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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 Ohio’s 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 legal proceedings.

Ohio Smokefree Law Information:
General Information: 1-866-634-7654
To report a violation: 1-866-559-OHIO (6446)

Ohio law does not preempt the passage of local smokefree laws. Read more about current tobacco-related legislation in Ohio.

ANR has additional information on Ohio economic impact and public opinion data.

2013-2014 State Legislative Session: 1/7/2013 - 12/31/2014 (Est.)

Ohio Tobacco Quitline Number: 1-800-934-4840
American Cancer Society Quitline: 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669)

Smokefree & Related News

Bay Village mayor wants to ban smoking on city property, including parks
cleveland.com - November 21, 2014

Sutherland she thinks it's time to make the whole municipal campus tobacco-free. The mayor said she plans to put together an employee task force to develop ...

Smokers welcome on University of Akron campus: Higher Education ...
The Plain Dealer - cleveland.com - November 20, 2014

It is among more than 1,400 campuses that are smoke-free, according to the Tobacco Free College Campus Initiative. Also smoke free are Ohio State University ...

University of Akron policy-making group rejects making campus ...
Akron Beacon Journal - November 19, 2014

At UA, smoking is now prohibited inside buildings but is permitted outside on ... It called for banning tobacco and nicotine products, including e-cigarettes, from ...

Streetsboro Council considers penalizing employees smoking alone ...
Gateway News - November 19, 2014

Streetsboro -- City leaders may prohibit city employees from smoking in ... The proposed ordinance prohibits smoking on city property within 100 feet of an ...

Great American Smokeout is Thursday -- Are you ready to quit ...
The Plain Dealer - cleveland.com - November 19, 2014

A study conducted by researchers at the University of California at San Francisco found that nonsmokers sitting in a motor vehicle - in the right rear passenger ...

Woman lauded for UT smoking ban
Toledo Blade - November 17, 2014

University of Toledo doctoral student Alexis Blavos has been recognized for her part in pushing the institution to ban smoking on campus. The ban applies to tobacco, smokeless tobacco, snuff, and electronic cigarettes. The policy, however, did not go into effect until August, Ms. Blavos said. UT has ...

Ohio State's Tobacco Ban Making Some Progress [AUDIO]
WOSU Public Media - November 17, 2014

More universities in Ohio seek to implement a campus-wide tobacco ban. Akron and Kent State want to join Ohio State which started its tobacco ban nearly a ...

Lakewood Wins Community Health Challenge
Lakewood Observer - November 11, 2014

Awards are also being presented to Euclid for the highest points in the tobacco free and most improved categories. Each of the participating municipalities had ...

Morning Roundup: Racinos trump Ohio's casinos, more ...
Columbus Business First - November 11, 2014

Hollywood Casino Columbus saw a revenue increase from September, the paper ... smoking patio, the paper said, in a bid to compete with the Indiana casinos ...

University of Akron campus may go smoke-free
The Star Beacon - November 10, 2014

The Tobacco Free College Campus Initiative estimates that there are 1,477 campuses around the country that are smoke-free, including Ohio State University, ...

How low did it go? Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati has worst-performing month in its history
Cincinnati Business Courier - November 10, 2014

...has set off a bit of a casino arms race. The Horseshoe is heavily promoting its new outdoor casino area with smoking, which is aimed at enabling it to better compete with the Indiana casinos where …

ALLAN: E-cigarettes promote nicotine to a new generation: Terry Allan, Cuyahoga County health commissioner
Cleveland Plain Dealer - November 2, 2014

Advertising, online sales, and use of e-cigarettes in public places promotes nicotine to a new generation and renormalizes the presence of tobacco products in our society. We already know children are highly vulnerable to these deceptive marketing practi

EARLY: E-cigarettes are personalized tool to help smokers quit: Meaghan Earley, Euphoria Vapor
Cleveland (OH) Plain Dealer - November 2, 2014

Let's be honest for a moment: e-cigarettes smell much better than regular cigarettes, right? There is no worry for those around individuals who use e-cigarettes to worry about toxic fumes entering their bodies or second-hand smoke, as there is no harmful

Oakwood council passes outdoor smoke-free law
WHIO - November 4, 2014

An ordinance in Oakwood that would allow law enforcement to fine people who are smoking at some outdoor city-owned property was passed ... Oakwood became the fourth city in the state to adopt a smoke-free park law, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation.

Smoking ban in city parks and rec areas expected to be introduced tonight
Athens NEWS - November 3, 2014

Athens city recreation areas, including parks, outdoor recreation facilities, restrooms, pavilions and athletic playing fields could soon be tobacco-free if an ...

Ohio bill seeks to make e-cigarette liquid childproof
Wisconsin Rapids Tribune - November 3, 2014

E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that provide users with aerosol ... State law prohibits minors from obtaining, possessing and using the e-cigarettes.

Ohio Lawmakers Work to Protect Children from E-Cigarettes
WSAZ-TV - November 2, 2014

Shannon Jones has sponsored a bill to ban the sale of products used in ... State law prohibits minors from obtaining, possessing and using the e-cigarettes.

Activate Allen County: Churches joining fight for good health
LimaOhio.com - November 2, 2014

... and cookies typically served during the social hour for healthier fare, to larger undertakings, including designating the church property a tobacco-free campus.

Council to introduce tobacco ban at city recreation areas
Athens Messenger - October 30, 2014

Athens City Council is expected to introduce legislation to ban tobacco use in city ... a lot of cigarette smoking while spending time with his 9-year-old daughter in ...

Standing room only at Grove City drug forum
WFMJ - October 30, 2014

Assistant high school principal Brendan Smith says he and his staff started seeing the e-cigarettes in the building in the beginning of the year. "We don't know ...

Independent groups spending far less on Ohio elections this year
Columbus Dispatch - October 29, 2014

For example, ads running in Cincinnati that have some of the same photos that ... but the Center for Public Integrity found that cigarette manufacturer Reynolds ...

City council to vote on marijuana ordinance
FOX19 - October 28, 2014

The ordinance would expunge low-level marijuana crimes from records of ... help residents get jobs, housing and education that they otherwise would not qualify ...

Why you should take the smoke-free home pledge
Perry County Tribune (registration) - October 27, 2014

The Perry County Health Department Tobacco Program promotes smoke-free multi-unit housing initiatives and encourages residents to take a smoke-free home ...

Health Department: Take the Smoke-Free Home Pledge
The Buckeye Lake Beacon - October 25, 2014

NEWARK- The Licking County Health Department encourages all Licking County residents to join the hundreds of Ohioans who are protecting their families, ...

Clark County may consider smoking ban on new hires
Dayton Daily News? - October 22, 2014

A Clark County commissioner suggested the county - one of the biggest local employers ...

Cleveland Council President Kevin Kelley clamps down on practice ...
The Plain Dealer - cleveland.com - October 22, 2014

Brady said she learned that new hookah bars were opening without obtaining an exemption from the state law banning smoking from workplaces, and the ...

Grant improves community culture
LimaOhio.com - October 22, 2014

LIMA - Tobacco-free schools, community gardens and breast-feeding friendly workplaces are all examples of changes the Creating Healthy Communities grant ...

Senior center bars e-smokes
Sidney Daily News - October 21, 2014

... during its Oct. 10 meeting to disallow all smoking in the center's building. The new ruling specifically addressed a question about the use of e-cigarettes there.

Smoking ban to focus on education, awareness
The Cauldron (subscription) - October 20, 2014

It has been more than a year since Cleveland State University joined the hundreds of other tobacco-free campuses around the country and permanently banned ...

Here's what's new at Belterra Park
Cincinnati Business Courier - October 19, 2014

Belterra Park is the latest gaming facility to add a special area that caters to patrons who smoke. The racino, formerly known as River Downs, has opened a gaming terrace where smoking is allowed …

Against cancer, drugs, poor education, tolls? Take action
Cincinnati.com - October 18, 2014

Other states that have implemented statewide smoking bans have seen ... there isn't a statewide smoking ban, and there isn't gaming, increased taxes or tolls, ...

Belterra Park tells smoking patrons to light up
Cincinnati.com - October 17, 2014

Belterra Park Gaming & Entertainment Center has opened a new gambling terrace that permits smokers to play video slot machines while they puff. The racino is the last among seven Ohio racetracks to add games to a smoking area. But with 82 electronic devices, it's one of the largest in Ohio. Beverage service and other amenities are available.

Horseshoe Casino Cleveland unable to offer outdoor gambling ...
The Plain Dealer - cleveland.com - October 16, 2014

Ohio has banned smoking in enclosed public places since 2006. ... the Ohio Casino Control Commission to add gaming to existing second floor smoking decks.

Hollywood Casino welcoming smokers, Beanie Wells suing his surgeons
Biz Journals - October 16, 2014

with 21 slot machines to satisfy both state laws against smoking indoors and gamblers who want to get their nicotine fix while still playing. It's the first of the state's four casinos to do it, but all

Father asks for smoking ban in Athens parks
Athens Messenger - October 15, 2014

According to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, only three municipalities in the state of Ohio have banned smoking in public parks: Strongsville, ...

New local campaign focuses on dangers of secondhand smoke
Athens Messenger - October 15, 2014

This campaign encourages families to make a smoke-free home pledge to make sure houses and cars remain smoke-free to reduce the amount of secondhand ...

Learning about Ebola
Sidney Daily News - October 15, 2014

Discussed the electronic cigarette situation in the city. After learning that Councilman Ed Hamaker would vote no on an ordinance banning e-cigarettes from city ...

Look inside: Horseshoe's gambling patio for smokers
Cincinnati.com - October 14, 2014

A virtual black jack dealer eagerly awaits the smoking patio's first bet as ... Casino officials say they're excited to accommodate guests that want to enjoy tobacco.

Horseshoe to smokers: Prepare to light up and bet
Cincinnati Enquirer - October 13, 2014

Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati is slated to open its new gambling patio on Friday, pending final regulatory approval. Looking for every edge in a hyper-competitive casino market, the Downtown casino decided to construct a new outdoor smoking patio that ...

Activate Allen County: Secondhand smoke truly dangerous
Lima Ohio - October 12, 2014

If you think secondhand smoke is no big deal, think again. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency classifies secondhand smoke as a Group A carcinogenic.

Oakwood considers making parks smoking-free
Dayton Daily News - October 11, 2014

An ordinance under consideration in Oakwood would allow law enforcement to fine people who are smoking at some outdoor city-owned property. The new ordinance will be considered by city council next month. It would prohibit smoking and e-cigarettes at public parks, public natural areas, or around the city building, public works center and community center. City-owned parking lots, the Gardner Pool and the Old River Sports Complex were also listed as areas protected from smoking under the proposed ban. If city council approves the ordinance during its Nov. 3 meeting, Oakwood would become the fourth city in Ohio to adopt a smoke-free park law, according to the American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation. Other cities in the state with similar laws include New Philadelphia, Strongsville and Sylvania...

Licking County public employees to pay for smoking
Columbus Dispatch - October 9, 2014

County Engineer Bill Lozier and Commissioner Duane Flowers voted against the proposal, with Flowers likening it to New York City's ban on giant-size fountain ...

O-HIGH-O State: Hempfest returns to campus, encourages activism
OSU - The Lantern - October 9, 2014

Dr. Peter Shields, deputy director of the James Comprehensive Cancer Center and chair of OSU's Tobacco Free Initiative, released a statement addressing that ...

Kunze faces challengers Hoff, Noble on Nov. 4 ballot
ThisWeekNews - October 8, 2014

During her first term, Kunze said, she was proud to have been the sponsor of a law prohibiting the sale of alternative nicotine products, including e-cigarettes, ...

For Ohio House
Columbus Dispatch - October 8, 2014

...She has a particular interest in stemming youth drug use, and worked on the bill banning e-cigarette sales to minors. ...

Poison dangers: Liquid nicotine can be tempting to children [VIDEO]
WKRC TV Cincinnati - October 1, 2014

CINCINNATI (Paula Toti) -- Poison control centers advise parents to be on high alert about a danger to children posed by e-cigarettes. It sounds delicious even to adults and can be tempting to children. When a child ingests it, symptoms range from minor to serious dizziness, slurred speech, and difficulty breathing; potentially life threatening. Some juice makers use child-proof caps, but not all of them do.

Businesses, take responsibility for your smokers
Cincinnati.com - September 25, 2014

There seems to be a push by business owners and property management companies to extend their non-smoking policies to the outside of their properties.

Council debates e-cigarette regs
Sidney Daily News - September 24, 2014

SIDNEY - Should electronic cigarettes be banned on city-owned property? ... that a patron of the Senior Center was smoking an e-cigarette inside the facility. ... the center administration that there were no laws banning the use of e-cigarettes in ... statute that would enable the city to ban e-cigarettes at the Senior Center.

Hollywood Gaming: What you need to know to go
WFMJ - September 16, 2014

Hollywood Gaming is a non-smoking workplace. However, officials say there are two designated smoking areas for guests that are located away from the casino ...

Slow start to tobacco-free campaign
The Cauldron (subscription) - September 2, 2014

Advertising of the smoke-free campus is everywhere at CSU. Signs hang on light posts along the sidewalks and adorn walls inside and outside the various ...

Gone in a puff of smoke
The Daily Standard - August 31, 2014

The smoke has cleared inside area businesses and, in some cases, so have the people. In 2006, Ohio became the 12th state to ban smoking at work and in public venues. Some of the changes occurring in the last six years are visible, such as an increase in outdoor seating at bars and restaurants.

Ohio a mixed bag in cancer prevention policy, study says
Dayton Business Journal (blog) - August 28, 2014

On the other hand, Ohio is among the most aggressive states when it comes to smoke-free legislation. And there are not only lives lost through tobacco use, but...

What you need to know about UT's tobacco ban
Independent Collegian (University of Toledo) - August 27, 2014

The tobacco ban established last spring also bans chewing tobacco, cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, snus and pipes.

Health district, city collaborate on tobacco-free signs
Delaware Gazette - August 23, 2014

The Delaware General Health District recently collaborated with the City of Delaware on the installation of several Young Lungs at Play tobacco prevention signs located at some city parks and recreational areas.

Tobacco banned on Ashland County property starting in October
Ashland Times Gazette (subscription) - August 22, 2014

Last week commissioners passed a resolution stating that starting October 1, all county property is tobacco free. This includes e-cigarettes, chew tobacco, ...

University continues to enforce clean air policy
BG News - August 21, 2014

The University campus has been smoke-free since the Clean Air Policy went into effect in January. The Clean Air Policy says that smoking is not permitted ...

