim up for debate
ZANESVILLE -- City Council passed smoking bans for areas around City
Hall and Secrest Auditorium by 5-2 votes Monday night, despite concerns
raised by two ...
City Council Considers Smoking Ban in Parks
LAKEWOOD, Ohio Bars and restaurants have been smoke free for
years. Now the city of Lakewood might take that same ...
wants smoke-free housing
approves of feasibility study, delays smoke-free legislation
Legislation declaring the areas surrounding Secrest Auditorium and City Hall as smoke-free places, however, will wait a few weeks.
Smoking Ban Under Review
The Zanesville City Council is considering ordinances that would designate
the sidewalks surrounding City Hall and Secrest Auditorium as non-smoking
considers City Hall, Secrest smoking bans
would restrict smoking in cars
Arguing that a child has no way to escape the harmful effects of secondhand smoke, a Columbus Democrat told a Senate committee yesterday that it's time for Ohio to ban smoking in vehicles with passengers younger than 6. ...
ban violators owe state $1.8M in fines
Five years after a controversial indoor smoking ban went into effect,
nearly $2 million remains in unpaid fines from businesses statewide
that have violated the law. ...
years later, smoking ban complaints decrease significantly ...
casino: Smokers need not apply
TOLEDO - Operators of a new casino say they won't hire smokers to wwork at gambling tables or elsewhere.
Hollywood Casino in Toledo said it will ask applicants whether they use any tobacco products and screen for tobacco in their drug tests.
The casino's human-resources director said operators are looking out for the health of their employees.
State law in Ohio allows companies to hire only nonsmokers.
The casino in Toledo will prohibit smoking and is expected to open next year.
Bar Tests Smoking Ban In State Supreme Court
Smoking bans have seen legal challenges across the Midwest. Attorneys for a Nebraska pool hall operator argued against that state's smoking ban before the ...
Supreme Court debates smoking ban
The court battle over Ohio's 4-year-old strict ban on smoking in bars,
restaurants, and most other indoor public places went to the hills of
tobacco-growing country Wednesday. ...
visits for heart attacks dip after smoking ban began
in restaurants, bars slightly up since smoking ban in place
of the Impact of Ohios Smoke-Free Workplace Act -- Executive Summary
The analysis of the economic impact was conducted using taxable sales
from bars and restaurants for the state of Ohio. Sales data from 2003
through 2010 were evaluated for bars and restaurants separately in order
to investigate whether the Smoke Free Workplace Act influenced either
business type differently. ...
agency bans smoking at homes
board recommends tobacco-free school campuses
Bar Could Lose License Over Smoking-Ban Fines
The Ohio Attorney General's office takes another stand against bars
that have outstanding smoking-ban fines. ...
Pub says it will beat state, keep liquor license
When the smoke clears, the operators of Peg's Pub predict they will
have beaten an attempt to cork the bar's liquor license for violating
Ohio's indoor smoking ban. ...
area bar loses license over smoking fines
Bans, One Step Further
ban funded, but not quit line
Despite rising taxes and continuing health warnings, Ohio's adult smoking
rate saw its biggest increase in more than a decade in 2010. ...
to curb smoking is cut from state budget
Money aimed at preventing tobacco use in Ohio will run out in a year
unless the state reverses course on planned budget cuts. ...
Backers of the 2006 voter-approved smoking ban on Thursday called on
the Senate Finance Committee to put $2 million - $1 million a year -
in the version of the two-year state budget pending before the committee
to enforce the ban. ...
Toledo Blade - Jim Provance - June 3, 2011
Pamela Butler, Wood County health commissioner, said her department continues to enforce the smoking ban, but said the future is unclear. "At this point and time, we've been picking up a lot of those costs," Ms. Butler said. ...
of Ohio smoking ban fines are unpaid
City Council Decides on Smoking, Trans Fat, Food Trucks
opposes smoking ban for Cleveland links
City Council considers ordinances to ban trans fat and smoking
Uphold smoking ban
Five years ago, Ohio voters overwhelmingly approved a state law that
bans smoking in workplaces, including bars, restaurants, and clubs.
Since then, Ohioans' support for, and compliance with, the law has continued
to grow. ...
Supreme Court agrees to hear bar owners challenge of smoking ban
court to weigh smoking-ban fines
The Ohio Supreme Court agreed yesterday to consider the legality of
Ohio's 2006 statewide smoking ban in a case involving a Victorian Village
The question of whether smokers can light up in bars, restaurants,
and other public places has worked its way up to Ohio's highest court.
ban detractor wants Ohio Supreme Court to weigh in
An advocacy group whose successful trial-court challenge to Ohios smoking ban suffered defeat at the hands of a state-backed appeal wants the Ohio Supreme Court to have the final say on enforcement of the 2007 law.
