HHS law profile

The focal point of this paper is to present a profile of the proposed smoking related law in the State of Ohio. The proposal is “To enact Chapter 3794. of the Ohio Revised Code to restrict smoking in places of employment and most places open to the public. ” (Smartvoter, 2007) What reliable resources are available to learn about the implications of this law? In accordance to Smartvoter it is learnt that this law would be instrumental in banning smoking in workplace and public places.

It would also enable the citizen from passive smoking at workplace as there would be a uniform code of law against smoking. Furthermore this law would “Specify the duties of the department of health to enforce the smoking restrictions” (Smartvoter, 2007) and “Create in the state treasury the "smoke free indoor air fund”. (Smartvoter, 2007) Additionally, this law would also impose fine on individuals or organizations that violate this law. What is the purpose or rationale of the law?

The basic purpose or rationale of this law is to create a healthy and discipline environment for an individual mainly in public life and specifically at the “places of employment”. (Smartvoter, 2007) It should be remembered that lung cancer and asthma are rising in the US by about 14% and 18% each year and passive and direct smoking are the chief ingredients of these maladies. (Lamb, 2004) How will the law affect day-to-day operations within human service organizations? However, there are certain areas that would be affected by this law.

People who are addicted to smoking would certainly feel discomfort due to this law as would no longer be allowed to smoke in workplaces. This would create tension within them and would bring down their work capacity in the short run. What are the arguments for or against the law? It can mention that there are potential arguments against the law. One argument suggests that implementation of this law would certainly be an example of government forcefully controlling “an individual's personal behavior”.

(Smartvoter, 2007) Additionally, it has been reported that “Ohio currently receives about $600 million annually from cigarette taxes. ” (Smartvoter, 2007) It is obvious that the state would loose that amount is the law is imposed. It is also argued that the law appears to be ‘too restrictive’ and cannot be implemented in public entertainment locations like restaurants and bars. What are the potential ramifications to clients and the organization if the law is not followed? There are certain potential ramifications to clients and the organization if the law is not followed.

The health hazards would rise with the consumption of nicotine. Under such circumstances it is necessary to impose preventive measures rather than spending on cure resulting loss of huge amount of fortune.


Lamb, D; (2004); Cult to Culture: The Development of Civilization on the Strategic Strata; Wellington: National Book Trust SmartVoter; (January 4, 2007); Issue 5: Proposed Law- State of Ohio; League of Women Voters of California Education Fund; retrieved on 01. 10. 2007 from http://www.smartvoter.org/2006/11/07/oh/state/issue/5/