Ohio’s Smoke-Free Workplace Program ensures that all work environments in the state are completely smoke-free. Public Health responds to complaints directed to 1-866-559-OHIO regarding smoking in any workplace in the county.


As a business owner, what are my responsibilities?

Employers must prohibit smoking in public places, and places of employment. Ashtrays and other smoking receptacles must be removed from the facility. “No Smoking” signs must be posted with the number to report violations 1-866-559-OHIO.

Can I build a smoking patio outside my business?

Smoking patios are permitted as long as they meet Ohio Administrative Rule 3701-52-01(M). Contact Public Health and your local building/zoning office for further questions and approval.

How far away do I have to stand outside the door to smoke?

There is no set distance you have to be away from the door or window; however, smoke cannot enter the building.

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