No lighting up at Dayton's Cooper Park
WDTN - August 20, 2014

"We are proud to have Montgomery County's first smoke-free park in the heart of our city," Mayor Whaley said. "Park visitors can now enjoy the benefits of ...

Ohio to keep main casino gambling floors smoke-free
GamingTodaySlotsToday - August 18, 2014

An Ohio ban on smoking on the casino floor may push smokers to other areas of the casino that are now being evaluated for slot machines. Officials revealed last week casinos in Cincinnati, Columbus and Toledo want to install slot machines in designated smoking area while keeping their main gambling floors smoke-free.

Mayor talks 'round the point
Toledo Blade - July 31, 2014

Tell me what raises for city administrators or a smoking ban do for them. Tell me what the feisty Councilman Mike Collins would have said about bulldozing ..

Cigars, hookah more popular than cigarettes among local high ...
The Plain Dealer - July 24, 2014

"We're seeing the same thing," she said. "People's perceptions are that e-cigarettes and hookah are significantly safer than cigarette smoke. That is not the case.

Cleveland Bans E-Cigarettes In Public Places
Convenience Store Decisions - July 21, 2014

The Cleveland City Council, in a unanimous vote late Wednesday agreed to expand a 2011 ordinance against tobacco smoking in public places to e-cigarettes, IdeaStream reported.

Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati plans outdoor expansion catering to smokers
WCPO - July 21, 2014

Horseshoe Casino plans an expansion that will include an outdoor bar and patio. ... place to take a break from the downtown venue's smoke-free environment.

Cleveland Bans E-Cigarette Smoking
ideastream - July 17, 2014

The county's smoking rates had fallen to less than 19 percent of residents in 2007. ... The city had already banned cigarette smoking in publicly-owned outdoor ...

FDA cigar proposal has Ohioans seeing smoke
The Plain Dealer - July 16, 2014

At issue is the FDA's responsibility to regulate tobacco products and protect the ... The FDA is well aware of the difference between cigarettes, inexpensive ... are not marketed to, nor appealing to minors, unlike the 'flavored cigarette styled ...

Ohio University Considers MANDATORY Re-Education Classes For ...
KFBK - July 16, 2014

Officials at Ohio University are considering mandatory classes for students who get caught smoking on campus as part of a draconian ban on smoking for the ...

Vapor Station offers 'tasting bar' for electronic cigarettes
ThisWeekNews - July 16, 2014

Vapor Station owner James Jarvis lost his grandmother to lung cancer, so he's on a mission to help smokers kick the habit via electronic cigarettes. Jarvis moved ...

Lake Metroparks to look at updating rules
News-Herald.com-by Devon Turchan - July 15, 2014

The executive director also would have an opportunity to designate outdoor areas as smoke-free under the proposed changes. Palagyi clarified that a ...

LETTER: Not enough is known about e-cigarettes
Columbus (OH) Dispatch - July 15, 2014

Accepting e-cigarettes as a social norm in public falsely justifies the safety of nicotine and is counterproductive to the recent strides in removing tobacco exposure from public areas across Ohio.

Outdoor dining trend growing
The Daily Standard-Jul 13, 2014

One of the first places to add outdoor space inside Celina was Club 211. Owner Ben Amstutz said the club opened a 20-by-80 patio behind the club mainly to accommodate smokers when Ohio banned smoking inside businesses. It has since added a front patio with room for about 10-12 people.

B-C-S board prepares for coming school year
Port Clinton News Herald - July 8, 2014

The board also adopted a policy prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes on school property. The board discussed the best and safest educational environment for ...

Activate Allen County: Making tobacca-free zones
LimaOhio.com - July 7, 2014

Communities throughout the U.S. are creating tobacco-free outdoor recreational facilities out of concern for the health of their citizens. Cities in Minnesota, Texas ...

Toledo may go smoke free in its hiring policy
Columbus CEO - July 1, 2014

Smokers need not apply. That could be a sign at Toledo government offices with Mayor D. Michael Collins signature if he moves forward with a plan to prohibit the hiring of tobacco and nicotine users.

E-cigarettes banned from water park
New Philadelphia Times Reporter - July 1, 2014

City officials have banned the use of electronic cigarettes at the Uhrichsville Water Park. Council recently authorized Mayor Terry Culbertson and City Services Director Joe Bolon to add the ban to the rules and regulations at the water park. The prohibition takes effect immediately. This is the second time this year that restrictions on smoking have been enacted in Tuscarawas County. In May, the New Philadelphia Park Board banned smoking at all city-owned parks, including Tuscora Park.

Morison says he's 'excited' to resume council service
ThisWeekNews - June 24, 2014

Jed Morison, superintendent/CEO of the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities, has been appointed to replace Anne Lewis, who resigned this month due to work and family commitments. . During his previous terms on council, Morison served in several leadership positions, including as president and chairman of the safety, finance and service committees. He said he is proud of having helped to pass one of the first citywide bans on texting while driving, as well as creating a bicycle helmet law for children, and a citywide indoor smoking ban.

OU on track to become tobacco-free in 2015
The Athens Messenger - June 21, 2014

Ohio University is on track to become a tobacco-free campus beginning in the 2015-16 academic year. According to a memo provided in the OU Board of Trustees June 27 meeting materials, OU Vice President for Student Affairs Ryan Lombardi states that the university embarked on a three-year goal to become a smoke and tobacco-free campus last summer. During the past academic year, OU put together an implementation team comprised of faculty, staff, students and community members to oversee the transition.

Columbus State to ban tobacco use on campus
Columbus Dispatch - June 21, 2014

Columbus State Community College plans to ban tobacco use across its campus next year, joining about 20 other Ohio colleges with similar prohibitions.

Ohio City Becomes First In State To Ban E-Cigarettes
Watchdog Wire - June 16, 2014

Smoking paternalism has reached a new level in Ohio, with Oberlin becoming the first city in the state to include electronic cigarettes in its ban on smoking in public areas after the city council there voted to change its smoking ordinance last week.

The Christie-and-Kasich Tax Show
Budget & Tax News - June 16, 2014

Theres an interesting phenomenon playing out in both New Jersey and Ohio: Two of the countrys most prominent conservative Republican governors have proposed new taxes of a sort that havent appealed even to traditionally liberal, tax-hungry state legislatures in states like Massachusetts and Washington.

Speaking of your health
Logan Daily News - June 14, 2014

The Hocking County Health Department is proud to announce that funding has been granted through the Ohio Department of Health, Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Program to implement the stand program in our schools once again!

Poll shows majority want smoke-free parks
Dayton Daily News - June 10, 2014

Local park districts are evaluating policies after results from a recent survey showed more than half of Montgomery County residents surveyed were interested in tobacco-free parks.

KY voters consider more than self-interests
Cincinnati.com - June 10, 2014

Ohio passed their smoking bans with only 58 percent of their voters. This indicates that there are factors other than their own personal interests that voters ...

Applicants line up early for Austintown racino jobs
WFMJ - June 9, 2014

Since the venue is smoke-free, potential employees must pass a test to show that they are nicotine free. They must also be 21 years of age or older and provide ...

E-cigs part of Oberlin's smoking ban
Columbus Dispatch - June 6, 2014

OBERLIN, Ohio — A northern Ohio town has joined the growing number of municipalities that are including electronic cigarettes in their public-smoking bans.

Get your fresh produce, grown right in the city; a look at e-cigarettes ...
The Plain Dealer - June 6, 2014

Well, young kids, older kids, and a lot of adults often aren't fans, but the fact is, vegetables are very good for you. Eating a good diet can even help you feel better...

Should smokers be shut out?
Cincinnati Business Courier – June 6, 2014

banned from smoking even off the job? Check out how reader voted in the chart below. Here are some of the comments we received: "Should employers tell you what to eat, drink, etc." - Michael J. Long "You …

Oberlin city council includes electronic cigarettes in public smoking ...
The Morning Journal - June 5, 2014

Smokers are banned from using electronic smoking devices, in addition to traditional ... smoking rooms are among those exempt from the ban, documents state.

Portion of Cuyahoga's sin tax could be tied to sports team performance
WKSU News - June 5, 2014

Oberlin is expanding its public smoking ban to include electronic cigarettes. The e-cigarettes are now banned in public. However, they can be used in private ...

Lyndhurst City Council considers banning sale of e-cigarettes to ...
The Plain Dealer - June 2, 2014

Lyndhurst City Council will discuss at its meeting tonight whether to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. ...

Governor OKs restricted use of medical marijuana
Columbus Dispatch - May 30, 2014

Some supporters objected to the law's limits on the number of conditions covered, its prohibition on use of the marijuana leaf and a ban on smoking cannabis.

Austintown racino job seekers must apply online
WFMJ - May 29, 2014

Since the venue is smoke-free, potential employees must pass a test to show that they are nicotine free. Officials expect more than one thousand people to show ...

Smoke-free campaign launched by Athens City-County Health ...
The Athens Messenger - May 29, 2014

The Smoke-Free Home Pledge Campaign is designed to educate the public about health risks to themselves and their children from secondhand and third-hand ...

CMHA ducks demolition talk in plan presentation
Cincinnati.com - May 28, 2014

The last of those latter involved diversifying housing stock, improving quality of life through nonsmoking, becoming an asset to communities and asking the ...

Should e-cigarettes be banned in public places in Ohio?
The Plain Dealer - May 21, 2014

... in places undermines current laws in place that ban tobacco smoking in public places. Should Cleveland or the entire state consider this ban or leave it alone?

Smoking law changes extinguished by Council
Gateway News - May 21, 2014

A proposal to strengthen the city's anti-smoking regulations, which would have banned lighting up at sports activities, failed to gain traction in City Council. Instead the city will continue to live under Ohio law, which bans smoking in workplaces and other enclosed public places.

Lakewood bans sales of electronic cigarettes to minors
The Plain Dealer - May 20, 2014

LAKEWOOD, Ohio City Council Monday night voted to ban the sales of electronic cigarettes to those under 18.

Time to increase Ohio's tobacco tax to save lives: Micah Berman ...
The Plain Dealer - May 16, 2014

It has now been almost seven years since Ohio's Smoke-Free Workplace Act went into effect, clearing the air in bars, restaurants, and other workplaces. The law ...

NEWS9 Special Assignment: E-Cig Safety
WTOV Steubenville - May 16, 2014

Georges said he has quite a few patients who are using e-cigs to try to quit altogether. He recommends using other, more traditional step-down approaches like ...

Council To Revisit Use Of Park
Lakewood Observer - May 14, 2014

In February the Ohio General Assembly adopted a law that regulates the use of alternative nicotine products, such as e-cigarettes. The law, which will take full ...

Lakewood considers regulating electronic cigarette sales to minors
Sun News - May 13, 2014

The city is considering legislation restricting the sales of electronic cigarettes to minors. A separate discussion will take place later as to whether the city should ban the indoor use of e-cigarettes in public places.

2014 Healthiest Employers finalist: Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati
Cincinnati Business Courier – May 9, 2014

...management and smoking cessation programs. The on-site wellness coach also works with the employee dining services manager to promote healthy meals within the casino. Seminars and booths are used by the wellness …

Reality Check: The fight to treat e-cigs like the real thing
WXIX - May 7, 2014

"These are really smart people that are marketing e-cigarettes and they're using some of the same sleazy tactics aimed at children that big tobacco uses," adds ...

Poll Shows Ohioans Favorable to Higher Tobacco Tax
NACS Online - May 2, 2014

Sixty-seven percent would approve taxing all tobacco products, including chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes, at the same rate as cigarettes. “It's an extremely ...

Students Caught Smoking E-Cigarettes in Class
WKEF ABC22 / FOX45 (Miamisburg, OH) - May 1, 2014

KETTERING -- Students are facing consequences after being caught smoking e-cigarettes in Fairmont High School classrooms. "That's a new problem because there's no odor," said Fairmont High School Principal Dan Vonhandorf, "It was a surprise. I mean thing...

Ohioans support even higher tobacco tax than Kasich wants, poll says
Columbus Dispatch - May 1, 2014

She said the key combination is an indoor smoking ban, higher taxes that discourage youths from purchasing cigarettes, and a well-funded education and ...

Havana's Choice Cigars and Lounge off to good start in Twinsburg
Twinsburg Bulletin – May 1, 2014

An intricate ventilation system -- or "smoke eater" -- was installed by Corsi and Raimondo for between $5,000 and $6,000, and it inhales 2,500 square feet of air ...

Pro sin-tax group charges in complaint that Issue 7 opponent lied in ...
The Plain Dealer – April 30, 2014

... is lying in a recent television advertisement that urges voters to oppose the tax, ... false claims about the proposed countywide tax on alcohol and tobacco sales. ... extending the tax on alcohol and cigarettes would go to the team owners. ... Raising cigarette prices decreases youth smoking rates, another reason sin tax is ...

Findlay may consider e-cigarette ban
1370 WSPD - April 30, 2014

The Findlay Health Department is hoping Findlay will be the first municipality in Ohio to ban e-cigarettes. The Findlay Courier reports that a City Council meeting ...

HUD director should be fired over smoking granny case
Cincinnati.com - April 29, 2014

This is using a population base that was subject to thousands of times more exposure to secondhand smoke than anyone today would be, due to reduced ...

More than 63 percent of Ohioans favor $1 per pack cigarette tax ...
The Plain Dealer - April 29, 2014

"It's important that we just don't raise a tax so we get people to quit," said Beverly May, regional director for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. "We want to be ...

Should minors have access to e-cigarettes? ($$)
Hamilton Journal News - April 28, 2014

They may look like cigarettes and contain nicotine, but so far electronic cigarettes have remained unregulated. But last week the FDA announced plans to expand its authority to include these devices that contain replaceable cartridges of liquid nicotine that come in tobacco and menthol flavors as well as many others including cherry, chocolate, vanilla and mango.

About 1300 respond to smoking survey
Dayton Daily News - April 24, 2014

Around 1,300 people participated in a survey to gauge public interest in amending Montgomery County park policies to include a tobacco free environment, ...

Will One of Detroit's Casinos Fold?
Deadline Detroit - April 24, 2014

It doesn't help that the smoke-free gaming casino in Toledo is taking away some of the customers in Southeast Michigan. The News also notes: Last year's ...

Hancock smoking ban opponents get organized
The Steubenville Herald-Star - April 22, 2014

"No matter what your walk of life, keep the things that connect us right here at ... by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights ...

Manley challenges Kunze in 24th House primary
ThisWeekNews - April 22, 2014

Battery-powered devices that simulate cigarette smoking, e-cigarettes were not regulated and could be purchased by those younger than 18 before the new law ...

