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Health Department Bans Smoking on Its Grounds

Health Department Bans Smoking on Its Grounds

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Starting on Sunday, anyone visiting or working for the Utah Department of Health will either need to find somewhere else to light up or quit smoking.

The department has adopted a tobacco-free policy for its buildings and grounds. Services will be offered to those who want to kick their smoking habit.

The goal of the tobacco-free policy announced today is to improve the health of employees and visitors by reducing exposure to second-hand smoke and promoting quitting. Health department buildings have been smoke-free since 1995. But until the enactment of this policy, anyone could smoke 25 feet away from entrances and anywhere on the outdoor campus.

Smoking will now be banned on all UDOH grounds, including sidewalks and parking lots.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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