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Bill would ease smoking ban

Publication Date: 6/24/2008
  • Author:Jennifer Baker
  • Publication:Cincinnati Enquirer

A group of Ohio lawmakers want to change Ohio's smoking ban.

Senate Bill 346 would exempt family-owned business, outdoor patios and private clubs from the current smoking ban.

Ohio Senators Robert Schuler, R-Sycamore Township, Gary Cates, R-West Chester Township, Bill Seitz, R-Green Township are among those behind the bill.

The lawmakers are expected to outline their plan at a 10 a.m. press conference today at Middletown Moose Family Center, 3009 E. Main St.

Due to a dramatic drop in business attributed to the smoking ban, Moose Family Center will announce this morning it is closing, according to Seitz's office.

Smoking is not allowed in bars, restaurants and other public places under a two-year-old smoking ban in Ohio.

But smoking is allowed in private clubs, designated areas of nursing homes and hotels as well as tobacco stores if 80 percent of their sales are cigars, cigarettes and other smoking products.