Township restaurants continue to allow smoking
The city of Columbus Smoking Ban went into effect yesterday. City health officials say they've received a few complaints, but generally they say people seem to be following the law. Sprinkled throughout the city of Columbus, there are several small township islands, and in these townships, businesses are not required to ban smoking. Stan's restaurant is in Blendon Township.
For now Stan's customers will be able to keep smoking indoors. Townships do not have the legal authority to pass ordinances like the Columbus smoking ban. So, unless the state legislature gets involved, there will be township islands all around the city where smoking is allowed.