COLUMBUS -- The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld as constitutional a state ban on smoking in workplaces.
A Columbus bar owner had challenged the ban.
The court's decision was unanimous (7-0) in rejecting the bar owner's claims that the fines assessed against his tavern for violating the statewide ban exceeded the state's legitimate police powers and were an unconstitutional governmental taking of private property.
The tavern, Zeno's Victorian Village, had been cited 10 different times between July 2007 and September 2009.
Ohio voters approved the Smoke Free Act in November 2006 and it went into effect in December of that year.