Ohio Health Dept. Fixes Criticized Smoking Report

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio Department of Health has corrected a report on the impact of the statewide smoking ban following questions by a state senator.

Director Theodore Wymsylo says smokers and non-smokers were flipped in a chart showing how frequently they've visited bars since the ban took effect in 2007. The graph now shows that 40 percent of current smokers who were surveyed say they visit bars less often, while about 7 percent of non-smokers say they go more often.

Republican Sen. Bill Seitz of Cincinnati and the ban's opponents have seized on the report, saying it's flawed and its executive summary omitted certain figures.

The Ohio Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments Oct. 19 in a constitutional challenge to the ban brought by bar and restaurant owners.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Anonymous on Oct 11, 2011 at 08:24 AM
    And I'm sure alcoholics should be banned from bars, gamblers kicked out of casinos/tracks, shop-a-holics credit cards revoked, and over-eaters banned from buffets...people like you and the government are just trying to help, right? Maybe you should try to think of the big picture...They're slowly stripping our constitutional rights- if we want to self-destruct, it is our American-Born right to do so...if you don't like the air, don't breathe it.
  • by James Location: mineral wells on Oct 8, 2011 at 06:09 PM
    Ah yes, yet another government regulation that interferes with business making money, thereby hiring people and making people lives better.
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      by Anonymous on Oct 10, 2011 at 09:43 AM in reply to James
      Oh, sour grapes, James... the fact of the matter is that non-smokers and smokers alike are better off with the state wide smoking ban, and addicts are just looking for an excuse to justify their habit! (It does worry me though that a state report and summary might have been buggered enough to give the wrong impression... that deserves looking into!
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        by James on Oct 10, 2011 at 07:49 PM in reply to
        I do not smoke, but it just galls me that do gooders get a law passed on questionable science on 2nd hand smoke. If people want to smoke, that is their choice, they have to live with that consequence. If an owner provides a seperate area for them to smoke, then why not leave them alone instead of adding more regulations?
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        by ViennaGuy on Oct 11, 2011 at 05:37 AM in reply to
        If you don't like the smoke, don't go to the bar ... and this is coming from someone who has never smoked.
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