When did the ban take effect?
- Ohio voters passed Issue 5 on Nov. 7, 2006, creating Ohio ’s indoor smoking ban under Ohio Revised Code (ORC) Chapter 3794 effective December 7, 2006.
- This law requires “public places” and “places of employment” prohibit smoking as of that date.
- These businesses and organizations must also post “No Smoking” signs and remove ashtrays and other smoking receptacles.
Smoking Ban Rules
All “public places” and “places of employment” must:
· Prohibit smoking;
· Post “No Smoking” signs including the telephone number 1-866-559-OHIO (6446) for reporting of violations; and
· Remove all ashtrays and other smoking receptacles.
Link to complete text from the Ohio Revised Code 3794 to review the law.
For more information including downloadable signage:
For More Information and to Report Violations
Visit the Ohio Department of Health's Smoke-Free Workplace webpage at
To report violations call 1-866-559-OHIO(6446)
or send an email to
Your complaint will be sent to the health district in which the alleged violation occurred for investigation.
Ohio Tobacco Quit Line
The Ohio Tobacco Quit Line is now housed at the Ohio Department of Health and continues to provide invaluable assistance to smokers who want to kick the tobacco habit. Tobacco counselors are available to help you from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday-Friday and from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Soon-to-be-former smokers can also leave a message 24 hours a day and request a call-back time that is convenient for them. Service is available in 150 languages and TTY service is available for the deaf and hard of hearing at 1-888-229-2182.
Smokers who want to quit are much more successful when they take advantage of services such as the Ohio Tobacco Quit Line. Indeed, only 5 percent of those who try to quit smoking cold turkey are successful, compared to 22 percent who use the quit line. You have nothing to lose – except for a nasty habit that is the leading cause of preventable death – and everything to gain. Call the Ohio Tobacco Quit Line today at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669) or 1-888-229-2182 for TTY service. You and your loved ones will be glad you did.