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Smoking ban violators under fire

12:53 AM, Jul 16, 2011   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- The Cuyahoga County Health Department says the Suburban Inn in Parma owes some 70-thousand dollars in fines.

It's one of the state's most notorious offenders.

Despite over four years of enforcement the state has not put out the fire.

The Commerce Department's arm of liquor control is now tightening its grip on frequent violators.

It revoked the liquor license of a bar near Cincinnati for public smoking violations and outstanding fines.

"Now anybody with outstanding fines is subject to having their liquor license revoked," Cuyahoga Health Department spokesman Dave Covell said.

Liquor Control involvement is now the teeth in the smoking ban bite. The message is pay your fines or go out of business.

The health department says 95 percent of bars and restaurants in Northeast Ohio are abiding by the smoking ban.

Five of the ten establishments with unpaid fines went out of business. Only two of the remaining violators owe more then one thousand dollars.


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