State warning businesses to comply

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Department of Health is in the process of sending letters to some 280,000 Ohio businesses affected by the state’s new ban on smoking indoors in public places and places of employment, reminding them that even though enforcement rules have not been adopted they are required to comply with the statute.

The law took effect Dec. 7, 2006, and enforcement rules are required to be in place by June 7, 2007.

The law’s major requirements, according to ODH, are: prohibit smoking in any public place or place of employment; remove all ashtrays and other receptacles used for disposing of smoking materials; post “No Smoking” signs in every public place and place of employment where smoking is prohibited that contain the toll-free number for reporting violations, which is (866) 559-6446.

The number to obtain information is (866) 634-7654.

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