Ohio Goes Smokeless

Ohio No Smoking

Voters passed Issue 5 on Nov. 7, 2006, creating Ohio's indoor smoking ban under a new chapter of the Ohio Revised Code effective Dec. 7, 2006.

This law requires "public places" and "places of employment" be smoke-free as of that date. These businesses and organizations must also post "No Smoking" signs that contain a telephone number for reporting violations: 1-866-559-OHIO (6446); and remove ashtrays and other smoking receptacles by Dec. 7, 2006.

From Ohio Code Chapter 3794.06 (A)

"No Smoking" signs or the international "No Smoking" symbol (consisting of a pictorial representation of a burning cigarette enclosed in a red circle with a red bar across it) shall be conspicuously posted in every public place and place of employment where smoking is prohibited by this chapter, including at each entrance to the public place or place of employment. Signs shall be of sufficient size to be clearly legible to a person of normal vision throughout the areas they are intended to mark. All signs shall contain a telephone number for reporting violations.

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