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Strongsville Property to be Tobacco-Free

September 12th, 2013 00:00
Strongsville Property to be Tobacco-Free

Strongsville is prohibiting tobacco on all city-owned properties such as buildings, parks, parking lots. The anti-tobacco law comes into action from Ocober 1 and would be applied to all forms of tobacco: cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco. Some time ago, Strongsville banned smoking not only in city-owned buildings but in vehicles.

Human Resources Director Steve Kilo said they want to provide healthy conditions for their workers, inhabitants and tourists.

It should be noted that city properties would not idenify special smoking zones. Almost 10% of workers who smoke would not be obliged to stop smoking but they will have to seek other places to light up a cigarette, because there will be phohibited to smoke in the city property and right in their car. Tom Perciak, mayor of Strongsville, suggested anti-smoking policy in March 2013 during his speech when he said that it may make part of his employee wellness program.

Steve Kilo made refernce to the cities who already implemented anti-tobacco policies such as Euclid that did it in 2012 and Shaker Heights that did just several days ago. Cleveland State University has a tobacco-free campus. These days more and more colleges and universities in the USA become smoke-free and this trend is moving forward.

The major goals of the anti-smoking policy is to promote healthy lifestyle among workers, to eliminate risks of secondhand smoke, to improve health of inhabitants and visitors. Special anti-smoking signs will be placed in all public zones.

The anti-smoking measure comes in form of policy and not a law which means that there will be no penalties for people who break it. However, workers may face a disciplinary action. As to public, the new policy will give effect to existing smoke-free policies.

If somebody lights up a cigarette in a building, it is necessary to tell him or her to stop it. The same thing is with beverages — when someone brings a beverage in the recreation center, he is asked to get rid of it. The success of the policy depends on cooperation and consideration of tobacco consumers and non-tobacco users.