A victory came on October 19, 2009 for Ohio bars and restaurants facing fines for breaking the state smoking ban. Up to that point, enforcement methods essentially required small businesses to enforce the smoking ban for the government. The 1851 Center points out that it’s the government’s law and that the state should be required to enforce its own laws. That’s what the statute said and that’s what the court has said.
August 20, 2009 – ONN: Smoking Ban Lawsuit Goes Before an Appeals Court
October 15, 2009: Appellate Court’s Decision