The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law said it filed a brief with the
states high court ...
economy, smoking ban, skill games take bite out of profits
It's Wednesday night at MASS Bingo in Zanesville, and the room is crowded.
But it used to be full for every game, said Wright, whose bingo-playing
days outdate the daubers and video monitors.
celebrates state smoking ban
DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - The state's smoking ban reaches new heights in the Dayton region and it was something worth celebrating.
Mongtomery county and city officials launched 186 balloons in recognition of the 186 lives that have been saved as a result of the passage of "Smoke Free Ohio".
But health officials warned there are still more lives that could be
rules against Ohio bar in smoking ban case
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Officials seeking to enforce the workplace smoking ban approved by Ohio voters have been handed a victory by a state appeals court.
The court this week reversed a judge's earlier ruling to throw out smoking law violations against a Columbus bar that resulted in more than $33,000 in fines.
The judge had said the Ohio Department of Health exceeded its authority
by holding Zeno's Victorian Village responsible for the actions of its
patrons. In Tuesday's decision, the appeals court in Columbus found
"overwhelming" evidence that the bar's owners repeatedly and
intentionally violated the law ...
Zoo officials should OK smoking ban
It appears as though every animal at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo from the armadillos to the zebras will be able to breathe a little easier starting next year.
A panel overseeing Cleveland's zoo has been asked to make it smoke-free. Parks commissioners met Thursday and received materials from zoo officials making the case for a smoking ban, according to The Associated Press.
Zoo spokeswoman Sue Allen says a memorandum was included stating that a large foundation said it could not continue to support the zoo unless smoking was banned. She did not name the foundation.
Zoo officials say smoking is not permitted at other major zoos. The Cincinnati, Toledo and Akron zoos prohibit smoking on their grounds. The website for the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium states it allows people to light up in designated areas.
Allen says Cleveland's zoo is hopeful commissioners will approve a ban that would be enacted at the start of 2011.
This undoubtedly will be an unpopular decision to some if the commissioners approve the ban as expected but it can't be too surprising.
Given the family-oriented nature of the zoo, a smoke-free environment likely will be more welcoming to the many children who pass through its gates every year. Also, open-air facilities, like sports stadiums, are increasingly implementing such bans ...
Expected On Smoking Ban For Cleveland's Zoo
A panel that oversees Cleveland's zoo is being asked to make it smoke-free by January.
Parks commissioners are expected to vote Thursday on a smoking ban supported by the director of the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and other zoo officials.
They note that smoking is not permitted at other major zoos across
the country. ...
Effects of Ohio's Smoke-free Law on Kentucky and Ohio Border Counties
Conclusions: Our data add to the large body of evidence that
smoke-free laws are neutral with respect to the hospitality business
across jurisdictions with and without laws. ...
may ban smoking by city employees on duty
MARION -- To reduce health care costs that added $250,000 to its expenses in 2010, the city may ban the use of tobacco on the job by its employees.
Beginning this summer, the city's new hires could not be tobacco users, Safety Director Tom Robbins said. The second phase of instituting the policy, transitioning toward a ban of tobacco use on the job by city workers, is expected to begin this month. The goal is to be tobacco-free by Jan. 1, 2011, when the policy is due to take effect.
According to a handout of proposed changes to general work rules for city employees, the new work rule will prohibit "smoking or use of tobacco while on duty and in paid status."
"We've been assured this will help us in our next round of health care," Robbins told members of Marion City Council's municipal services, parks and recreation committee Tuesday. He said he won't know how much the policy revision would save the city until health care coverage is negotiated for 2011. The city's current health care provider is United Healthcare ...
Exclusive: AG sues bar owing $49000 for violations
MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS -- The state Attorney General's Office filed a lawsuit against the Suburban Inn, a shot-and-a-beer bar that officials claim is routinely exposing customers and workers to deadly second-hand smoke.
The state is asking a Common Pleas judge in Cuyahoga County to make the bar pay the $49,000 in fines it has racked up in the three years since Ohio banned smoking in workplaces.
Health inspectors have issued the Suburban Inn at least 13 violations since 2007, the most of any establishment in Cuyahoga County.
"Suburban is No. 1," said John McLeod, director of environmental health services at the Cuyahoga County Board of Health.
"It's for your customers. It's for your workers. It's for their health and their wellness. And I just think they chose blatantly not to comply with the law."
Second-hand smoke is proven to cause a myriad health problems, including cancer and heart disease.
