Pima County to go 'tobacco free' in 2013, starting with buildings | Health
Certain buildings and property within Pima County will be going tobacco free in 2013.
The first area to become ‘tobacco free’ will be buildings downtown. There will be signs posted telling both workers and residents about the change in policy, approved by the Board of Supervisors in November.
What this means for smokers in county owned buildings, is a longer walk. Smoking will no longer be allowed in the breezeways between buildings. Although this new ordnance does not affect the City owned Presidio Park, which is still opened to smokers.
Open areas are not currently under the ordnance either, but community centers are. According to Allyn Bulzomi, the Director of Human Resources, the policy ensures non-smoking employees and visitors won’t be exposed to harmful smoke as they travel between buildings.
“Secondhand smoke is a major contributor to cancer and other health problems, and as one of the leading advocates for healthy lifestyles locally, it just makes sense for the County to make sure we’re not contributing to unhealthy situations,” said Bulzomi in a recent news release. Bulzomi also stated the policy is designed to help ‘nudge’ employees to become healthier and consider quitting smoking altogether.
As the County mores toward a self-insurance model for health care, healthier employees will result in lower health care costs funded by employees and taxpayers.
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