Smoke Down goes bust
Youngstown Vindicator – April 21, 2014

... he couldn't have it in the park since he lacked the permit required by city ordinance. ... The date of the event as well as the appointed time for the planned smoking — 420 — was the California police code for marijuana smoking in progress.

Montgomery parks consider going smoke free
WDTN - April 21, 2014

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) Monday is the last day the public can weigh in on the idea of making Montgomery County Parks tobacco free.

Woman would rather move than quit smoking
W*USA 9 - April 21, 2014

Toombs her friends call her Billie is 89 years old, and she is still smoking. For a woman smoking since the Roosevelt administration, she is remarkably healthy. But now she has a problem. A little more than a year ago, her apartment building in Milford went smoke-free. She had one year to quit, but she just could not do it. Or maybe she never tried.

Facing eviction, 89-year-old smoker plans to move
WDTN - April 21, 2014

MILFORD, Ohio (AP) — An 89-year-old southwest Ohio woman is preparing to move out of her home of the last 10 years because it has gone ...

More of Ohio's GOP legislators face primary foes from right
Columbus Dispatch - April 20, 2014

... an electronic-cigarette bill that, although it was aimed at banning sales to minors, was opposed by anti-smoking groups that saw it as a way for tobacco ...

Local taverns, patrons flout smoking law
Toledo Blade - April 20, 2014

At Delaneys Lounge in West Toledo, the bar recently was full of patrons having a good time, including about five of them who were openly smoking despite Ohios law that prohibits lighting up in public places. Delaneys is just one of about 37 bars that the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department has cited repeatedly for allowing patrons to violate the law.

LGBT community welcomes Legends and Mojo, bids farewell to ...
Toledo Free Press - April 18, 2014

A sluggish economy and smoking bans have hurt the gay bar scene. The Internet, cellphones and all the other social media outlets today have also contributed ...

Survey targets smoking in local public parks
Springfield News Sun - April 17, 2014
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“I don't think it needs to be banned in an outdoor open-air place,” said ... at local parks where she lives and she wouldn't object to a ban in Montgomery County.

Push for Ban on E-Cigarette Public Vaping [VIDEO]
WRGT TV Fox 45 - April 16, 2014

MONTGOMERY COUNTY -- More people are turning to e-cigarettes. Many cities are pushing to ban vaping in parks, restaurants and in the workplace, but so far ...

This is the will of the people - University of Toledo bans tobacco use
Norwalk Reflector - April 15, 2014

Smoking is now off limits at the University of Toledo. The universitys board of trustees voted unanimously on Monday to ban all tobacco use on all UT campuses. The ban applies to tobacco, smokeless tobacco, snuff, and electronic cigarettes. The ban wont take immediate effect, President Lloyd Jacobs said, as it will take some time to develop how to implement the tobacco prohibition.

Here's where tobacco-free zones will be created in Greater Cincinnati
Cincinnati Business Courier - April 15, 2014

The nonprofit group Interact for Health has awarded more than $300,000 in grants to help fund the efforts of six Cincinnati-area organizations that hope to create tobacco-free zones that could prohibit not only smoking but also chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes. One of the largest grants, for $100,000, was awarded to the Northern Kentucky Health Department. It intends to develop and implement a comprehensive plan to advocate for a statewide ban on smoking in public places. One of its goals is to reduce secondhand smoke in Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton counties.

Ohio State sets boundaries on tobacco ban
OSU - The Lantern - April 14, 2014

Ohio State students, staff and faculty officially have boundaries for where they can get their tobacco fix. The universitys tobacco-free policy, which went into effect Jan. 1, was recently updated to include a map showing the boundaries of where exactly the tobacco-free policy applies.

UT bans smoking on main campus
Toledo Blade - April 14, 2014

The University off Toledo Board of Trustees today voted unanimously to ban all smoking on UT's main campus

In their own words: DCGA presidential, vice presidential debate
The Denisonian - April 10, 2014

She explained that she was originally in favor of the smoking ban, but after “having long conversations with [her] peers,” voted against it. Mehrish said “My first ...

$300K boosts anti-smoking push
Cincinnati.com - April 10, 2014

The grants announced Thursday will help the six groups prohibit both smoke ... Grant and Kenton counties through advocacy of a statewide ban on smoking in ...

SG debates support for marriage equality
Independent Collegian - April 10, 2014

One was the gun proposal, the other was the smoking ban,” McCullough said. “In both of those, the people that took the survey passed it. Both of those pieces of ...

Effort lauded
The Review - April 7, 2014

The Hancock County CIA Regulation, passed in 1999, was a good beginning to preventing secondhand smoke exposure. However, significant exemptions in the regulations mean that Hancock County citizens and workers are still being exposed to the deadly effects of second-hand smoke in local bars, hotels/motels guest rooms, conference or meeting rooms, private office work space and gaming and entertainment establishments.

Findlay reviews proposed ban on e-cigarettes in public
northwestohio.com - April 4, 2014

The Findlay Health Commissioner suggested to Findlay City Council to amend an ordinance that bans e-cigarettes in public places. City officials have raised ...

Fast-growing e-cigarette market adds 2 more new retailers
Dayton Daily News - April 3, 2014

Tobacco-free e-cigarettes are battery-operated devices that heat liquid nicotine and flavors into a vapor that the user inhales. The industry faces the possibility of ...

Streetsboro officials say stronger smoking laws unnecessary
Gateway News - April 2, 2014

Streetsboro -- Tightening regulations for smokers on city property would be taking government one step too far, according to several City Council members. "I just don't like regulating people into submission," Council member Bridget Pavlick said. "Why make another law if we don't have to? Why put one more restriction on people or businesses that we don't have to?" The first violation of any law under Ohio's Smoke Free Workplace Act calls for a warning letter to the city or the individual committing the infraction, while the ...

Buffalo Bob's goes smoke free
Cincinnati.com - March 31, 2014

A Boone County eatery will go smoke free April 1. Bob Luehrmann, owner of Buffalo Bobs Family Restaurant, at 9910 Berberich Drive, off the Mount Zion Road exit, said the switch has been on my mind for a couple of years now. Additionally, three of the restaurants bar tenders do not smoke, one of whom is pregnant. So just for her well-being, I thought this would be perfect timing, said Luehrmann, who lives in Burlignton.

A healthy win-win
The Review - March 30, 2014

Ohio Casino's are nonsmoking. Once the non-smoking no exceptions ban is enacted, the experts will take notice - the gambler will quit smoking before he quits gambling. A win-win situation for all health-wise.

LETTER: RODU: Tax smokeless tobacco, e-cigarettes at lower rates
Youngstown (OH) Vindicator - March 30, 2014

Gov. John Kasichs plan to increase taxes on all tobacco products is bad tax policy, built on an unscientific, unsuccessful anti-smoker strategy: Quit or die. Only one component of the governors plan makes sense increasing the cigarette excise tax.

Tahlequah bans e-cigs on city land
Muskogee Daily Phoenix - March 29, 2014

Tahlequah city council members passed a city ordinance at a recent meeting to ban the use of electronic cigarettes on city owned or operated property.

As e-cig use grows, so does talk of regulation
Muskogee Daily Phoenix - March 29, 2014

Electronic cigarettes are used as an alternative to tobacco, but some people want cities to regulate where the devices can be used. To ban these products will drive people back to smoking, said Sean Gore, chairman of the Oklahoma Vapor Advocacy League, or OVAL. Many cities are discussing ordinances to ban the use of e-cigs on city property as a safety measure for residents health. Some cities, including Tahlequah, have already passed such ordinances. Delbie Walker of the Muskogee County Health Department said that in August, the idea of banning e-cigs on city property was brought to the mayor of Muskogee Two main studies cited by Gore in his advocacy for e-cigs are the 2012 ClearStream-AIR study and Peering Through the Mist, conducted at Drexel University in 2013. E-cigs are the largest step forward in tobacco harm reduction in 50 years, Gore said. If tobacco sales go down, so does the amount of money into the trust by big tobacco companies, he said. ...

Toxic e-cig 'juice' can appeal to children
Columbus Dispatch - March 28, 2014

Vinh Nguyen gives his customers at Vapor Bombz every warning there is about electronic cigarettes and the liquid nicotine that fuels them. Show me ID.

Surgeon General brings tobacco ‘battle’ to campus
The News Record (University of Cincinnati) - March 27, 2014

Lushniak visited the University of Cincinnati Wednesday asking students and faculty to join the “battle” against tobacco. “We still have a battle against tobacco, even 50 years later,” Lushniak said. “We have 50 years of progress but it isn’t enough. We ...

Ohio aims to curb chronic diseases
Columbus Dispatch - March 27, 2014

That includes adopting smoke-free policies in public housing and on university campuses; promoting walking and bicycling to schools; increasing the number of ...

Ohio Gov. John R.Kasich signs several bills into law
The Harrison Press (subscription) - March 25, 2014

Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich recently signed the following pieces of legislation into law: Sub. HB 144 - includes alternative nicotine products within the restrictions that currently apply to the sale or distribution to, and possession or use by, minors of cigarettes and other tobacco products and to declare an emergency. ...

Toledo native's book chronicles legacy of city's 1st black mayor
Toledo Blade - March 24, 2014

...Mr. Ford also said Mr. Perry didn't give enough credit or blame to ire generated by an anti-smoking ordinance that Mr. Ford supported starting in 2003. ...

Photo of smoker sends wrong message
Cincinnati.com - March 21, 2014

Ohio revised code section 3794.01.... regarding the non smoking Law in Ohio specifies it is illegal to smoke in a confined area. To show a photo of someone ...

State cracks down on smoking ban violators
1370 WSPD - March 19, 2014

Some Ohio bars and restaurants looking to renew their liquor license have been denied because they owe the state money for smoking fines. In Lucas County alone there are $320,000 in unpaid smoking violations.

With higher taxes, how many smokers would quit?
Cincinnati.com - March 18, 2014

Raising the cigarette tax to help pay for an income tax cut, as Gov. John Kasich proposed last week, would cause some Ohioans to stop smoking. But just how many Ohioans would kick the habit if a pack of Marlboros were to go from around $6 to about $6.60 is debatable, public health researchers say.

Nicotine con job
Toledo Blade - March 14, 2014

They deliver nicotine but don't give off smoke, just a watery vapor that looks like ... by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; no need to restrict their sales then.

Organizations speak out
Toledo Blade - March 14, 2014

The cigarette tax would be extended to other products like cigars, electronic cigarettes, chewing tobacco, and pipe tobacco that are currently subject to lesser tax ...

Serving a bigger vision
Columbus Dispatch - March 13, 2014

A 60-cent hike in the cigarette tax, to $1.85 per pack, along with new taxes on other tobacco products and electronic cigarettes will raise useful revenue while ...

Jackie Kellett: Is there a good compromise for the smoking ban?
Independent Collegian - March 12, 2014

The smoking/tobacco ban has received a lot of coverage since its ... that when the health of the public is put at risk, there is a right to regulate that behavior. ... sale of drugs such as marijuana the simple solution is to simply enforce the law.

UT weighs smoking ban
Toledo Blade - March 12, 2014

The University of Toledo Board of Trustees may vote next month on a proposed smoking ban on UTs main campus.

Law banning 'e-cigarette' sales to children makes sense: Ohio Rep. Stephanie Kunze
The Plain Dealer - March 9, 2014

Technology also has noticeably expanded over the years. In recent years, we have seen a rise of electronic cigarettes, or more commonly known as e-cigarettes, battery-operated devices that create water vapor and simulate the act of smoking. As of last year, e-cigarettes accounted for only one-half of one percent of the $105 billion U.S. tobacco market, but their popularity is growing. Some analysts believe sales of electronic cigarettes will surpass traditional tobacco products within the next decade.

As 'vaping bars' thrive, jury remains out on e-cigarettes
Columbus Dispatch - March 9, 2014

The popularity of vaping bars appears to be growing in central Ohio along with calls for tighter governmental controls and concerns about possible health consequences

Law banning 'e-cigarette' sales to children is a "Trojan Horse:" Shelly Kiser, American Lung Associaton of Ohio
The Plain Dealer - March 9, 2014

Last month when I watched Leonardo DiCaprio and Julia Louis-Dreyfus puff away on e-cigarettes during the Golden Globes awards, I had a flash back to images from the 1940s when cigarettes were smoked everywhere and glamorous movie stars were used to promote them. As the mother of two teenagers, I was dismayed at the evidence that e-cigarette manufacturers are using the same tactics that were used decades ago to hook generations of kids on cigarettes.

Ohio Declares War on eCigarettes! Should They Be Banned?
1370 WSPD - March 5, 2014

Ohio Governor John Kasich yesterday signed the state's first bill opposing electronic cigarettes. The bill was designed to keep eCigs away from minors. Minors are now prohibited from obtaining, possessing, and using electronic cigarette products under the age of 18. Another controversial measure under the bill signed by Kasich is that eCigs are designated as "alternative nicotine products," rather than "tobacco-derived products." The Ohio State Medical Association is concerned this new category might exempt the products from taxation laws regulating tobacco.

Kasich Signs Bill Banning E-Cigarette Sales To Minors
WCBE 90.5 FM - March 4, 2014

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has signed a bill that aims to keep electronic cigarettes out of the hands of those under age 18.

Chew on this: Smoking policy now includes dip
Miami Student - March 4, 2014

This January, Miami University added several articles to its no-smoking policy, which has been in place since 2008. The additions to the policy include a ban on the use of e-cigarettes and chewing tobacco on Miami University grounds, additions some students believe are an encroachment on their rights.

State suing bars to collect smoking fines
The Star Beacon - March 3, 2014

DAYTON Doctor Doodles Lounge co-owner George Sexton said he quit smoking cigarettes after 20 years. But until lately he couldnt seem to get his customers to do the same, particularly inside his business, and that has landed him in trouble with the state. Failure to get his patrons to stop smoking in his bar and ignoring smoke-free workplace violations means Sexton faces more than $47,000 in fines, interest and collection costs. The Ohio Dept. of Health has sued George and Wanda Sexton in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court after other collection methods failed for multiple violations the past few years.

Morning Roundup: Wexner moves up billionaire list, CCAD students ...
Columbus Business First - March 3, 2014

E-cigarette firm expanding: With e-cigarettes growing in popularity, a Dayton-area company that makes nicotine vaporiser liquid is also setting up for a possible expansion, the Dayton Business Journal reports. NicQuid LLC is quadrupling its space, the paper said, and will dramatically grow its production lab. An executive told the paper they've "seen a massive growth in sales." In case you missed it, Grove City's Buckeye Vapors is doing pretty well these days too.
To ban or not to ban: The Toledo Blade, meanwhile, looks at what e-cigarettes mean for Ohio's indoor smoking ban and for companies that ban employees from smoking. Most employers that ban smoking are choosing to ban vaping as well, the paper said.