One of the violations was issued last November after Channel 3 News
used undercover cameras to videotape bartenders and customers openly
smoking in the Bagley Road bar, McLeod said ...
want smoking allowed in bars
A new statewide poll finds that just over half of Ohio residents want to allow smoking in the state's bars.
But support remains strong to keep tobacco banned from restaurants
and workplaces, even among smokers. ...
poll: Rethink smoking ban
cans smoking ban
The smoking ban is dead.
With a vote of 4 for and 2 against, Washington C.H. City Council officially
tabled Ordinance No. 9-2010 indefinitely Wednesday night. ...
council mulling smoking-in-vehicle ban
What began as an idea proposed by a Washington High School government class could become a reality in the very near future.
Washington C.H. City Council discussed the possibility of a city-wide ban on smoking in cars where small children are present during Wednesday's meeting.
"It's a worthwhile thing," said council chairman Dale Lynch. "And the fact that this is something students came up with - it shows that people can initiate things."
The proposal was first brought up by a group of Washington students from Jon Creamer's AP Government class when they spoke before council on May 12.
The students presented information on similar laws already in place in Arkansas, California, Louisiana and Maine. Currently there are no similar laws - in either state or individual city governments - in the state of Ohio.
Washington C.H. City Council recently took on a controversial topic
in a different way last month when it approved a resolution to support
a statewide texting while driving ban. In that case, though, state leaders
were already crafting a bill - which later passed - to ban texting while
ban hits 3-year mark
After three years of a statewide smoking ban, incidents of smoking in public places are going down, at least in Lake County.
In November 2006, 2.2 million Ohioans voted to pass the Smoke-Free Workplace Act, making Ohio the 12th state at the time to enforce a smoking ban in all enclosed public spaces. Now 26 states have such a law.
"We've had a 64 percent reduction in complaints from the first year to the third year," said Ron Graham, deputy health commissioner of the Lake County General Health District.
"We are satisfied with our progress and are glad to see so many Lake County work and public places in compliance with this law." ...
for Ohio casinos take shape: No smoking, no complimentary drinks, no
alcohol after 2:30 a.m.
Four colorful and glitzy casinos are already well in the works for Ohio. And this week state lawmakers revealed plans for exactly how those gambling facilities might operate.
In Ohio, gamblers will be at least 21. They'll have their choice of as many gaming tables as the owners choose to fit into the casinos, which could be open around the clock. Or they can try their luck at one of up to 5,000 slot machines. And there figures to be plenty of restaurants nearby and eventually hotels.
But unlike in Vegas, smokers will have to step outside to light up . . .
Both the Ohio House and Senate this week introduced casino enabling language -- a set of rules that will govern newly established gambling in Ohio.
Voters approved a constitutional amendment last November that allowed casinos to be built in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati and Toledo. The deal also required lawmakers to pass rules ...
Euclid council sets "smoke-free zones" in public areas
City Council Monday night passed legislation to create smoke-free zones.
The zones allow smoking in public parks, but forbid smoking in certain zones within the parks.
The smoke-free zones include the dog park at Quarry Park, all city playgrounds, the fenced-in areas around the swimming pools at Victory and Bexley parks, the fenced-in area around the splash park at Quarry Park, and the playground at Quarry Park, where there is no fence.
Those observed smoking within these areas the first time will be warned.
A second offense will result in a minor misdemeanor charge. ...
ban complaints drop in Ohio
DAYTON, Ohio Complaints filed against businesses for violating Ohio's smoking ban are dropping, a sign that more bars and restaurants are following the law, state health officials said.
Ohio voters approved the ban in 2006, and since enforcement began the number of complaints has dropped from 21,604 in 2007 to 9,228 in 2009, according to an analysis by the Dayton Daily News published Sunday.
During that time period, about 3,300 complaints involved businesses in Montgomery County, which includes Dayton, the newspaper said. Only Cuyahoga and Hamilton counties have had more complaints.
But following the statewide trend, complaints in Montgomery County have declined from 1,450 in the last eight months of 2007 to 522 in all of 2009.
Compliance has gotten so good that recent complaints involve repeat
offenders, not so much first-time violators, said Mandy Burkett, chief
of the health department's indoor environments section. ...
plans to appeal smoking enforcement decision
The state yesterday said it will appeal a court decision that ruled enforcement of Ohio's smoking ban went too far in punishing a Columbus tavern for numerous violations by its patrons.
It remains to be seen how broad an impact the decision would have, but the lawyer for Zeno's Victorian Village said he believes businesses statewide now facing fines won't have to pay and those who've already paid them might be due refunds.
Attorney General Richard Cordray has asked the 10th District Court of Appeals to place Judge David Cain's decision on hold pending appeal. In the meantime, the Department of Health plans to continue enforcing the ban as it has since the inception.
