Banned in Ohio

by Maureen McCabe on May 4, 2007

No Smoking public smoking… The Health Department thought the statewide smoking ban could be enforced by the end of April the last time I wrote about the public smoking ban here.

Close… enforcement started on May 3, 2007 according to many, many, many sources in Ohio:

Akron – Fire lit under smoking ban by Tracy Wheeler, the Beacon Journal medical writer

Cincinnati – This time for real: No smoking

Cleveland – The ban begins according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Dayton – State ready to show teeth behind its ban on smoking according to Anthony Gottschlich Staff Writer. I can tell by the article that Dayton did not have a ban before the statewide ban. I would not have expected them to.

Columbus – State to start penalizing for smoking in public places according to Business First Columbus

We have not had smoking in public in most of Central Ohio in a year… or more. I wonder about Cleveland, Cincinnati, Akron, Toledo, Youngstown, Zanesville and the rest of the state, whether other cities had a ban.What interested me Googling the story was how many papers in the tobacco producing states carried the story. It was news in Kentucky, West Virginia, and North Carolina. I saw an Indiana paper, that carried the story of Ohio enforcing the smoking ban but not a lot of other papers in the midwest or elsewhere…carried the news story.

I worked with people moving from California in 2001 and 2002 who were shocked by public smoking and how many people in Central Ohio still smoked.

Previously on Columbus Best Blog (the old one… that is now Discover Columbus) about smoking:

Ohio’s Ballot Issues – Smoking Ban
Columbus Alfresco Dining
Smokin sort of a history of Central Ohio smoking bans.

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