Capital Headlines

Published: 05/17/2011

UNPAID FINES — Only one-third of the $2.2 million in fines issued for violations of Ohio’s workplace smoking ban have been paid, according to an analysis of state data by the Dayton Daily News. The newspaper reported that health officials have issued more than 2,300 fines totaling more than $2.2 million since the ban went into effect in May 2007, with $1.5 million of that total still unpaid. The paper also found that the amount of fines collected has dropped annually, from 81 percent in 2007 to 26 percent last year.