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September 22, 2018
WOUB Local News
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First day of smoking ban enforcement brings 100 complaints
(WOUB) - The Ohio Department of Health says it received 100 complaints about potential violators yesterday as the state began enforcing its smoking ban.

The law that voters approved in November bars smoking in most indoor public places and work sites. It took effect December 7, but implementation was delayed while state officials drew up rules for carrying out the ban.

In Athens County, Charles Hammer, a spokesman for the city-county health department, says he doesn't anticipate compliance being a serious problem. Hammer says he doesn't expect his department to have to devote much time to smoking ban enforcement.

Smokers or businesses that ignore it face fines of up to $2,500 for repeat violations. But first, there are warning letters, if local health authorities check out the reports and do find the law is being broken.

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