The general purpose of the law is to prohibit smoking in all enclosed public places and places of employment. Ashtrays are prohibited in all areas where smoking is prohibited. Approved “No Smoking” signs, featuring the “No Smoking” symbol and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) hotline number for reporting violations, must be conspicuously posted at all building entrances. Smoking is allowed outdoors; however, it must occur at a sufficient distance from the building to prevent infiltration of smoke into the building. Smoking can occur on patios, as long as the patio does not have walls or side coverings on more than two (2) sides.
The Medina County Health Department is responsible for investigating all alleged violations that occur in Medina County. Reports of alleged violations are made by calling the ODH hotline. ODH then forwards the reports to us locally for investigation. Investigations can consist of telephone interviews and/or on-site investigations, depending on how many prior investigations an establishment has had.