Board of Health considering Smoking and Vaping in Public Places Ordinance

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- Smoking and vaping is a community health concern. The quality of individual citizen’s health, access to clean air, and benefit to public health and safety are a priority of the Public Health Department. It is the goal of this ordinance to reduce access and exposure to smoking and vaping for children and youth, as well as promote a healthier environment for all residents.

An ordinance presented March 12th, 2019 to the Skagit County Board of Health seeks public comment on the proposal. A public hearing is set for 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, 2019. The entire proposed ordinance can be found online at skagitcounty.net/health. Written comments can be submitted through April 9, 2019 online at www.skagitcounty.net/health, or by email to julied@co.skagit.wa.us. Comments can also be mailed/delivered to: 700 South Second Street, Mount Vernon, WA 98273-1071.

“Smoking and vape free policies are one of the most effective tools for protecting the health of a community. Not only do they protect non-smokers and non-vapers from second hand exposure, such policies can also be effective in reducing access and use by youth”, says Jennifer Johnson, Skagit County Public Health Director./

Currently, Skagit County Public Health has not formally adopted the WA State Smoking in Public Places Law which has been in effect statewide since 2005 or taken actions to restrict vaping in public places that are allowed under the WA State Vapor Products Law. The proposed Smoking and Vaping in Public Places ordinance would ensure smoke and vape free environments in indoor public places, indoor places of employment, and outdoor public places where children congregate.

Find more information about the proposed Smoking and Vaping in Public Places ordinance online at www.skagitcounty.net/health.