State: Smoking ban violations down as public approval rises

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State officials are calling Ohio’s smoke-free workplace program a success a decade after voters approved a ballot measure barring smoking inside some indoor establishments.

In 2006, the state in 2006 banned smoking inside indoor establishments that have at least one employee and invites the public inside.

The Blade in Toledo reports the state issued more than 2,200 violations the following year, but that number has dropped to fewer than 300 so far in 2016. Most of those are first-time warnings.

Lisa Zumstein is a sanitarian program specialist for the state’s Smoke-free Workplace Program. She says public approval has increased over time. Zumstein says people like that they can go to work, restaurants and other places and not be exposed to secondhand smoke. 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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