Solo truckers exempt from Ohio smoking ban

COLUMBUS, Ohio — It’s been a while, but smokers have finally won a battle — provided they drive a truck in Ohio, that is.

The state’s truckers no longer have to look in their side mirrors for the smoking police, as the Health Department seems to have backed down from including truck drivers from a statewide ban on smoking in public places and workplaces, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

Like a recent anti-smoking law in Ontario, the Buckeye State also defined company-owned truck cabs as “workplaces,” and required drivers to butt out, remove ashtrays, and place no-smoking signs up.

But after an outcry from truckers, the government says only truck drivers who share time in the vehicle with another worker or have at least one passenger would be prohibited from smoking, reports the newspaper.

Department of Health spokesman Jay Carey told the Dispatch it was possible to allay the truckers’ concerns without violating the spirit of a smoking ban.

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