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Ohio Revised Code: Smoking Ban


The business must meet the definition of a retail tobacco store in O.R.C. 3794.01 and OAC 3701-52-01:

  • The retail tobacco store must be the only business located in a freestanding building if the business is established after Dec. 7, 2006.
  • The retail tobacco store cannot be a department or section of another establishment in that building.

Smoke from a retail tobacco store (that has been granted an exemption) must not migrate into an area where smoking is prohibited, such as a neighboring place of employment or public place. This can result in a finding of violation and/or loss of exemption status.

Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing Rule