Thursday, December 07, 2006

Ohio smoking ban challenged

Ohio’s “Smoke-free Workplace Act” has met with first opposition here in Cincinnati with the filing of a lawsuit on behalf of businesses such as locally-owned bars & restaurants which currently allow smoking at least in parts of their establishments.

The suit, filed in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court yesterday, challenges the constitutionality of the new law from a business point of view and not necessarily individual smokers. (Motion for restraining order)

The law, passed by a little more than half of Ohio voters last Nov. 7th., became effective at midnight last night. A combined 67.3% voted for the law in Hamilton, Butler, Warren, and Clermont Counties, according to an article in this morning’s Enquirer.

Ohio Health Dept. “smoking ban guidance”

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