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"Advocate for local government legislative and regulatory autonomy to control tobacco. Support initiatives to repeal preemptive statutes or replace preemptive language in existing state legislation with specific non-preemptive language. Support the inclusion of specific anti-preemption language in all tobacco control legislation and oppose legislation containing any preemptive language. Expose legislative tactics that seek to rescind existing local tobacco control ordinances or invoke ‘super-preemption' of all local tobacco control legislation through language added to minor or unrelated bills."

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
Policy Statement on Tobacco Use Prevention and Control, July 2000


All workplaces, restaurants, bars, and casinos in Ohio are 100% smokefree as of December 7th, 2006. 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. Read Ohio's 100% smokefree law.

In 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.

To learn more about the law, visit the Ohio Department of Health or call 1-866-634-7654
To report a violation, call 1-866-559-OHIO (6446)

Ohio's 2018 Legislative Session: January 2 - TBD

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

Current tobacco-related statistics are available from the Centers for Disease Control's Tobacco Control State Highlights, 2010.

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