Policies on puffing ecigarettes at work or in public are cloudy
Toledo Blade - March 1, 2014

Just seven years since Ohios smoking ban went into effect, the thought of lighting up a cigarette at the office seems almost as foreign as the idea that drinking radioactive water once was thought to ease the pains of arthritis. But just as technology eventually trumped medical quackery, its now caught up with Americas smoking policies.

City prohibits sale of e-cigarettes to minors
ThisWeekNews - February 26, 2014

School trustees voted Tuesday night to ban e-cigarettes on Fort Worth school district property. The electronic vaporizing devices, also known as e-cigs, joined the list of prohibited conduct that includes weapons and abusive language. The policy revision bans electronic cigarettes or any electronic vaporizing devices of any kind from school district property. Superintendent Walter Dansby recommended the revision.

Many laud Kasich plan to aid smokers
Columbus Dispatch - February 26, 2014

The smoking rate climbed to nearly 1 in 4 Ohioans in recent years as funding for ... coupled with smoking restrictions in public places and periodic tax increases ...

UT tobacco ban gains traction
Independent Collegian - February 26, 2014

A campus-wide tobacco ban, which has generated strong but divided feelings and sparked a protest Monday in the Student Union, will soon go to the universitys board of trustees.

Robert Taylor: Let's meet in the middle with the smoking ban
Independent Collegian - February 25, 2014

There has been a great deal of debate about the tobacco ban on campus since it was proposed by Student Government this fall. Most recently, the Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) staged a protest in the Student Union on Feb. 24, denouncing the proposal. While I believe their argument is well-intentioned, it also seems somewhat misguided.

Helpful or harmful? 5 On Your Side Investigators put E-cigarettes to the test [VIDEO]
NewsNet5.com - February 25, 2014

Suddenly, e-cigarettes seem to be everywhere. But so far, there is little regulation at the local, state or federal levels and little research has been done on the devices. Ohio House Bill 144, which bans minors from buying e-cigarettes, passed both legislative houses. A spokesperson for Ohio Governor John Kasich said the governor plans to sign the measure into law.

Ohio governor's State of the State speech
Marietta Times - February 25, 2014

An addiction that hides in plain sight is tobacco. Ohio once was a national leader in smoking cessation efforts and we need to take up this cause once again. That's why today I'm announcing that we're dedicating new tobacco settlement funds to the fight against this addiction, a fight that will help drive down our medical costs and improve Ohioans' health.

Smoking ban at UT draws fire
Toledo Blade - February 25, 2014

A student group that says a proposed campuswide smoking ban at the University of Toledo would deny people their civil rights handed out fake cigarettes and ...

New 'vapor shop' to open March 1
Dayton Daily News - February 24, 2014

A new e-cigarette store called Vape Girls is scheduled to open on March 1 at 5430 Fishburg Road in Huber Heights, part of a surge of vapor shops opening or ...

Group protests UT smoking ban proposal
Toledo Blade - February 24, 2014

A student group opposed to a campus-wide smoking ban being considered by the University of Toledo Board of Trustees handed out fake cigarettes and asked students to sign petitions in the Student Union today to protest the ban. The group, which calls itself Young Americans for Liberty, plans to turn over the collected signatures to the universitys Student Government on Thursday, said Ron Johns, a member of Young Americans for Liberty. The goal is to make sure that students' voices are being heard, Mr. Johns said...

Upper Arlington council postpones vote on e-cigarette rules
Columbus Dispatch - February 21, 2014

Enlarge Image Dispatch File Photo E-cigarettes look similar to cigarettes, but when the user inhales, the device heats up nicotine-infused liquid inside, releasing ...

State officials want electronic cigarettes regulated
northwestohio.com - February 20, 2014

DeWine, and other state officials want all e-cigarette retailers in Ohio to have mandatory regulations. The Ohio State Legislature passed a bill that would prohibit ...

Exposing E-Cigarettes
WKRC - February 20, 2014

What is certain is that e-cigs are a new delivery system for nicotine, big business and compared to smoking everyday, less expensive. Exposing E-Cigarettes.

Ohio to ban sale of e-cigarettes to minors, but what about the money?
Watchdog.org - February 20, 2014

The Ohio Legislature has voted to ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, but how the products are classified ... They are not now included in Ohio's smoking ban.

Lawmakers OK ban on e-cigarette sales to kids
Sandusky Register - February 20, 2014

Ohio lawmakers have approved a bill that aims to keep electronic cigarettes out of the hands of those under age 18. The measure would prohibit minors from ...

E-cigs store to open on South Main
LimaOhio.com - February 20, 2014

Electronic cigarettes contain various levels of nicotine, from none at all to the highest level of 48 milligrams in one milliliter solution. Eggers said smokers start at ...

TONIGHT AT 11: Exposing E-Cigarettes
WKRC TV Cincinnati - February 20, 2014

Thursday, February 20, 2014, Paula Toti looks into the growing trend of e-cigarettes and how they're targeting your kids.TONIGHT AT 11: Exposing E-Cigarettes.

Council postpones e-cigarette legislation
ThisWeekNews - February 19, 2014

Upper Arlington City Council recently postponed consideration of a ban on the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors as a similar measure moves through the Ohio General Assembly. Poised to become the first community in the state to prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes to those under age 18, Upper Arlington officials decided, at least temporarily, to take a pause...

Ron Johns: Prepare to protest against the smoking ban
Independent Collegian - February 18, 2014

Last semester the Young Americans for Liberty and I stood up for smokers freedom. We had a great tabling session with awesome turnout. I personally believe it played a part in the narrow victory in Student Government. The legislation for the tobacco ban was defeated by one vote.

Vaping Bars Grow In Popularity In Central Ohio As Lawmakers Move to Restrict Sale of E-Cigarettes [VIDEO]
10TV - February 18, 2014

GROVE CITY, Ohio - A bill to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes and other "alternative nicotine products" to minors is on the Governor's desk, awaiting his signature. Last week, the State Senate passed a House bill that would fine violators $1,000....

Must be 18 to smoke e-cigarettes
Wooster Daily Record - February 15, 2014

The bill would define so-called e-cigarettes -- battery-powered devices that simulate smoking by producing a vapor that can be inhaled -- as alternative nicotine ...

OPINION: Nation should follow CVS
Cincinnati.com - February 15, 2014

This year, the U.S. surgeon general issued a report to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the initial landmark 1964 report linking tobacco smoke with lung...

E-Cig Ban For Minors Clears Legislature Despite Objections
WOSU Public Media - February 14, 2014

Electronic cigarettes are a fairly new item on the market – they look like cigarettes, but don't produce smoke or ash. But they're also sparking debate on how they ...

Ohio Senate Approves Ban On Selling E-Cigs To Minors
WCBE 90.5 FM - February 14, 2014

The Ohio Senate has approved a measure banning the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. Groups such as the Ohio State Medical Association have ...

Keep Ohio children away from e-cigarettes
Marietta Times - February 14, 2014

A bill working its way through the Ohio Legislature would ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors. An Ohio Senate committee approved the measure Tuesday ...

Northeast Ohio officials praise CVS for removing tobacco products ...
News-Herald.com - February 14, 2014

Pharmacy mogul CVS recently announced plans to cut all tobacco sales by Oct. 1, ... Axing cigarette sales is just one component of CVS's aim for promoting ... While CVS hopes cutting tobacco sales will impede smokers from obtaining cigarettes, ... While Becker understands those concerns, he looks at the ban on tobacco ...

NBC4 Investigates: Hazards Of E-Cigarettes
NBC4i.com-by Denise Yost - February 13, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Electronic cigarettes have become a wildly popular alternative to smoking, but an NBC4 investigation has uncovered a hidden hazard in ...

Bill to ban electronic cigarette sales to youth: How they voted
The Plain Dealer - February 13, 2014

In this Feb. 19, 2009 file photo, workers place partially assembled electronic cigarettes in a tray after testing their amber LED lights at the Ruyan factory in Tianjin ...

CVS puts its money where its cigarettes are
LimaOhio.com - February 13, 2014

CVS Caremark operates nearby pharmacies in Oberlin, Elyria, Lorain, North ... The company announced last week that it will end all cigarette sales at its 7,600 stores ... “The sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose – helping ...

Ban on sale of electronic cigarettes to minors passes Ohio Senate
Dayton Daily News - February 12, 2014

Research shows that high taxes and indoor smoking bans are the two most effective ... Ohio's voter-approved indoor smoking ban does not apply to e-cigarettes.

Proposed ban on e-cigarette sales to minors may be covered already
Medina County Gazette - February 12, 2014

The Ohio Senate is considering banning the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. But a local store owner said he doesnt know of anyone selling the devices to children. The worst thing you want to see is kids smoking, said Michaels Mini-Mart owner Mike Esber, who also serves as a Brunswick Hills Township trustee. Ive not heard of any stores selling these things to minors.

Ohio may be e-cigarette sales to minors
Hamilton Journal News (subscription) - February 12, 2014

The Ohio Senate may vote today on a measure to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. They have often been described as a less dangerous alternative to regular cigarettes. But there are few studies exploring exactly what chemicals are in them, ...

Dayton racino plans to hire this summer
Akron Beacon Journal - February 11, 2014

DAYTON: An official at the racino under construction in Dayton says most of the hiring will happen this summer but smokers need not apply. Gary DeWitt, general manager of the Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway, wouldnt say how many people will be hired or how many will be full-time at the new track being built on the site of an old automotive plant. But he did say they wont hire smokers. All Penn National Gaming establishments require employees to be non-smokers. The harness-racing track, which also will feature 1,000 slot machines, will be smoke-free.

Ohio bill would ban sales of e-cigarettes to kids
WRGT TV Fox 45 - February 11, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio Senate panel has approved a measure to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. The bill aims to keep the products ...

Sin Tax Extension Debate Fires Up Cuyahoga County
ideastream - February 10, 2014

In May, Cuyahoga County voters will decide whether to extend a long-standing tax on tobacco and alcohol to help maintain and modernize the city's publicly-owned pro sports facilities. The current so-called "sin tax" has been in place since 1990. Its raised about $350 million, almost all of which has been used to pay off the debt on Progressive Field and Quicken Loans Arena. The question of whether to extend it another 20 years through 2035 - made for a spirited discussion today on 90.3s call-in show The Sound of Ideas. ideastream's Brian Bull reports.

Officials Warn Parents of E-Cig Risks for Minors
fox8.com - February 10, 2014

And although the state of Ohio regulates the sale of traditional tobacco cigarettes to minors there is no such law regarding the sale of electronic cigarettes.

New bills in the Statehouse cover heroin, e-cigarettes and business ...
WKSU News - February 10, 2014

On Tuesday, a Senate committee is scheduled to hold a hearing for a bill that would ban minors from buying and/or using alternative nicotine products. The bills sponsor, Republican Representative Stephanie Kunze of Hilliard, says she created this bill in order to take new products like e-cigarettes out of the hands of minors.

Ohio State to continue asking dorm residents 'Do you smoke?'
The Lantern - February 9, 2014

Though Ohio State has gone tobacco-free, students planning to live on campus for the 2014-15 academic year will still be asked whether they smoke.

Time is right for Kroger to stop selling tobacco
Cincinnati Business Courier – February 7, 2014

...is in the health business. Many Kroger locations have pharmacies. There are more than a dozen Little Clinics in Cincinnati Kroger stores, and the Little Clinic website features advertisements for smoking cessation courses …

Locals applaud CVS health decision
Lancaster (OH) Eagle-Gazette - February 6, 2014

In one way, it might just lead people to buy their tobacco products elsewhere, he said. "But the CVS plan may also convince other people to not sell tobacco products, which could make them harder to find," Barwick said. "If someone is on the cusp of ...

Ohio State's ban of e-cigarettes sparks disagreement
OSU - The Lantern – February 5, 2014

...Risko said he bought an e-cigarette to quit smoking cigarettes. ... campus smoking bans, and the University of Minnesota has a smoking ban set to take effect July 1. ... and the university is currently determining if e-cigarettes should be banned ...

E-cigarette bill draws flak, but vote in Ohio Senate is near
Columbus Dispatch - February 5, 2014

An electronic-cigarette bill that has drawn concern from anti-smoking groups, doctors and an Ohio State University professor is likely to see a Senate committee vote next week.

Ohio State not alone: Other Big Ten schools ban smoking
OSU - The Lantern - February 5, 2014

More than half of the Big Ten schools are saying no to tobacco. When Ohio State implemented an enforced campus-wide tobacco ban Jan. 1, the university joined six other Big Ten schools that have implemented or plan to implement university-wide smoking bans in some manner.

Restrictions, studies of devices vary
ThisWeekNews - February 4, 2014

It can sometimes be seen in restaurants, taverns and other public places: the flash of a vivid blue light, a swift puff and an exhalation, the vapor dissipating into thin air. Or so it seems. In modern parlance, its called vaping. The use of e-cigarettes is a growing and some say, disturbing trend that could set the stage for the next big public-health battle nationwide. Its an industry thats largely unregulated, giving teens virtually unlimited access to nicotine products, some public-health advocates argue. Unlike traditional cigarettes and similar tobacco products, e-cigarettes, or smokeless cigarettes, are not banned by Ohio law in public and private places, leaving it up to businesses and governmental agencies to set their own policies. Anita Keller, owner of Hungry Soul Cafe in downtown Columbus, is an e-cigarette user in her own restaurant and doesnt discourage patrons from doing the same. So far, she sees it as a non-issue.

No enforcement, no respect
The Cauldron (subscription) - February 4, 2014

Ever since Cleveland State University enacted an on-campus smoking ban in the fall 2013 semester, there has been notice of new changes that include green "No Smoking" signs posted around campus. I've noticed they appear to be disregarded in most situations. As a non-smoker, I witness students and faculty walking on campus lighting up cigarettes as they walk past the signs themselves.

App to report litter, smokers at Ohio State
OSU - The Lantern - February 2, 2014

A smartphone app allows users to report litter and smokers on Ohio States campus, but some staff and students said the app could take a while to help make the area cleaner. OSU began an enforced campus-wide tobacco ban Jan. 1 on all tobacco products including cigarettes, tobacco chew, snuff and e-cigarettes.

Northeast Ohio e-cigarette conversation hazy
News-Herald.com-by Devon Turchan - January 30, 2014

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 19: Catharine Candelario, an employee at the newly opened Henley Vaporium, vapes, or smokes an electronic cigarette, ...

