Smokefree Ordinance Takes Effect In Hancock County

In State News on March 30, 2009 at 7:27 am

HANCOCK COUNTY, Ind. – A comprehensive smoke free-ordinance took effect beginning Wednesday, March 25, following action taken in December 2008 by the Hancock County Commissioners.

The move makes all public places, including restaurants, bars and membership clubs completely smoke-free, according to Brandee Bastin, M.A., tobacco initiative coordinator, Hancock Regional Hospital.

“We are pleased and excited to see this ordinance adopted,” says Bastin. “A great deal of appreciation goes to the Commissioners for all their hard work in protecting a great number of Hancock County workers from secondhand smoke exposure.”

Occupational exposure to secondhand smoke causes heart disease, lung cancer and respiratory illnesses, among others. Research shows that blue collar, industrial and hospitality workers are among the highest in on-the-job exposure to secondhand smoke and are subject to increased risk of disease or death due caused by secondhand smoke.

“Hancock County’s new ordinance will ensure that all workers, regardless of their place of employment, are protected from the deadly effects of secondhand smoke. It is especially satisfying to see another Hoosier community take this important step forward,” says Karla Sneegas, executive director, Indiana Tobacco Prevention Cessation.

Hancock County is the 10th municipality in Indiana to adopt a comprehensive smoke-free workplace ordinance that protects all workers, including those in restaurants and bars.


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