High Court Sides With State On Smoking Ban

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DAVE RABER | Attorney at Law
Published: 07/03/2012

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled last month that the Smoke Free Workplace Act is a valid exercise of the state’s police power by Ohio voters and does not amount to a regulatory taking.

In 2006, Ohio voters passed a ballot initiative that prohibited proprietors of public places of employment from allowing smoking in their establishments. This, of course, included privately owned bars. The Ohio Department of Health and its designees are charged with the enforcement of the Smoke Free Workplace Act.