Tobacco ban not affecting Ohio State applicants' interest
The Ohio State Lantern - January 30, 2014

For some high school students who have submitted their applications to OSU this year, the ban has been a topic of conversation. Tori Geiger, a senior from Wayne High School in Dayton who does not smoke, said she supports the new ban....

Lorain County business owners say e-cigarettes are booming
The Morning Journal - January 30, 2014

E-cigarettes are battery-operated devices that when inhaled, heat up nicotine-infused flavor (referred to as e-liquid) and releasing a vapor when exhaled.

Cleveland Pushes Sin Taxes for Downtown Stadiums
Bond Buyer - January 29, 2014

The cigarette and alcohol tax revenue would help keep professional sports teams in Cleveland and promote economic development in the city, supporters say.

Upper Arlington might halt sales of e-cigarettes to minors
Columbus (OH) Dispatch - January 30, 2014

A ban on the sale of e-cigarettes to minors could go into effect in Upper Arlington as soon as Feb. 10 if the city council approves legislation presented by the city attorney’s office. If it becomes law, the restrictions on the purchase and possession...

City may ban sale of e-cigarettes to minors
ThisWeekNews - January 29, 2014

Upper Arlington City Council is considering a local ban on the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors, a move that has not been taken by the state or federal governments. Upper Arlington City Council heard a first reading of the ordinance Monday, Jan. 27. It could be approved as soon as Feb. 10.

Doctors warn of "unintended ramifications" of e-cig bill
Columbus Dispatch (blog) - January 28, 2014

The Ohio State Medical Association is joining anti-smoking groups in urging caution regarding a tobacco-industry crafted bill targeting electronic cigarettes. The Medical Association, like groups including the American Cancer Society of Ohio and the Lung Association, said it supports House Bill 144s primary thrust, which is to keep those under age 18 from purchasing the popular nicotine products. But the Cancer Society and others have argued that from the tobacco industrys perspective, the true goal of the bill is to carve e-cigarettes out of the current section of law that defines tobacco derived products, thus ensuring they are not taxed like traditional cigarettes. The bill was drafted by Lorillard, the nations third largest cigarette manufacturer that purchased e-cigarette company Blu in April 2012. It was introduced by Rep. Stephanie Kunze, R-Hilliard, and it passed the House 66-25 in November after some Democrats also raised concerns

Streetsboro council weighs smoking ban
Ravenna Record Courier - January 26, 2014

Streetsboro City Council is considering the possibility of prohibiting smoking on city properties. Councilman John Ruediger brought the issue to City Council's agenda recently. The city's current smoking law includes signs that require smokers to stand at least 25 feet away from city buildings and youth activities, Ruediger said. Even if smokers are able to light up 25 feet away from buildings, Councilman Tim Claypoole said people usually have to walk near enough to smokers to get a whiff of second-hand smoke

Tobacco Ban Likely: University Council approves campus tobacco ban
Independent Collegian - January 22, 2014

“The executive committee of the University Council put the smoking ban discussion on the agenda,” said UTMC Chancellor Jeffrey Gold, a member of the council ...

Possible smoking ban on city property
Gateway News - January 22, 2014

Streetsboro -- City Council raised the possibility of prohibiting smoking on city ... agenda that night and opened discussion regarding a smoking ban on city property. ... ranging from complete bans to partial bans with designated smoking areas.

Renewal of Cuyahoga County's 'sin tax' to pay for stadiums is ...
Plain Dealer - January 14, 2014

...The proposal would renew the county's tax on cigarettes at 4.5 cents a pack, 16 cents per gallon on beer, 32 cents per gallon on wine and mixed beverages, ...

No butts: Ohio State budgeted $100K on tobacco ban signs
Ohio State Lantern - January 12, 2014

Ohio State has spent roughly half its $100,000 signage budget to make sure when visitors come to campus, they remember to put out their cigarettes. OSU’s tobacco ban went into effect Jan. 1, and $43,000 has already been spent for signs and banners promot

Ohio Statehouse can help snuff out disturbing trend 50 years after Surgeon General's landmark smoking report: Toby Cosgrove and Michael F. Roizen
Cleveland Plain Dealer - January 11, 2014

...But Ohio has now sullied itself by being one of the few states -- if not the only state -- with increased tobacco use since 2009. Why?... We need leadership in Columbus; we in the United States, and in Ohio especially, can’t afford for additional ...

Ohio State smoking ban goes too far
Columbus Dispatch - January 7, 2014

Now that Ohio State University is all smoke-free, I'd like to know who came up with this ... However, I think that this is taking the smoking ban a little too far.

Don't smoke 'em if you got 'em
Sandusky Register - January 6, 2014

Smokers must now gather in one of three designated areas to take a puff at BGSU Firelands, all located in outlying campus parking lots. The areas include cigarette receptacles, road paint and signage indicating they are an approved smoking location.

Ohio State smoking ban kicks off with light touch
WFMJ - January 5, 2014

Ohio State University goes tobacco-free starting Monday. Students will return from winter break with a new set of rules in place on one of the nation's most populated college campuses. The Columbus Dispatch reports that the new policy forbidding any tobacco use on university property will be enforced through friendly reminders from passers-by, not strict penalties for violators. Teams of student and faculty volunteers have been assembled to roam the campus in two- and four-hour shifts seeking out smokers and asking them to stop.

Buckeyes are tobacco-free
Delphos Herald - January 2, 2014

LIMA Ohio State has adopted a tobacco-free policy that supports a healthy environment for all members of the Buckeye Nation. Effective Wedbesday, the use of all types of tobacco products is now prohibited in all university buildings and on all university-owned properties, including parking lots, garages and all outside areas. (The full policy can be found at www.tobaccofree.osu.edu.)

Ohio State University Bans Smoking
WRGT TV Fox 45 - January 1, 2014

Beginning this New Year.... you can now breathe easier... at Ohio State University. Signs are up on campus warning you of the ban on smoking. The University is going totally smoke free. The ban at university-owned property includes parking lots and garages, and even includes non-tobacco products like e-cigarettes.

Public housing complexes go smoke-free
Sandusky Register - December 31, 2013

The Blade reported the tobacco-free policy adopted by the Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authoritys board of directors in June follows a recommendation from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

OSU-Lima, Rhodes campus goes smoke free
Lima Ohio - December 31, 2013

Starting Wednesday, Ohio State University-Lima and Rhodes State College are prohibiting all tobacco products at their campus.

BGSU designates limited smoking areas
northwestohio.com - December 30, 2013

Think twice before lighting up a cigarette on the Bowling Green State University campus. The university is limiting smoking areas on its main campus and Firelands satellite starting January 1, 2014.

Faculty calls for no tobacco on campus
Independent Collegian - December 4, 2013

Faculty Senate passed a resolution Tuesday calling for a university-wide ban on ... should be banned on University of Toledo campuses, Faculty Senate said Tuesday. ... in becoming tobacco-free, which includes the banning of smokeless tobacco, ... “What we're talking about here is secondhand smoke exposure,” she said.

House passes bill prohibiting minors from buying E-Cigarettes
Perry daily.com - November 14, 2013

... House has passed House Bill 144, legislation that prohibits children from buying or accepting alternative nicotine products, most notably electronic cigarettes.

E-cigarette bill passes House despite criticism
Columbus Dispatch - November 14, 2013

The House moved yesterday to keep the growing e-cigarette industry away from Ohio youths, but the bill continues to draw fire from those who say the hidden purpose is to shield the products from state cigarette taxes.

Oberlin College considers move to tobacco-free campus
Chronicle-Telegram - November 8, 2013

Oberlin College is considering a move to a tobacco-free campus, but the proposal is still in the early stages, according to Lori Morgan Flood.

E-cigs sold to kids
wflx - November 6, 2013

More and more people in the Tri-State are trying electronic cigarettes including children. In September, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine joined 39 other state attorneys general to urge the Food and Drug Administration to regulate the e-cigarette industry the same way it regulates the tobacco industry and restrict use by minors.

Smoking legislation snuffed out by SG
Independent Collegian - November 6, 2013

“If the majority of students say they want to ban smoking then we'll probably ban smoking. ... Currently, smoking is banned on UT's medical campus. ... the number of campus smoking bans has increased nationally by more than 2,000 percent ...

Peer pressure enough of a smoking ban enforcement for some Ohio ...
OSU - The Lantern - November 3, 2013

Though there will be no police enforcement of the Ohio State campus tobacco ban, some officials and students, including OSUs interim president, believe peer pressure will be enough to make people kick the habit.

Smoking ban favored by 60%
Independent Collegian - October 30, 2013

After two weeks of exposure, the results of an online survey came back with a majority of voters asking to ban smoking across the University of Toledo's main ...

UT needs a smoking ban
Independent Collegian - October 30, 2013

Many college students are very hostile when it comes to banning smoking. ... The Young Americans for Liberty student organization believe smoking ban is ...

Columbus library board bans e-cigarettes
Columbus Dispatch - October 25, 2013

Columbus Metropolitan Library is the latest to ban electronic cigarettes, joining universities, airlines, buses and some public buildings. The library board voted 6-0 yesterday to ban the devices from its 21 branch buildings and bookmobiles.

Student group protests proposed smoking ban
Independent Collegian - October 17, 2013

In an organized protest against the proposed campus-wide smoking ban, the ... the organization does not believe smoking should be banned on UT's campus.

Ohio lawmaker wants to ban smoking in cars when children are ...
The-News-Leader - October 17, 2013

SB 130, which had its initial committee hearing Oct. 15, would block smokers from inhaling, exhaling, burning or carrying “any lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe or ...

Ohio grocers are fighting proposed ban on menthol cigarettes, which ...
Plain Dealer - October 17, 2013

WASHINGTON -- Top Ohio grocers want to keep selling menthol cigarettes, putting ... said Matthew Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. ... cigarettes and deprive the state of an estimated $406 million in cigarette revenues.

Bill targets smoking in vehicle with young kids
Columbus Dispatch - October 16, 2013

Worried about the effects of secondhand smoke on children, state Sen. Charleta Tavares is pushing a bill for the second time in two years that would ban smoking in a car with a young child.

Editorial: No to the smoking ban
Independent Collegian (University of Toledo) - October 16, 2013

...The smart thing to do here would be to enforce the smoking restrictions already in place, and make those areas more comfortable. UT could have police or parking enforcement or possibly even create a mini-smoking task force to encourage smokers to stay ...

SG to survey students about campus smoking ban
Independent Collegian - October 9, 2013

A Student Government-sponsored online survey, starting Oct. 14 and ending Oct. 28, is attempting to gather student response regarding a proposed university wide smoking ban. Available through students myUT portals, the survey asks students to consider extending the Health Science Campus' smoking prohibition over to UT's main campus and Scott Park campus.

Electronic cigarettes won't be prohibited
BG News - October 2, 2013

Electronic cigarettes won't be prohibited ... The cigarettes that are available in the unique flavors are actually electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes.

Editorial: Ohio State tobacco ban won't be taken seriously without strict enforcement
OSU - The Lantern - October 2, 2013

If a campus-wide ban is created but not enforced, did it happen at all? Technically, when the ban is expected to be enforced in January 2014, rule-breakers won't be held to strict and immediate repercussions for smoking between ...

Ohio city bans all tobacco on public property
UPI.com - October 1, 2013

A Cleveland suburb has banned smoking on all public property, including inside cars in municipal parking lots, officials said. Strongsville, Ohio, a city outside Cleveland with a population of 44,000, has banned smoking on all city property, WOIO-TV, Cleveland, reported Monday. Signs were being placed on city buildings and in public parks.

Kent State committee recommends campus-wide tobacco bans (with ...
Ravenna Record Courier - September 27, 2013

Kent State committee recommends campus-wide tobacco bans (with poll) ... Devon Workman and Eliott Golod think a campus-wide smoking ban at Kent State ...

E-cigarette debate heats up in Ohio
Chillicothe Gazette - September 26, 2013

WASHINGTON — The executive director of a national anti-tobacco campaign doesn't want to see children seduced by the modern day tobacco marketing ...

Controversial e-cigarette bill moves forward
Columbus (OH) Dispatch - September 25, 2013

A House committee today passed a bill banning the sale of e-cigarettes in Ohio to those under 18, despite objections from anti-smoking groups and Democrats who argue the bill is crafted to ensure the products are not taxed like regular cigarettes.

Smoking Ban Recommended for Kent State Campuses
Patch.com - September 23, 2013

Smokers and other tobacco users at Kent State University could be forced to quitat least while on campuswithin a few years if the college follows through with a recommendation to ban cigarettes and other such products. The university's Tobacco Free Campus Advisory Committee, which formed in fall 2012, issued its report to the president's cabinet this month after spending ...

Ohio State University Police will not enforce smoking ban
OSU - The Lantern - September 22, 2013

Ohio State University Police will not enforce smoking ban. September ... tobacco ban. Ohio State banned tobacco use on the Medical Center premises in 2006.

All Strongsville Property Including Parks to be Tobacco-Free ...
Patch.com - September 11, 2013

The city is outlawing tobacco on all Strongsville-owned property, including parks and buildings and even in your car in a city parking lot.

We're so used to government nonsense, we don't notice it
Athens NEWS - September 11, 2013

The headline was "Electronic Cigarettes Await New Legislative Ruling in Ohio House," and the story began: "Electronic cigarettes, commonly referred to as ...

Activate Allen County wants more smoke-free city spaces
Lima Ohio - September 9, 2013

Nearly 90 percent of lung cancer deaths are attributed to smoking and 30 percent ... Secondhand smoke contributes to asthma attacks, increased dementia, lung ...

Shaker Heights municipal buildings now tobacco free
Sun Star Courier - September 9, 2013

SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio In an effort to provide a clean, healthy and safe environment at and around city buildings, the properties are now tobacco-free zones.

University smoking ban pointless
BG News - September 3, 2013

This email is in reply to the column entitled, Smoking ban will infringe on students' rights, which appeared in the Aug. 30, 2013 edition of The BG News.

Smoking ban will infringe on students' rights
BG News - August 30, 2013

Beginning next year, Bowling Green State University will attempt to accomplish a very difficult task: tell 35 percent of the student body that they can no longer freely smoke on campus.

University campus smoking bans: Editorial cartoon
Plain Dealer - August 27, 2013

University campus smoking bans: Editorial cartoon ... I've been wondering what university boards have been smoking when they sign-off on compensation ...

CSU tobacco ban ignites debate: News Comments of the Day
Plain Dealer - August 26, 2013

When I went to CSU many years ago we could smoke almost everywhere. ... Property owners have a right to impose restrictions regardless if it is a campus or a ...

