Bill: Ease restrictions on indoor smoking at private clubs

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A new bill would legalize indoor smoking at more private clubs in Ohio.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that Democratic Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni of Boardman is sponsoring the bill with Republican Sen. Bill Seitz of Cincinnati. It was introduced this week.

The legislation would permit smoking in cigar clubs and other private groups, even if the club is next to other buildings.

It would also allow smoking in private clubs with one occupant or if multiple occupants have separate way to get outside. It also removes a requirement that a club must be a nonprofit and not have employees.

Representatives with the American Lung Association in Ohio, American Heart Association and American Cancer Society all say there’s no need to change the law. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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