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Ohio voters passed Issue 5 on Nov. 7, 2006, creating Ohio’s indoor smoking ban under a new chapter of the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) effective Dec. 7, 2006. This new law requires "public places" and "places of employment" to prohibit smoking as of that date. These businesses and organizations must also post "No Smoking" signs that contain the telephone number 1-866-559-OHIO (6446) for reporting violations, and remove ashtrays and other smoking receptacles. The education and enforcement of the indoor smoking ban is a responsibility of the Community Health Division.
If you have witnessed a violation of the Smoke Free Workplace law, please call
1-866-559-OHIO (6446) to report the violation.
Once the violation is recorded by the Ohio Department of Health, the local public health department is notified and the enforcement process begins.
To view the complete set of rules, go to http://www.ohionosmokelaw.gov/.