Cleveland State University is tobacco-free as smokers light up off campus
Plain Dealer - August 26, 2013

CLEVELAND, Ohio - A warm sun and light breeze welcomed smokers who had to leave Cleveland State University's tobacco-free campus to have a cigarette.

Cleveland State adopts the strictest college tobacco ban to date
WKSU News - August 26, 2013

All state universities have banned smoking in campus buildings, but most still allow ... Cleveland State spokesman Joe Mosbrook says the Cleveland State ban, ...

Cleveland State University campus-wide tobacco ban is now in ...
Plain Dealer (blog) - August 26, 2013

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Anyone who lights up a cigarette outside a building at Cleveland State University today will be told politely and firmly to snuff out their butt because the entire campus is tobacco-free. Nearly 1,200 colleges nationwide have gone tobacco or smoke-free as concerns are raised about the detrimental effects of tobacco on the health of employees and students, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation.

University passes smoking ban
BG News - August 26, 2013

The Clean Air Policy will go into effect Jan. 1 and states that students, faculty, staff and University visitors can only smoke in designated areas in parking lots or in ...

New policy pushes UD towards smoke-free campus
Flyer News - August 22, 2013

The survey revealed two-thirds of students and staff polled supported a smoke-free campus. When we asked about designated smoking areas, the idea ...

OU poised to ban tobacco throughout campus
Athens NEWS - August 19, 2013

Smokers on the Ohio University campus in Athens are being put on notice: Your days of stepping out of dormitories or other campus buildings for a cigarette are numbered at least if you want to do it legally. OU is going tobacco-free, Vice President for Student Affairs Ryan Lombardi confirmed on Friday, revealing that he will present a plan for such to the OU Board of Trustees next Thursday.

Ohio State Set To Go Tobacco-Free January 1st
WOSU Public Media - August 13, 2013

It's been a little more than a year since the Ohio Board of Regents asked the state's public colleges and universities to ban all tobacco use on campuses. Some ...

Live Remote: Rally for Wellness- Tobacco Free Campus
WOSU Public Media - August 13, 2013

Were broadcasting today from OSUs Rally for Wellness! Ohio States campus-wide tobacco ban will take effect when classes begin in a week. The university is one of almost 1,200 around the country that have outlawed tobacco products on school grounds, although OSU plans to wait until January to begin penalizing violators. This hour well talk to the OSU bans originators, and to people who arent sure it will make for a healthier campus.

City school board begins early discussion on smoke-free zone
Lima Ohio - August 8, 2013

LIMA The Lima School Board held a meeting Thursday night and began preliminary discussions on extending rules to enforce a smoke-free environment on ...

Cautious attitude the best policy regarding e-cigarettes
Marietta Times - August 8, 2013

Across the Mid-Ohio Valley, restaurant and bar policies on electronic cigarettes vary widely. Some business owners have policies that don't allow e-cigarettes, some do allow them and others don't have an actual policy and may have never had a customer ask. But until the full health effects of e-cigarettes have been studied and determined, we think using them in public places should be limited, just as smoking traditional cigarettes is.

Ohio State's tobacco ban begins with fall classes
Canton Repository - August 8, 2013

An Ohio State University spokesman says the all-campus tobacco ban will begin when classes resume later this month but officials want to give it time to sink in.

OSU to remind studentsof campus smoking ban
Toledo Blade - August 8, 2013

COLUMBUS Ohio State plans to kick off its all-campus tobacco ban when ... the school to have a policy banning smoking and the use of all tobacco by Aug. 1.

Ohio State delays enforced ban on tobacco until 2014
OSU - The Lantern - August 6, 2013

Former Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee said the university would implement a new tobacco-free policy by Aug. 1, but according to OSU Media Relations, enforcement of the implemented ban is being delayed until 2014. Were unveiling the initiative this semester and the actual policy well unveil in January 2014, said OSU spokesman Gary Lewis Tuesday.

Public smoking is banned, but how about an e-puff?
Canton Repository - August 4, 2013

Ohio's 2006 smoking ban covers only products that burn tobacco, so the decision ... banned electronic cigarettes because they look so much like real cigarettes.

New policy pushes UD toward smoke-free campus
Flyer News - July 31, 2013

The University of Dayton will be implementing a new smoking policy on campus due to feedback from students and faculty, according to a school official.

Make the effort to go smoke free
Lima Ohio - July 29, 2013

We all know by now that living with a smoker can be seriously bad for your health. But living next door to a smoker can be equally dangerous. If you live in multi-unit housing that means apartment complexes, duplexes or any other place that more than one family resides theres a good chance you are being exposed to second-hand smoke, even if you cant see it. Activate Allen County is currently working with tenants and owners of multi-unit housing complexes to make the transition to a smoke-free environment.

Commissioners adopt tobacco-free policy for county owned properties
Morrow County Sentinel - July 24, 2013

Morrow County Commissioners have adopted a smoke-free, tobacco-free campus policy which prohibits smoking (including electronic cigarettes) or smokeless ...

E-cig bill called a 'Trojan horse'
Columbus Dispatch - July 22, 2013

On the surface, the bill looks simple enough prohibit those under age 18 from purchasing alternative nicotine products such as electronic cigarettes. Anti-smoking advocates say that below the surface of House Bill 144 is a tobacco-industry-crafted Trojan horse designed to ensure that the emerging electronic-cigarette market and other alternative nicotine products remain taxed at a lower rate than traditional cigarettes and stay outside the states indoor smoking ban.

City's tobacco-free rule takes effect July 17
ThisWeek Community News - Marysville News - July 15, 2013

City-owned property in Marysville will go tobacco-free July 17, thanks to an ordinance unanimously approved by Marysville City Council in June.

MU smoking ban expanded into vehicles
MAC Report Online - June 27, 2013

Miami University first adopted a smoke-free policy applying to campus environs back in 2008. The smoking ban applied to all buildings owned or controlled by ...

Miami University Raises Tuition, Goes Tobacco-Free
10TV - June 23, 2013

Miami University Raises Tuition, Goes Tobacco-Free ... The university says trustees also strengthened its smoke-free policy to create a tobacco-free policy taking ...

BGSU approves smoking ban on campus
northwestohio.com - June 22, 2013

BOWLING GREEN -- The clock is ticking for Bowling Green State University students who enjoy smoking on campus. On Friday, the universities board of trustees ...

Miami bans smoking in cars on campus; raises tuition
Dayton Daily News - June 21, 2013

Miami University's board of trustees Friday approved tuition increases and an expansion of the campus smoking ban. Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, smoking will not ...

Board designates CNE smoke-free
Cincinnati.com - May 23, 2013

STONELICK TWP. Clermont Northeastern schools are now smoke-free environments.
School officials voted 3-2 at their regular meeting May 20 to implement a completely smoke-free policy.

Debate on Electronic Cigarette Still Continues in Ohio Reports ...
SBWire (press release) - May 6, 2013

This act covers only tobacco cigarettes not electronic cigarettes as electronic cigarettes do not burn just like tobacco. But few days before, a debate has ranged ...

Ohio Casino E-cigarettes Debate Rages On
Online Poker.net - May 1, 2013

Ohio Casino E-cigarettes Debate Rages On Ohio approved its smoke-free act in 2006 but unlike normal cigarettes, e-cigarettes do not burn a tobacco product ...

Electronic cigarette debate continues among Ohio casino customers
NewsNet5.com - May 1, 2013

CLEVELAND - The tally of Ohio gambling venues slipped four to two in favor of electronic cigarettes when Scioto Downs Racino in Columbus shifted its ...

Scioto Downs Lifts Ban On Electronic Cigarettes
10TV - May 1, 2013

The Scioto Downs Racetrack & Casino has lifted its ban on electronic cigarettes at its south side facilities. Advertising manager Ashley Redmon told 10TV News ...

Scioto Downs OK with use of e-cigarettes
Columbus Dispatch - April 30, 2013

The ban on electronic cigarettes at Scioto Downs Racetrack & Casino has gone up in smoke, and the devices are permitted, casino officials say. That means four ...

Ohio casinos divided on use of electronic cigarettes
WKYC-TV - April 28, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Patrons wanting to use electronic cigarettes at Ohio's casinos where smoking tobacco is prohibited are out of luck at three casinos in the state, although others are allowing them. The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/14Y5Nva) reports that Hollywood Casino Columbus, Scioto Downs Casino & Racetrack, and Hollywood Casino Toledo have banned the cylindrical devices that often look like a cigarette. Inhaling on the devices turns on a pressure-activated switch, heating up nicotine-infused liquid inside and creating and releasing a vapor that is inhaled and then exhaled.

E-cigarette users out of luck in Ohio's casinos
Columbus Dispatch - April 27, 2013

It's a habit, to go to the casino and smoke. It's a social thing. Knowing that smoking is illegal in Ohio's casinos, Weber hoped to use an electronic cigarette, ...

Smoking ban, crime drop and online building permits: Strongsville ...
Plain Dealer-March 20, 2013

The city already has a ban in place at all of its buildings, but Perciak said he would make it a priority to extend the smoke-free zone to city parks and property.

Let It Out
Indianapolis Star - March 18, 2013

… My next casino trip takes me past Shelbyville and on to Cincinnati. Why? It's smoke-free! Why is it the drop boxes at post offices now have slots that ...

Tobacco-free push could be beginning of restriction flood
OSU - The Lantern - March 17, 2013

President E. Gordon Gee set a goal to have a Tobacco-free policy in place on OSU's campus by Aug. 1. In a move worthy of a crafty politician, Ohio State ...

BGSU May Implement Smoking Ban
1330 WFIN - March 14, 2013

Smoking on the campus at Bowling Green State University could soon be a thing of the past. 13ABC reports the University is considering a campus-wide smoking ban. So far, seven colleges in Ohio are smoke free including the University of Toledo. Officials on campus are trying to figure out how to enforce the ban and new policy if put into place and also how to include area's for smokers. The policy could become reality this fall.

Ohio State aims to become tobacco-free in 2013
OSU - The Lantern - March 8, 2013

OSU aims to become a tobacco-free campus by August according to a email from OSU President E. Gordon Gee sent to students, faculty and staff on March 8.

OSU Prez Gee Wants Smoke-Free Campus
Fox 28 - March 8, 2013

OSU Prez Gee Wants Smoke-Free Campus ... resolution to the Board of Trustees in April to request authority to revise the university's current smoke free policy." ...

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.

Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati draws 10K for grand opening
kypost.com-March 5, 2013

Officials said more than 10,000 people attended the much anticipated opening of Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati, bringing to four the number of casinos in Ohio.

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 we’re taking a look at," Kline said. "We had a chance to see our existing capacity and how that met the needs of smokers and we’ll go through those refinements."

Casino FAQ
Cincinnati.com – March 4, 2013

Q: Is smoking allowed?
A: Smoking is prohibited throughout the casino complex except on four designated outdoor smoking terraces. Ohio law bans indoor smoking. …

Cleveland State University is not blowing smoke as it evicts Cousin's Cigar Store
Plain Dealer - March 4, 2013

After more than 60 years downtown and more than four decades in its current Euclid Avenue location, a piece of old-school Cleveland history is set to disappear like a puff of smoke. … Cleveland State University took control of the building that houses Cousin's, across Euclid Avenue from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. It plans to move administrative offices of the Northeast Ohio Medical University there, as well as a health clinic. And it establishing a campus-wide no tobacco policy. [sic] …

Smoking Forum Draws Few at Kent State
Patch.org - Feb 27, 2013

Tobacco-free campus committee asking public for input; series of public meetings planned at all 8 campuses ...

Kent State Smoking Ban Topic of Public Meetings
Kent (OH) Patch.com - February 26, 2013

Kent State University administrators will hold the first of several public meetings today to talk about the idea of banning smoking completely on all eight campuses. …

Town Hall Meetings Set to Discuss Tobacco-Free University
Kent State University - Feb 15, 2013

Kent State faculty, staff and students can have their say on the university becoming a tobacco-free campus. Town hall meetings are scheduled to hold on Kent and Regional campuses ...

Ashtabula County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center to become ...
The Star Beacon - February 7, 2013

KINGSVILLE TOWNSHIP ­ Residents of the Ashtabula County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center learned Wednesday that their home will become a no-smoking residence come July 1. … “It's my goal (for the nursing home) to be smoke free,” she said. Employees who ... But he said the trend in the industry is to make nursing homes smoke free. …

Ohio apartment landlords look to go smoke-free
Aurora Advocate - February 4, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Two major apartment landlords in central Ohio are implementing smoke-free policies this year as the share of the population that lights ...

Internet cafes doing harm
Columbus Dispatch - February 4, 2013

As soon as someone developed the software technology for computers to mimic casino games, somebody else figured out that ... The hit has come from many directions, including casinos, racetracks and the statewide indoor-smoking ban that ...

SG Resumes Contentious Smoking Ban Debate
The News Record - January 16, 2013

The University of Cincinnati Undergraduate Student Government passed a bill to reform the university’s smoking policy Wednesday. The Student Rights and Interest committee plans to survey students to better understand the student body’s opinion on the smoking policy. “The best thing we can do is to try to find a solution that will appease all students,” said Rudy Sunders, DAAP tribunal senator. Northern Kentucky University recently became a tobacco-free campus Jan. 9. With other universities in the area discussing reformation to its policies, SG wants to keep UC ahead of the curve. …

Smoking Ban Complaints Decline
WHIZ-January 15, 2013

Officials said the number of complaints involving smoking in bars and restaurants has steadily declined. When the ban took effect in 2007 the Muskingum County ...

Local bar violated smoking ban, appeals court finds
Dayton Daily News-Jan January 15, 2013

A Columbus-based appeals court has upheld a penalty against a Moraine bar for violating Ohio's Smoke Free Workplace Act. The unanimous decision ...

NKU aims to ban tobacco on campus
Cincinnati.com - January 9, 2013

… As Northern Kentucky University prepares to take its first steps toward becoming a tobacco-free campus, the University of Cincinnati has backed off because of the lack of widespread support. NKU’s governing Board of Regents is expected to vote today on banning tobacco from the Highland Heights 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 practice,"
Public Health Reports 128(1): 54-63, January 2013.

CONCLUSIONS:

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 the law.

Smoking ban fines remain unpaid
Lancaster (OH) Eagle-Gazette - December 26, 2012

Five years after Ohio voters banned smoking in bars and businesses, more than $2 million in fines remain unpaid -- many from owners flouting the law. Since the Smoke-Free Workplace Act took effect in 2007, the Ohio Department of Health …

OU’s Tobacco-Free Task Force to survey usage on campus
The Post Online (Ohio University) - December 24, 2012

Though the future of tobacco is still hazy on Ohio University’s campus, some Miami RedHawks think their ban flew the coop with their campus’ lack of enforcement of the policy. ...

