In an effort to protect people from exposure to secondhand smoke, cities all over the United States are adopting smoke-free policies. These actions are a result of recent ongoing research that indicates exposure to secondhand smoke is extremely harmful whether it is ongoing or immediate exposure. The 2006 Surgeon General’s report on “The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke” states that there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke.
The cities in our six-county health district that have adopted smoke-free policies include: Richfield, Delta, Nephi, Gunnison, Monroe, Moroni, Fairview, Ephraim, and Fountain Green.
Multiple-dwelling units or apartment complexes benefit from smoke-free policies as well. Not only do smoke-free housing units reduce secondhand smoke exposure to residents, the cost of cleaning is reduced, as well as the amount of cigarette butt litter surrounding the complex. Landlords interested in creating smoke-free buildings are eligible to apply for mini-grant funding, which may cover the cost of educational material and/or appropriate signage.
Businesses with smoke-free policies benefit from cleaner grounds, an absence of secondhand smoke, and healthier employees. Organizations interested in creating smoke-free policies are eligible for mini-grant funding as well.
For more information about smoke-free policies, contact your local county office, or visithttp://www.tobaccofreeutah.org/shsguide.pdf.