Smoke Free Reports
The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) released a collection of five reports on Sept. 1, 2011 that analyzed the health, behavioral and economic impacts of the statewide smoking ban.
“These analyses show that Ohio’s coordinated public health efforts are having a positive impact on the health of our residents,” said ODH Director Ted Wymyslo, M.D. “It is important to note, however, that these studies only represent initial findings on the impact of the law as additional studies are currently underway.”
In November 2006, Ohioans passed the Smoke-Free Workplace Act, making Ohio the 12th state to protect all workers and the public from exposure to secondhand smoke in public places. Enforcement of the law began on May 3, 2007.
The law impacts approximately 280,000 “public places” and “places of employment” in Ohio. These workplaces must prohibit smoking, remove ashtrays and post no-smoking signs with the toll-free enforcement number, 1-866-559-OHIO (6446).
“The good news is that Ohioans still overwhelmingly support the law,” said Dr. Wymyslo. A study of attitudes and behaviors related to the law show that 73 percent of adult Ohioans either strongly approve or approve of the Smoke-Free Workplace Act while eleven percent disapprove, and eight percent strongly disapprove. Approximately three out of four surveyed respondents stated they visit restaurants and bars with about the same frequency as they did before the Smoke-Free Workplace Act went into effect.
Analyses of the Impact of Ohio's Smoke-Free Workplace Act*
* “Figure 5: Estimated Prevalence of Frequency of Visits to Bars Since Passage of the Smoke-Free Law, by Smoking Status, among Adult Ohioans, 2009” was updated on 9/28/11 to reflect the correct prevalence of visits for smokers and non-smokers.