Columbus eyes tobacco-free zones in parks
ThisWeekNews - December 19, 2012

Anyone who enjoys a dip of Skoal at a softball game might be in for a big disappointment this summer. The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department is ...

Columbus considers tobacco-free zones in parks
ThisWeekNews - December 12, 2012

… The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department is considering a policy that would create tobacco-free areas at city-run facilities. The department is looking to eliminate the use of tobacco products – that includes cigarettes and smokeless products – in sensitive areas, such as playgrounds, tennis courts, ball diamonds, basketball courts and youth-sports zones. …

Differing Smoking Laws Cloud Predictions About Impact of Ohio Casinos
93.1 WIBC Indianapolis - December 12, 2012

Casino gaming floors are exempt from Indiana's smoking ban. Ohio's new casinos aren't. That could throw a wild card into the expected border war when a Cincinnati casino opens this spring, with smokers and nonsmokers crossing the state line in both directions. … Casino Association of Indiana president Mike Smith says the ability to smoke in Indiana might cushion some of the expected blow from a new competitor less than 40 miles away. …

Fairview Park City Council discusses smoking ban for city parks
Sun Star Courier - December 7, 2012

City Council members met in committee Nov. 26 to continue discussing a proposed smoking ban in city parks. Ward 4 Councilman John Hinkel requested and sponsored the measure to amend current park regulations. …

National Report: Ohio Ranks Last in Protecting Kids from Tobacco
PR Newswire - December 6, 2012

Ohio is tied for last in the nation in funding programs to prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit, according to a national report released today by a coalition of public health organizations. ...

CSU officials approve smoking ban
The Cauldron (Cleveland State University) - November 26, 2012

Although the official details and dates have not been decided, smoking on campus will be banned sometime next year....

Cleveland State campus to go tobacco-free within a year
Chronicle-Telegram - November 8, 2012

Cleveland State University plans to go tobacco-free by next September. The draft policy was approved Wednesday by university trustees. It will cover tobacco and smokeless tobacco and extend across campus, including parking lots, walkways and university vehicles. …

Cleveland State University plans to be tobacco-free by September ...
Plain Dealer - November 7, 2012

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Cleveland State University will be tobacco-free by September 2013, according to a policy approved today by the university's board of ...

Kent State Reviewing Tobacco-Free Campus Issue
North Canton (OH) Patch.com - November 5, 2012

By the end of this academic year students at Kent State University should have an idea whether or not the campus is moving towards a smoke-free policy. …

Campus considers going tobacco free
BG News - October 29, 2012

…Five University groups are discussing and developing their points of view on the possibility of the campus being tobacco free. The idea of a tobacco use policy on campus came about through an Ohio Board of Regents resolution passed July 23 encouraging colleges and universities to become tobacco free. The Board of Regents, located in Columbus, serves as a coordinating body for Ohio higher education and is responsible for advising the Chancellor, leader of the University system of Ohio, on issues of statewide importance affecting higher education, according to its website. …

Powell Officials Approve Park Smoking Ban
10TV - October 26, 2012

Powell city council members voted to put in place a soft smoke ban on smoking within 15 feet of Powell playgrounds, under picnic shelters and ...

Companies taking stronger stands in promoting worker wellness
Columbus Business First - October 26, 2012

A smoke-free workplace isn't good enough for some companies; they demand smoke-free workers. You won't find French fries or sugary drinks in the company ...

Would you like the campus to be smoke free?
BG News - October 24, 2012

Would you like the campus to be smoke free? Would you like the campus to be smoke free? Yes 1 33%: No 1 33%: I don't know 1 33%: I haven't hear about this ...

Soft ban on smoking in Powell parks enacted
ThisWeekNews - October 24, 2012

The ban is called "soft" because it won't be strictly enforced. ... Supporters of soft bans have said they empower residents to ask smokers to move if they can ...

Secondhand smoke remains a big hazard on OU campus
Athens NEWS - October 18, 2012

The EPA considers secondhand smoke to be a big harm to your health, but yet people do not mind smoking and threatening others' chances of getting …

'America's Loneliest Neighborhood' Opens Casino
CardPlayer.com - October 9, 2012

...It's so far the largest, but the Horseshoe Casino Cleveland could be expanded in the ... Unlike Las Vegas casinos, the Hollywood Columbus is non-smoking.

Ohio State considers 100% tobacco ban
OSU - The Lantern - October 7, 2012

... are smokers at Ohio State might have to put away their cigarettes and lighters, as the ... (There will be) no tobacco advertising on university property, at events or ... We'll have to walk all the way down to High Street for one cigarette, said ...

SOMC to screen new hires for tobacco use
Portsmouth Daily Times - October 2, 2012

Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC) announced on Monday, starting Nov. 15, they will be screening all external hires for tobacco use. ... A report released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, titled, “County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, A Healthier Nation, County by County,” ranks Scioto County as one of Ohio’s unhealthiest counties. The annual report, examines every county in the United States and ranks them on a state level based on health outcomes and factors. …

NE Ohio Medical University bans tobacco
Canton Repository - October 1, 2012

The Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) governing board on Friday approved a campus-wide, tobacco-free policy, effective Nov. 1. The decision follows the Ohio Board of Regents recommendation for all Ohio's public institutions of higher education to establish tobacco-free campuses. …

Girard council OKs ordinance on sale of smoking implements
Youngstown Vindicator - September 25, 2012

A new city ordinance establishes new guidelines for selling smoking paraphernalia. City council unanimously approved a resolution Monday that establishes license and location requirements for vendors who sell, manufacture, or distribute recreational smoking paraphernalia. …

Enforcement an Issue for Smoking Policy
Kenyon Collegian - September 20, 2012

My sister has severe asthma; I’ve had to take care of her during several of her attacks. And I have bad allergies in the spring, so I know how awful breathing problems can be. That being said, I have no real problem with people smoking. My policy towards it mirrors my feelings towards others’ religion: I’m probably going to feel its second-hand effects no matter what, but as long as you don’t blow it in my face, I say live and let live. …

Opinion | Students who smoke should abide by Miami University ...
Miami Student (OH) - September 19, 2012

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 ...

Students flout smoke-free campus policy
Miami Student (OH) - September 19, 2012

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 ...

Sinclair considering making campus smoke-free
Dayton Daily News (OH) - September 18, 2012

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.

Cleveland State University plans to ban all tobacco use on campus
Plain Dealer - September 13, 2012

Tobacco use will likely be banned on Cleveland State University's campus. The board of trustees' financial affairs committee today recommended the university develop a policy to ban all tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco. The full board is expected to approve a policy at its November meeting. …

Ohio Board of Education wants school districts to go tobacco-free ...
Plain Dealer - September 9, 2012

Linda Diamond, who is a member of the Tobacco-Free Delaware County Coalition, would like that answer to be a categorical, statewide "No," and she is taking ...

Euclid implements 'tobacco free workplace' policy
WKYC-TV - September 6, 2012

EUCLID -- Beginning in November, the City of Euclid will implement a new "Tobacco Free Workplace" policy at all city facilities. The policy goes into effect on ...

Licking County smoking ban sparks interest
Columbus (OH) Dispatch - Aug 13, 2012

Officials hope limits on tobacco will light a fire in other communities

Despite ban, Cincinnati casino trying to assuage smokers
Cincinnati Business Courier - July 27, 2012

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 LLC. …

Ohio's top court rejects smoking-ban argument
Columbus Dispatch - July 26, 2012

The Ohio Supreme Court won't reconsider its ruling declaring the state's smoking ban constitutional. …

Ohio Supreme Court stands by defense of smoking ban
Canton Repository - July 25, 2012

The Ohio Supreme Court won't reconsider its ruling declaring Ohio's smoking ban constitutional.

Outdoor smoking ban proposed for Granville
Newark (OH) Advocate - July 26, 2012

The Village of Granville will have a chance to decide if it wants to jump into the forefront of a campaign to ban smoking in outdoor areas at businesses and government jurisdictions in Licking County. …

Fresh air on campus
Toledo Blade (OH) - July 25, 2012

Bowling Green State University and Ohio State University generally follow the state smoking-ban guidelines, and BGSU prohibits smoking in dormitories.

Colleges asked to ban tobacco on campus
Middletown Journal – July 23, 2012

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 2008. …

Smoke-free colleges? Regents suggest it
Columbus Dispatch - July 24, 2012

… 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 state campuses. …

Health Controversy: Should Smoking Be Illegal on College ...
Glamour (blog) - July 24, 2012

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? ...

Portage County universities reviewing tobacco ban resolution, can ...
Ravenna Record Courier - July 24, 2012

The Ohio Board of Regents voted unanimously Monday to recommend all public universities ban all tobacco use on campus, advice Portage County’s 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 ...

Will smoking ban affect local colleges?
Canton Repository - July 23, 2012

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 state’s 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 ...

Ohio higher ed panel: Ban all tobacco on campuses
Lexington Herald-Leader – July 23, 2012
By Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press

Ohio higher education officials have voted unanimously to urge the state's public campuses to ban all tobacco use, both indoors and outdoors. The Ohio Board of Regents' resolution approved Monday comes after a review showed such policies help both smokers and nonsmokers and cut costs for education institutions. It also calls for a ban on sales and advertising. …

Ohio Board of Regents considers policy against all tobacco on campuses
By Carol Biliczky
Akron Beacon Journal – July 22, 2012

Right now smokers have to step outside of a University of Akron building to light up. Someday they may have to step off campus altogether. … The number of campuses with smoking bans has grown from about 60 in 2007 to more than 700 today, according to Americans for Non-Smokers Rights. …

Smoking ban coming to BGSU?
northwestohio.com - July 20, 2012

… 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 ...

Ohio college may ban all smoking on campus
13abc Action News - July 20, 2012

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 ...

County properties (mostly) smoke-free
Newark (OH) Advocate - Jul 18, 2012

Smoking will be restricted outside all 19 Licking County government properties, but just how restrictive has not been determined

Parma Heights City Council bans texting while driving, smoking in ...
NewsNet5.com - June 28, 2012

Bills banning texting while driving, as well as smoking in certain areas of parks, have passed in Parma Heights. …

Local Woman Receives American Lung Association's National Staff Excellence Award
ReadMedia (press release) - June 28, 2012

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 ...

Township considers smoking ban in parks
ThisWeekNews - June 26, 2012

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 ...

Fountain Square to be smoke-free: city to put up signs before Choir Games
Cincinnati.com – June 28, 2012

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 Cincinnati’s iconic park, citing the health risks of cigarette smoke. They’re aiming to put it in place before the start of the World Choir Games next week.
… As more states impose smoking bans indoors – 35 have laws in place, according to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation – communities have started to address outdoor smoking. More than 600 cities, including New York, have banned smoking in their parks, but Sylvania is the only one in Ohio to do so, according to the foundation. …

Ohio Board of Regents will consider smoke-free campuses next week
WKSU News - June 21, 2012

A state ban already prohibits smoking indoors at Ohio's universities and colleges.But at its meeting...

EDITORIAL: Smoke-free campuses
Toledo (OH) Blade - Jun 18, 2012

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.

Statewide smoking ban for public institutions to be proposed to Board of Regents
Independent Collegian (University of Toledo) - Jun 18, 2012

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.

Judge Rules Restaurant Law Unfair to Ohio Cities
New York Times (OH) - Jun 13, 2012

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.

Board of Regents may stub out smoking on campuses
Athens NEWS - June 14, 2012

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 ...

Area colleges share thoughts on possibility of smoke-free campuses
Willoughby (OH) News-Herald - Jun 13, 2012

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.

Court Upholds Ohio Smoke Free Workplace Law
Legal Reports - Jun 12, 2012 - BLR - Business and

"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

Breathing easy in Ohio's casinos
Plain Dealer (blog) - June 11, 2012

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

News from Creston, Ohio at OurTowncom
www.ourtown.com June 11, 2012

Bronson Frick, associate director of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, and Dr. Michael Roizen, chief wellness officer of the Cleveland Clinic, however, pointed ...

Ohio higher ed leaders urge campus bans on tobacco
Dayton Daily News, June 4, 2012

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 said. … 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, ...

Public colleges in Ohio asked to go totally smoke-free
Cleveland Plain Dealer - June 4, 2012

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 ago. …

Should Ohio colleges ban tobacco entirely?
Cincinnati.com (blog) - June 4, 2012

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.

Your views: Finish the work along Monument Park track
Canton Repository - June 1, 2012

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 ...

Hollywood Casino's impact on Detroit, Windsor casinos
13abc Action News – May 31, 2012

The opening of Hollywood Casino in Toledo is expected to cut into the profits of Detroit's three ... Unlike Detroit casinos, Windsor's casino is non-smoking.

First racino in Ohio opens Friday
Akron Beacon Journal - June 1, 2012

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.

17000 visit Hollywood Casino on Opening Night
13abc Action News - May 31, 2012

…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 ...

New Ohio casino makes debut, takes aim at Detroit
Equities.com - May 30, 2012

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 ...

Hollywood Casino opens
Fremont News Messenger - May 30, 2012

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. …

Second Ohio Casino Opens Tuesday
Ohio News Network - May 29, 2012

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 ...

Unpaid smoking fines put bar licenses in jeopardy
Middletown Journal (OH) May 26, 2012

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 ...

Thumbs up: Ohio took wise approach to issue of smoking ban
Huntington Herald Dispatch May 25, 2012

The Supreme Court in Columbus this week upheld Ohio's statewide smoking ban, sending a clear and consistent message to businesses across the state.

Ohio Casinos' Opening Cutting Into Winnings For Neighboring States
Huffington Post May 26, 2012

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 ...

Hollywood Casino Toledo now open
FOX19 (OH)- May 28, 2012

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 ...

Local bars pledge to strictly enforce statewide smoking ban
WOUB, May 25, 2012

... 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. ...

Clearing the air
Toledo Blade - May 25, 2012

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 ...

$2.3M in fines to be collected after smoking ban upheld
Bizjournals.com (OH) - May 24, 2012

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 ...

Ohio smoking ban constitutional, but new bill in the works
Cincinnati Business Courier - May 24, 2012

Ohio's smoking ban is constitutional, the state supreme court ruled unanimously...

Ohio Supreme Court upholds statewide smoking ban
Toledo Blade - May 23, 2012

Ohio’s 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 ...

Smoking ban: What do you think of it now?
Cincinnati.com (blog) - May 23, 2012

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 ...

