County Grounds

County government buildings and grounds are important community gathering locations especially in our rural area. Most citizens frequent these buildings and grounds on a regular basis, including our children and vulnerable adults. That is why it is so important that all citizens and County employees are protected from tobacco exposure not only in county buildings, but also anywhere on the surrounding campus and grounds.

Prohibiting tobacco use in outdoor spaces automatically reduces secondhand smoke exposure. The dangers of secondhand smoke are well established. Numerous studies document that secondhand smoke contains the same deadly chemicals as the smoke directly inhaled from a cigarette. Exposure to secondhand smoke is linked to a wide range of serious and life threatening health problems including heart disease, cancer, sudden infant death syndrome, ear infections, asthma, and other respiratory problems.

While most scientific evidence relates to indoor exposure, recent studies have found that secondhand smoke exposure levels can be significant outdoors, particularly when smokers are in close proximity to one another.

Communities that have gone tobacco free for their entire government building grounds are heroes to the so many people they are protecting. Countryside SHIP would like to congratulate and thank the following counties including their board of commissioners and citizens for their adoption of tobacco free county grounds policies:

  • Lac qui Parle County (no smoking on entire campus of county buildings)
  • Big Stone County (currently no smoking within 25 feet of buildings)

To read about exciting partnerships related to tobacco in our area, click on the link below:

Smoke Free Community Partners

If you are interested in partnering with us to work towards tobacco free county grounds, we would love to hear from you. Contact Countryside SHIP.

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