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City Club of Cleveland - Issue 4 and Issue 5
Monday, October 30, 2006 12:00 PM
Debate: Smoke Less Ohio vs. Smoke Free Ohio
Jacob Evans vs. Tracy Sabetta

Voters in Ohio have the choice of two issues concerning smoking in public areas: Issue 4 and Issue 5.

Issue 4 is a constitutional amendment pushed by Smoke Less Ohio, comprising of the tobacco industry, beverage retailers, and restaurant organizations. It would preserve the right to smoke in bars, restaurants, hotels, nursing homes, race tracks, bowling alleys and bingo halls, while banning smoking in other public places. The issue would overturn smoking bans in 21 Ohio communities, including Columbus and Toledo.

Issue 5, an initiative sponsored by SmokeFreeOhio, would ban smoking in virtually all public buildings and workplaces. The campaign is by the American Cancer Society in collaboration with the American Heart Association, American Lung Association, the Ohio Health Commissioners Association, the Ohio Hospital Association, the Ohio State Medical Association, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, and other supporting organizations.

If voters approve both issues, Issue 5 loses. Issue 4 would take precedence because it is a constitutional amendment.
October 30, 2006