Supreme Court Upholds Ohio's Smoke Free Workplace Law
Supreme Court of Ohio - May 23, 2012

Enforcement of Law Against Columbus Tavern Is Not Unconstitutional 'Taking' of Property …

Hollywood Casino in Toledo betting on luring Michigan visitors
The Detroit News - May 22, 2012

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 flashy new casino could draw gamblers from Detroit
Detroit Free Press - May 22, 2012

Toledo's casino, like the Caesars Windsor casino, will be smoke-free, a key reason metro Detroiters who patronize the MGM Grand Detroit, MotorCity and ...

Ed Mathews: Cleveland casino
GoErie.com - May 17, 2012

More than 5,000 people attended the opening of Cleveland's new Horseshoe Casino in the former Higbee's Department Store on Monday. … The Horseshoe Casino is smoke-free. So it stands to reason many Ohio gamblers will still drive to Erie to be able to smoke. ...

Ohio ought to raise the stakes on tobacco: editorial
Cleveland Plain-Dealer, May 14, 2012

Tobacco opponents are celebrating the decision of Ohio's four casinos, including Horseshoe Casino Cleveland, not to seek an exemption from the state's ban against smoking in public places. They may become the first casinos in the country to open smoke-free as a group. …

Horseshoe Casino Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert asks for patience ...
Cleveland Plain Dealer - May 10, 2012

… 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. ...

Rally celebrates smoke-free Horseshoe Casino Cleveland
19 Action News - May 9, 2012

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 ...

Group pushes Powell for smoke-free parks
ThisWeekNews - Apr 30, 2012

But a representative of Tobacco Free Delaware County, an independent advocacy group that approached Powell City Council this month about implementing the ...

Allen County updates no-smoking policy
LimaOhio.com April 11, 2012

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.

Mineral City Village Council, meeting of April 9
New Philadelphia Times Reporter (OH) - April 10, 2012

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. ...

Vote Tabled for Smoking Ban in Lakewood Parks
Lakewood (OH) Patch.com - April 3, 2012

City council held off voting on an ordinance on Monday that would ban smoking in Lakewood’s 15 city parks. … Smoking in Ohio's bars, restaurants and public buildings was banned in 2006. An ordinance introduced in February, by councilwomen Monique ...

Council: Smoking bans pass, but moral claim up for debate
Zanesville Times Recorder - March 27, 2012

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 ...

Lakewood City Council Considers Smoking Ban in Parks
Cleveland News - Fox 8 - March 22, 2012

LAKEWOOD, Ohio ­ Bars and restaurants have been smoke free for years. Now the city of Lakewood might take that same ...

LMHA wants smoke-free housing
Toledo Blade - Mar 4, 2012

Starting with the planned Collingwood Green facility, the Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority expects to make all its public housing complexes smoke-free, as the federal government urges. … Having a smoke-free complex will benefit residents and staff, ... Ms. Mills said she is among those thinking about banning smoking in rentals.

Council approves of feasibility study, delays smoke-free legislation
Zanesville Times Recorder - February 28, 2012

Legislation declaring the areas surrounding Secrest Auditorium and City Hall as smoke-free places, however, will wait a few weeks. …

Outdoor Smoking Ban Under Review
WHIZ - February 27, 2012

The Zanesville City Council is considering ordinances that would designate the sidewalks surrounding City Hall and Secrest Auditorium as non-smoking areas. …

Council considers City Hall, Secrest smoking bans
Zanesville (OH) Times Recorder - Feb 27, 2012

... would be designated as non-smoking areas under legislation sponsored by ... and prohibiting smoking around City Hall as a courtesy to non-smokers.

Bill would restrict smoking in cars
Columbus (OH) Dispatch, 2012-02-02

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. ...

Smoking ban violators owe state $1.8M in fines
Springfield (OH) News-Sun, 2011-12-11
Mark McGregor, Staff Writer

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. ...

Five years later, smoking ban complaints decrease significantly ...
News-Herald.com - December 8, 2011

As the Smoke-Free Workplace Act headed to Ohio ballots in November 2006, public debate over the issue was recurrent and sometimes ...

Toledo casino: Smokers need not apply
Columbus Dispatch, November 10, 2011
By WTOL-TV (Toledo) via AP

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.

Ohio Bar Tests Smoking Ban In State Supreme Court
Vending Times - 4 October 26, 2011

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 ...

Ohio Supreme Court debates smoking ban
Dayton Morning Call, Dayton Business Journal 10/20/2011

…The Ohio Supreme Court sat in session on Wednesday and debated the legality of the state's smoking ban, according to the Columbus Dispatch. A Columbus bar that owes $33,000 in fines for violating…

State supreme court justices go off site to discuss smoking ban
Toledo (OH) Blade, 2011-10-19
JIM PROVANCE BLADE COLUMBUS BUREAU CHIEF

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. ...

Zeno's presses to snuff ban on smoking
Columbus Dispatch - October 20, 2011

The bar, at 384 W. 3rd Ave., owes $33000 in fines for 10 smoking-ban violations. The state is threatening to seize and foreclose on Zeno's to get the money. ...

ER visits for heart attacks dip after smoking ban began
Dayton Daily News - Ben Sutherly - September 2, 2011

The study set out to see if the smoking ban had reduced the effects of secondhand smoke. It excluded Franklin County, home of Columbus, which had a smoking ...

Sales in restaurants, bars slightly up since smoking ban in place
Wooster Daily Record - Marc Kovac - September 2, 2011

Ted Wymyslo, director of the Ohio Department of Health, said the reports were compiled in response to concerns raised at the time the smoke-free workplace ...

Analyses of the Impact of Ohio’s Smoke-Free Workplace Act -- Executive Summary (PDF)
Ohio Department of Health (ODH), 2011-09-01

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. ...

Perry agency bans smoking at homes
Zanesville Times Recorder - Hannah Sparling - August 17, 2011

CROOKSVILLE -- To save money and boost residents' health, the Perry County Metropolitan Housing Authority has implemented a smoking ban. As of Aug. ...

Ohio board recommends tobacco-free school campuses
Wheeling News Register - July 26, 2011

The Ohio Board of Education voted unanimously this month to recommend that school campuses ­ including parking lots and athletic facilities ­ be tobacco free. School systems may adopt or reject the recommendation that covers all forms of tobacco. ...

Another 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
OhioVotes.com (NBC4i), 2011-07-25
Donna Willis

The Ohio Attorney General's office takes another stand against bars that have outstanding smoking-ban fines. ...

Peg's Pub says it will beat state, keep liquor license
Cincinnati (OH) Enquirer, 2011-07-22
Jim Hannah

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. ...

Cincy area bar loses license over smoking fines
San Antonio Express - July 14, 2011

CINCINNATI (AP) - A Cincinnati area bar has become Ohio's first establishment to lose its liquor license over the state's smoking ban. The Ohio Division of Liquor Control this week notified Peg's Pub in Evendale that its liquor permit was denied ...

Smoking Bans, One Step Further
WHIZ - Danielle Cotterman - July 11, 2011

State laws bans smoking inside any public facility..one group wants to take it one step further. Community Impact Team representatives, Kate Paul and Amy Davis met with Muskingum County Commissioners Monday to ask their approval to adopt a tobacco free ...

Smoking ban funded, but not quit line
Columbus Dispatch - Lauren Hepler - June 29, 2011

Advocates are pleased that there's money to enforce the smoking ban, but they say smoking-cessation programs are critical for the state. "We know enforcement alone won't make smoking rates go down," said Shelly Kiser, director of advocacy for the ...

MORE SMOKERS
22.5% of Ohio adults smoke; rate rising
Marietta (OH) Times, 2011-06-15
Evan Bevins - The Marietta Times

Despite rising taxes and continuing health warnings, Ohio's adult smoking rate saw its biggest increase in more than a decade in 2010. ...

Money to curb smoking is cut from state budget
Columbus (OH) Dispatch, 2011-06-03
Lauren Hepler THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

Money aimed at preventing tobacco use in Ohio will run out in a year unless the state reverses course on planned budget cuts. ...

Smoking ban supporters seek $2M to enforce Ohio law
Springfield (OH) News-Sun, 2011-06-03
William Hershey

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. ...

Budget cut may weaken smoking 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. ...

Two-thirds of Ohio smoking ban fines are unpaid
Dayton Daily News - May 8, 2011

AP Updated 3:21 PM Sunday, May 8, 2011 DAYTON, Ohio ­ The Ohio Department of Health and the attorney general's office have collected only one-third of the $2.2 million in fines levied for facilities that have violated the state's smoking ban since ...

Cleveland City Council Decides on Smoking, Trans Fat, Food Trucks
Cleveland News - Fox 8 - Elisa Amigo - April 26, 2011

... we have so many who are entrepreneurs, small people. We can't discriminate because one group of people says they don't want them here." The smoking ban is expected to go into effect in two months. The trans fat ban will take effect in sometime in 2013.

Councilman opposes smoking ban for Cleveland links
Akron Beacon Journal (blog) - April 14, 2011

By AP CLEVELAND: A Cleveland councilman says a proposed smoking ban at city parks and recreation areas should not become par for the course at city-owned links. Councilman Jeff Johnson says the ordinance should not apply at Highland Park Golf Course. ...

Cleveland City Council considers ordinances to ban trans fat and smoking
NewsNet5.com - April 11, 2011

Cleveland City Council members will also consider a proposed smoking ban. Under the plan, it would be ilegal for people to smoke in any city parks, downtown malls or Public Square, and within 150 feet of any city owned place of employment. ...

EDITORIAL: Uphold smoking ban
Toledo (OH) Blade, 2011-04-10

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. ...

Ohio Supreme Court agrees to hear bar owner’s challenge of smoking ban
Associated Press (AP), 2011-04-07
The Ohio Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge brought by a bar owner against the state's ban against smoking in workplaces, a court spokesman said Wednesday. ...

High court to weigh smoking-ban fines
Columbus (OH) Dispatch, 2011-04-07
Alan Johnson THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

The Ohio Supreme Court agreed yesterday to consider the legality of Ohio's 2006 statewide smoking ban in a case involving a Victorian Village bar. ...

Ohio Supreme Court to weigh ban on smoking
Toledo (OH) Blade, 2011-04-07
JIM PROVANCE BLADE COLUMBUS BUREAU CHIEF

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. ...

Smoking ban challenge to be taken up by Ohio Supreme Court
By Laura A. Bischoff, Columbus Bureau
Dayton Daily News, April 7, 2011

COLUMBUS ­ The Ohio Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to take up a case over the statewide indoor smoking ban that voters passed in 2006 and answer the question of whether health department officials overstepped their bounds when they cited a Columbus bar for violating the ban. …

Smoking ban detractor wants Ohio Supreme Court to weigh in
Columbus Business First, January 3, 2011

An advocacy group whose successful trial-court challenge to Ohio’s 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 state’s high court ...

Struggling economy, smoking ban, skill games take bite out of profits
Lancaster (OH) Eagle-Gazette, 2010-12-05
Jessica Alaimo CentralOhio.com, December 5, 2010

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. …

Dayton celebrates state smoking ban
WDTN - November 19, 2010

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 saved ...

Court rules against Ohio bar in smoking ban case
WKBN/WYFX-TV - November 18, 2010

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 ...

Editorial: Zoo officials should OK smoking ban
News-Herald.com - November 8, 2010

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 ...

Vote Expected On Smoking Ban For Cleveland's Zoo
NBC4i.com - November 4, 2010

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. ...

Economic Effects of Ohio's Smoke-free Law on Kentucky and Ohio Border Counties
Pyles, M.K.; Hahn, E.J.
Tobacco Control [Epub ahead of print], September 24, 2010.

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. ...

Marion may ban smoking by city employees on duty
Marion Star - John Jarvis, Marion Star - September 9, 2010

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 ...

Investigator Exclusive: AG sues bar owing $49000 for violations
WKYC-TV - August 18, 2010

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 ...

Ohioans want smoking allowed in bars
Dayton Daily News - August 5, 2010

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. ...

Ohio poll: Rethink smoking ban
Cincinnati.com - Peggy O'Farrell - August 4, 2010

Voters in 2006 approved a constitutional amendment that banned smoking in indoor public spaces, including workplaces, restaurants and bars. ...

City cans smoking ban
Record Herald - Lance Cranmer - July 29, 2010

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. ...

City council mulling smoking-in-vehicle ban
Record Herald - Lance Cranmer - June 24, 2010

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 driving. ...

Smoking ban hits 3-year mark
Willoughby (OH) News-Herald, 2010-05-24
Jacob Lammers

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." ...

Rules for Ohio casinos take shape: No smoking, no complimentary drinks, no alcohol after 2:30 a.m.
Cleveland (OH) Plain Dealer, 2010-05-19
Joe Guillen, The Plain Dealer

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 ...

South Euclid council sets "smoke-free zones" in public areas
Sun Star Courier (blog) - Jeff Piorkowski - March 23, 2010

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. ...

Smoking ban complaints drop in Ohio
Dayton Daily News - Feb 28, 2010

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. ...

Ohio plans to appeal smoking enforcement decision
Court case centers on Columbus tavern
Toledo (OH) Blade, 2010-02-26
JIM PROVANCE BLADE COLUMBUS BUREAU CHIEF

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. ...

Judge throws out enforcement of smoking ban against bar
Dayton Daily News (blog) - William Hershey - February 25, 2010

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 state’s smoking ban against Zeno’s, a Columbus bar.

The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law, which defended Zeno’s 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 Zeno’s. ...

State smoking ban has cost $2 million
Critics call it waste of money; backers see value
Columbus (OH) Dispatch, 2010-02-22
James Nash THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

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 ...

EDITORIAL: Our View: Smoking ban needs to be enforced
Marion (OH) Star, 2010-01-31

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. ...

Businesses rarely fined for violating Ohio's smoking law; few pay up
Lancaster (OH) Eagle-Gazette, 2010-01-31
RUSS ZIMMER CentralOhio.com January 31, 2010

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. ...

Campus 'underreports' smoking ban violations
The Miami Student (Miami University, Oxford, OH), 2010-01-29
Taylor Dolven

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. ...

Taking SARTA? You could have 26 new rules to follow
Canton (OH) Repository, 2010-01-19
Robert Wang CantonRep.com staff report

No more smoking. . . . And when you're moving, no chatting with the driver of your Stark Area Regional Transit Authority bus. . . .
Currently, SARTA prints 19 "courtesy rules" on the back of its schedules. Many are terse and vague.

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.
For example, the code says more specifically that smoking would be banned, not only on the buses, but within 20 feet of a SARTA bus or facility, including all three SARTA transit centers. ...

Cincy bar loses appeal over smoking ban
Columbus Business First - January 5, 2010

A Cincinnati-area bar lost its appeal last week over an alleged violation of Ohio’s 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. ...

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