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Ohio Municipalities and Counties with Smoke-Free Laws


Effective Oct. 1, 2013, Strongsville, Ohio adopted a tobacco-free campus policy:

To maintain good health and a clean environment for our residents and community, this campus is tobacco-free. All use of tobacco products is prohibited in and around all facilities and property, including sidewalks and parking lots.

   Other noteworthy policies in Ohio:

  • Athens County: Tobacco-free Parks effective December 2014.

  • City of Bexley enacted an ordinance in June 2015 prohibiting the sale or distribution of tobacco products and electronic nicotine delivery devices to individuals below the age of 21.

  • Cleveland banned smoking in outdoor city-owned or controlled areas including parks, swimming pools (some golf courses and piers are excluded) in June 2011.

  • Cleveland Zoo went smoke-free in January 2011.

  • Dayton & Montgomery County: Tobacco-free policy for new employees, current employees may not use tobacco while on duty, promotions only to those who are tobacco-free. Effective January 2014.

  • Euclid banned the use of tobacco in all enclosed or open area public places by employees (including remote work sites and vehicles), contractors, and the public in November 2012.

  • Grandview Heights adopted an ordinance in October 2015 prohibiting tobacco and electronic cigarette sales to purchasers under 21 years of ago. The City of Grandview also prohibits smoking in parks and recreational facilities.

  • Hamilton County: Tobacco-free workplace includes e-cigarettes effective September 2014.

  • Marysville: Tobacco-free in October 2013.

  • City of New Albany in November 2015 prohibited the sale or distribution of tobacco products and electronic cigarettes to persons under the age of 21. 

  • North Royalton, Ohio smoke-free except for designated areas in April 2008.

  • Oakwood: Tobacco-free and e-cigarette free parks and all city property effective November 2014. 

  • Oberlin: Added e-cigarettes to public smoking ban in June 2014.

  • Shaker Heights prohibited the use of tobacco on the grounds of designated city buildings, including private and city vehicles in August 2013.

  • Springfield Township in Hamilton County banned the use of tobacco and electronic cigarettes within 25 feet of buildings, and employees are to avoid the use of tobacco products when interacting with the public (adopted in May 2013). 

  • Strongsville: Tobacco use prohibited on the grounds of designated city buildings, includes private and city vehicles in October 2013.

  • Union County: Tobacco-free property in April 2014.

  • Upper Arlington prohibited the sale and distribution of tobacco products and electronic cigarettes to the under 21 population in June 2015. 

  • Village of Lincoln Heights, Ohio declared all village-owned properties smoke-free in May 2010.

  • Village of Woodlawn, Ohio adopted a policy in January 2011 that stated that all tobacco products are banned from indoor and outdoor facilities and properties of the Village of Woodlawn. 

Has your municipality adopted a smoke-free or tobacco-free policy? Tell us about it by contacting the Ohio Department of Health Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Program at tobaccoprevention@odh.ohio.gov

Counties with Tobacco-Free Policies in Certain Areas

Allen County  (exterior grounds)

Ashland County  (exterior grounds)

Ashtabula County  (exterior grounds)

Carroll County  (Health Department only)

Hamilton County (exterior grounds)

Licking County (county buildings)

Marion County  (exterior grounds)

Montgomery County  (Dayton-Montgomery County Health Department Commissioner, administrators, board, new employees, current employees have a set time to quit tobacco)

Morrow County  (exterior grounds)

Putnam County  (exterior grounds)

Union County (exterior grounds)