The Associated Press April 6, 2011, 5:51PM ET

Ohio high court to hear challenge to smoking ban

The Ohio Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge brought by a bar owner against the state's ban against smoking in workplaces.

Court spokesman Bret Crow said Wednesday that justices agreed to hear an appeal from the owner of a bar who argues the law approved by voters more than four years ago is unconstitutional. The Columbus bar was cited for violations and fined $33,000.

The 10th District Court of Appeals in Columbus had upheld the law, saying there was overwhelming evidence that bar owners had intentionally violated the ban.

Smoking is prohibited in most indoor, public places under the ban. Penalties for proprietors violating the ban range from a warning letter to fines of $100 to $2,500. Fines can be doubled for intentional violations.


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