Board of Supervisors unanimously pass smoking ban
Web Producer: Ina Ronquillo
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - On Tuesday, the Pima County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a proposal to ban smoking and tobacco products on all county property, including parks.
During the Board discussion of the proposed tobacco ban, Supervisor Ann Day and Supervisor Ray Carroll shared personal stories of family members who have died of emphysema.
County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry recommended the Board adopt the Tobacco-Free Environment policy effective January 1, 2013 and direct staff to take the following actions:
1. Work with all departments to implement this policy and to inform the public and employees of the policy.
2. Promote the policy widely, distributing information about the health risks of tobacco use, the consequences of using tobacco in prohibited areas and the availability of proven cessation aids and programs; especially the cessation programs, including pharmaceutical aids the County currently provides to any employee at no cost.
3. Provide sufficient signage in public areas for employees and the public to be aware of the policy.
4. Support the policy through the County's current infrastructure; train supervisors and staff about how to implement and enforce the policy.
5. Ensure employees understand the consequences of noncompliance; using email, newsletters, payroll inserts and other means of communication within the County to communicate the importance of the policy.