Traditions Tavern, et al. v. City of Columbus

Four bars challenged the validity of a municipal smoke-free law, claiming the law violated the state and federal constitutions. The law prohibited proprietors and employers from allowing smoking in public places and places of employment, specifically exempting smoking within private members-only clubs, and required proprietors and employers to publicize smoking regulations. The Court held that the ordinance did not conflict with state law, was not unconstitutionally vague, did not infringe upon the plaintiffs' due process rights, and did not violate equal protection of the law. The court therefore affirmed the trial court's grant of summary judgment on behalf of the defendants.


Traditions Tavern, et al. v. Columbus, 171 Ohio App. 3d 383, Ohio-6655, Court of Appeals of Ohio, Tenth Appellate District (2006).

  • United States
  • Dec 14, 2006
  • Court of Appeals of Ohio, Tenth Appellate District



  • AD 1400, Inc., d.b.a. Key Club
  • Albert Dowden, Proprietor
  • Beverly Bowles, Proprietor
  • Dimo Kuzmanovski, Proprietor
  • Eugene Hawkins, Proprietor
  • Hazel & Sue, Inc., d.b.a. GJ's Lounge
  • SFKD, Inc., d.b.a. Traditions Tavern
  • Sunrise 967, Inc., d.b.a. Sunset Lounge

Defendant City of Columbus

Legislation Cited

City of Columbus Smoke-free Indoor Air Act of 2004, enacted as Columbus City Code 715

Ohio State Law R.C. 3791.031

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