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Food Protection & Public Safety Unit



Stephanie DeGenaro 




Ohio Smoke-Free Workplace Law

On November 7, 2006 Ohio voters passed Issue 5. With the passage of this ballot issue, Ohio became the 12th state in the U.S. to enact legislation aimed at protecting the health of both workers and the general public by limiting exposure to secondhand smoke in public places. The law, which prohibits smoking inside most public places and workplaces, became effective on December 7, 2006. In areas where smoking is prohibited, the law also prohibits ashtrays, and requires that “No Smoking” signs are posted at each entrance. Businesses that are found in violation of the Smoke Free Workplace Law can be fined.

Enforcement of the law began on May 3, 2007. The program operates under a complaint based enforcement system, which means that inspectors are not doing routine “sweeps” of businesses to look for violations. Rather, inspectors respond to complaints that are reported. Since enforcement began, DGHD has investigated approximately 200 complaints of possible violations. We appreciate the strong community support for this important public health legislation.

To report a possible violation within the Delaware General Health District, you can contact an inspector at 740-368-1700 or Melissa Adams,

To report a possible violation anywhere in the state, call 1-866-559-6446. Please have the following information when you call: