Secondhand smoke leads to the death of more than 41,000 non-smokers and 400 infants each year, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Ohio recognizes the dangers of secondhand smoke and protects citizens by prohibiting smoking in all indoor public places. As the local enforcement agency for Ohio’s Smoke-Free Workplace Law, HCPH is encouraging residents, if they witness smoking indoors, to report violations to 1-866-599-OHIO.
The Smoke-Free Workplace Law requires businesses to ban smoking in indoor areas where the public and employees are permitted. Smoking is allowed outdoors as long as the smoke doesn’t not come back inside through doorways, windows, or vents.
Anyone seen smoking inside must be asked to do so outside.
The law also requires the removal of all ashtrays and other smoking related items from indoor areas and the posting of no smoking signs with the complaint phone number at each entrance to the building.
Reporting a violation of this law is confidential and can be made by anyone by simply calling the complaint phone number, 1-866-599-OHIO, or emailing [email protected]
There is no safe level of secondhand smoke. Even in small amounts, inhaling secondhand smoke can have harmful effects to a person’s health. Secondhand smoke contains over 7,000 dangerous chemicals, including those that cause cancer. Breathing in these chemicals can increase a person’s chances of developing lung cancer and heart disease by 25 to 30 percent, and has immediate harmful effects on the cardiovascular system.
For HCPH, smoking and tobacco use is an important public health issue. By following Ohio’s Smoke-Free Workplace Law and reporting violations, Huron County residents can help create healthier smoke-free environments in the community.