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Smoke-free Workplace Program

p_nosmoke.gifWhen Issue 5 passed on the Nov. 7, 2006, ballot, Ohio became the 12th state to protect all workers and the public from exposure to secondhand smoke in workplaces and public places. The law took effect Dec. 7, 2006 and enforcement began May 3, 2007.

This site provides you with information regarding the law and rule, as well as information on how you can report a violation; what organizations the director of Health has designated to enforce law; and sample no-smoking signs that meet the requirements of the statute. 

Businesses can find information on the benefits of a smoke-free workplace and model policies they can implement so their employees know what the rules are related to smoking at work. There is information on the dangers of secondhand smoke from the 2006 report of the U.S. Surgeon General, and information is available to help Ohioans who smoke with quitting and give businesses reasons to help their employees quit smoking.

This new law will protect and improve the health of all Ohioans by prohibiting smoking in workplaces and public places with very few exceptions. Please refer to the statute and the rules for specific information on those exemptions. To adhere to the law, affected businesses and public places must do three things:

  • Prohibit smoking in any “public place” or “place of employment”
  • Post no-smoking signs with the toll-free enforcement number, 1-866-559-OHIO (6446), at all entrances or areas of transition between non-regulated and regulated areas
  • Remove ashtrays and other tobacco receptacles

Mailing address:
Ohio Department of Health
Bureau of Environmental Health
Smoke-Free Workplace Program
246 North High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Telephone: (614) 466-1390
Fax: (614) 466-4556

E-mail: nosmoke@odh.ohio.gov

Last Updated: 10/20/08