2007 Headline Maker: Statewide Smoking Ban

Published: 12/19/2007

The Ohio Department of Health files draft rules for the statewide ban on workplace smoking - approved by 58 percent of voters on Election Day 2006 - with the secretary of state and the Legislative Service Commission. The filing triggered a 65-day process providing for public comments, a public hearing and a final hearing before the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review. The ban technically went into effect Dec. 7, 2006, but the Health Department delayed enforcement until final rules were approved.