Smoke-free outdoor spaces keep our air clean and protect public health. Secondhand smoke can be as just as dangerous to breathe outdoors as indoors. Tobacco litter is also toxic and not biodegradable. Additionally, tobacco-free policies make it easier for tobacco users to quit or cut back and denormalize tobacco use.
For worksites, evidence has shown that smoke-free grounds are associated with reduced daily cigarette consumption among employees, and possibly with increased cessation. This can reduce employer health insurance costs and absenteeism rates.
Many Champaign County organizations have smoke-free grounds. We would like to thank these organizations for protecting public health.
Our sample tobacco free policy provides guidelines an organization can follow to go smoke-free outdoors. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance with policy development or for more information.
Evidence has shown that smoke-free policies in the workplace are associated with reduced daily cigarette consumption among employees, and possibly with increased cessation.