Complaints Roll in on First Day of Smoking Ban

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio Department of Health says it received 100 complaints about potential violators yesterday as the state began enforcing its smoking ban.

The law that voters approved in November bars smoking in most indoor public places and work sites. It took effect December Seventh, but implementation was delayed while state officials drew up rules for carrying out the ban.

Smokers or businesses that ignore it face fines of up to 25-hundred dollars for repeat violations. But first, there are warning letters, if local health authorities check out the reports and do find the law is being broken.