Ohio Measure 5, Smoking Ban Initiative (2006)
|Ohio Issue 5 (2006)|
Text of measure
The language that appeared on the ballot:
(Proposed by Initiative Petition)
To enact Chapter 3794. of the Ohio Revised Code to restrict smoking in places of employment and most places open to the public.
The proposed law would:
A majority yes vote is necessary for passage.
Arguments in favor
The following reasons were given in support of Issue 5 by SmokeFreeOhio:
|“||Protect your right to breathe smoke-free air inside all restaurants, public places and workplaces.
Secondhand Smoke Kills
The U.S. Surgeon General reports that:
For these reasons, the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, and American Lung Association have joined with doctors, hospitals and every major health organization in Ohio to urge a YES vote on Issue 5.
What the SmokeFree Workplace Act will do:
Studies show nonsmokers inhale the equivalent of one and a half cigarettes just by sitting in a restaurant’s non-smoking section for two hours. This state law allows children, the elderly, and those with health problems to enjoy restaurants and other public places without jeopardizing their health.
Simply asking smokers to step outside public places will protect the health of the nonsmokers around them and allow all Ohioans to enjoy their favorite places together.
What the SmokeFree Workplace Act will not do:
Twenty-one Ohio communities and 14 states have strong, successful smoke-free laws in place. The time has come to vote to stop this preventable health hazard and improve the health of all Ohio residents.
Vote YES on Issue 5 so Ohio can breathe smoke-free!
The official ballot argument in support of Issue 5 was signed by Donald McClure, Susan Jagers, and Tracy Sabetta.
SmokeFreeOhio spent $2.68 million to support the measure. Donors to the campaign included:
- American Cancer Society (three different affiliates). $2.169 million
- American Heart Association (Ohio Valley Affiliate), $104,750
- Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund, $82,491
- David Maltz, $50,000
The following reasons were given in opposition of Issue 4 by the Committee to Prepare Argument Against Issue 4:
|“||The SmokeFree Ohio proposal on the November ballot is a near total ban on smoking across the state. It is an unreasonable approach that creates an unnecessary intrusion on the rights of individuals and business owners to make their own decisions.
SmokeFree does not allow exceptions for adult-only businesses and virtually criminalizes smokers with potential citations and fines. It is important to realize that given free choice, many restaurants, hotels and other places that serve families are making “no smoking” rules on their own. Since most Ohioans don’t smoke, we can rely on traditional American freedoms to decide this issue in the marketplace, as we have always done.
Ohio should take reasonable action to protect nonsmokers in public places. It is important to protect families from second-hand smoke, but we should use common sense to make the rules, so both health and individual freedoms are protected.
SmokeFree is an unreasonable, intrusive approach that will create more problems than it solves.
The official ballot argument in opposition of Issue 5 was signed by Jacob Evans.
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- A History of Statewide Issue Votes in Ohio
- Ohio 2006 ballot measure voter's guide
- Ohio Secretary of State, "2006 Official Election Results," accessed July 30, 2013
- Toledo Blade, "NO on 4, YES on 5," October 1, 2006
- Ohio Secretary of State, "A History of Statewide Issue Votes in Ohio," accessed July 30, 2013
- Ohio Issues Report, "State Issues Ballot Information for the November 7, 2006 General Election," accessed July 30, 2013
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Followthemoney.org, "Donors to SmokeFreeOhio," accessed July 30, 2013
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