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Ohio Supreme Court Decision Protects Smoke-Free Law

Since the Ohio Smoke-free Workplace Act was passed by voters on the November ballot in 2006 and implemented six months later, Ohio has been home to one of the strongest statewide smoke-free laws in the country.


A court battle initiated by a Columbus bar owner questioning the constitutionality of the law made it all the way to the Ohio Supreme Court, with rulings on both sides of the issue along the way. 

On May 23, the Ohio Supreme Court issued a 7-0 decision that held that “the Smoke-Free Act is a valid exercise of the state’s police power.”

The American Heart Association and many of our partner organizations collaborated to submit amicus briefs at each stage during the judicial process, and we could not be more pleased with the outcome.

Congratulations to Ohio Government Relations Director Cresha Auck Foley for her role in assuring a strong voice for public health in this significant victory.

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