Judge Cain of Franklin County Common Pleas Court on Monday vacated 10 citations and some $30,000 in fines pending against Zeno's. ...
throws out enforcement of smoking ban against bar
Franklin County Common Pleas Court Judge David E. Cain in Columbus has ruled that the state health department overstepped its legal authority in enforcing the states smoking ban against Zenos, a Columbus bar.
The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law, which defended Zenos in the case, has scheduled a news conference today, Feb. 25, at 1:30 p.m. to discuss the ramifications of the decision.
Sara Morman, health department spokeswoman, said department officials are working with Attorney General Richard Cordray to appeal the ruling.
In his ruling, stamped Monday, Feb. 22, Cain declined to rule on the
constitutionality of the smoking ban but vacated citations issued against
smoking ban has cost $2 million
Ohio taxpayers have paid more than $2 million to rid bars, restaurants and workplaces of tobacco smoke since the statewide smoking ban took effect in 2007, a sum that opponents say could be better used elsewhere.
The state has spent $3.2 million so far to identify businesses that are violating the smoking ban, to look for infractions and to process them through the court system, according to information released by the Ohio Department of Health to state Sen. Bill Seitz, a critic of the smoking ban.
Health authorities have issued $1.2 million in fines and collected about $400,000, the health department said.
Critics of the smoking ban, which was approved by 58 percent of Ohio voters in 2006, point to the data as evidence that taxpayers are putting a lot of money toward patchy enforcement of the smoking law while violators shirk their fines. . . .
Backers of the smoking ban take the opposite view. They say $2 million over nearly three years is a modest sum to reduce smoking rates in Ohio and protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke. Since the ban took effect, Ohio's adult smoking rate dipped from 22.5 percent to 20.2 percent ...
Our View: Smoking ban needs to be enforced
In this edition of The Marion Star you can read an account of businesses and other establishments that continuously have been found in violation of the Ohio indoor smoking ban.
Not only is it outrageous that so many have continued to ignore the law, it appears that the state is nearly helpless when it comes to enforcement. . . .
Permitting your bar, restaurant or club to fill up with a known carcinogen and then paying people to work there unprotected is the same thing.
We don't even need to get into how unfair the situation is to reputable establishments that follow the law.
The state needs to get serious about bringing offending businesses into compliance. ...
rarely fined for violating Ohio's smoking law; few pay up
Smoking in Ohio bars and social clubs has been illegal for more than three years, but it certainly hasn't been extinguished.
A CentralOhio.com review of 25,000 smoking ban violation investigations shows discipline is rare and offenders largely ignore financial sanctions.
Three-fourths of all investigations resulted in the complaint being dropped without discipline, according to the data from the Ohio Department of Health.
Even at the locations where health department officials are frequent visitors for smoking ban allegations, the rate of successful enforcement is only slightly better.
The top 10 most investigated businesses, mostly bars and clubs, averaged a complaint every six weeks or so, but three out of every four of those were tossed out. ...
'underreports' smoking ban violations
Despite signs asking the community not to smoke on campus, students continue to do so as they do not fear being reprimanded.
Although Miami University banned smoking on campus in August 2008, the policy still seems to have mixed results in preventing students, faculty and staff from lighting up between classes.
"It is absolutely underreported," said Susan Vaughn, director of ethics and student conflict resolution.
Vaughn said the responsibility of enforcing the policy is put in the hands of Miami students and faculty.
The first offense on campus is a warning. If a student smokes repeatedly on campus and is reported, they will be charged with a Code Two violation.
Vaughn said her office has seen about 20 cases of Code Two smoking violations this academic year.
Some students, however, still choose to smoke on campus despite the smoking ban signs that have cropped up in place of ashtrays. ...
SARTA? You could have 26 new rules to follow
For example, the "no smoking" rule doesn't say whether smoking is prohibited at the bus station, as well as on the bus. . . .
Conrad's revamped proposed code of conduct, which was drafted by his
planning manager, James Warner, and transportation director, Teresa
Thompson, has 26 detailed rules that would replace the old code.
bar loses appeal over smoking ban
A Cincinnati-area bar lost its appeal last week over an alleged violation of Ohios Smoke-Free Act.
The 10th District Court of Appeals on Dec. 24 upheld a Franklin County Common Pleas Court ruling that Deer Park Inn had violated the law by allowing smoking on its premises.
Inspectors from the Hamilton County General Health District had observed patrons smoking inside the building, according to court papers, and sent the bar a letter of warning, adding that it had not posted no-smoking signs on the premises.
Deer Park Inn claimed that there was no reliable evidence to support the claim and that it was denied due process in that it had a right to a hearing before the letter was sent. ...