On November 7, 2006, Ohio voters passed Issue 5, which created Ohio’s indoor smoking ban under Chapter 3794 of the Ohio Revised Code (ORC). Effective since December 7, 2006, this law prohibits tobacco smoking in enclosed public spaces and places of employment throughout the state of Ohio. Today the Smoke-Free Workplace Law still remains highly approved by Ohio citizens and has helped decrease rates of cardiovascular disease, smoking, youth initiation of smoking, and amount smoked by current smokers.
Approximately 280,000 “public places” and “places of employment” are impacted by this law today, which requires enforcement of the following rules:
- Prohibit smoking inside of and immediately adjacent to public spaces or places of employment
- Remove ashtrays and other smoking receptacles from any area where smoking is prohibited
- Post no-smoking signs where smoking is prohibited
- Post the ODH Smoking Ban Enforcement Line phone number where smoking is prohibited
If you have witnessed a violation of the Smoke-Free Workplace Law, please call the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Smoking Ban Enforcement Line at 1-866-559-OHIO (6446) or email NoSmoke@odh.ohio.gov to report the violation as soon as possible!
The education and enforcement of the Smoke-Free Workplace Law is the responsibility of the Community Health Division at the Erie County Health Department (ECHD). Once the violation is recorded by the Ohio Department of Health, ECHD is notified and the enforcement process begins. Should you have questions about local enforcement, please feel free to contact Jeanie Wertenbach, Director of Community Health at 419-626-5623 extension 172 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about the Ohio Smoke-Free Workplace Law and how to report violations, you can visit or www.odh.ohio.gov/smokefree/sf1.