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Jan 26

Going smoke-free at work

Posted on January 26, 2019 at 12:43 PM by Katie Combs Prichard

On Sept. 27, the Placer County Government Center campus in North Auburn officially went smoke-free under a new ordinance. That means that smoking— including the use of inhaled or exhaled products that produce smoke or vapor, and the use of electronic smoking devices — is now prohibited within campus boundaries, including on sidewalks and in vehicles, except in interim designated smoking areas (which will all phase out by 2021).

This move stems from our desire to provide employees, clients and residents with a healthy and safe environment — and to help prevent smoking related illnesses and death. Smoking is the cause of 1 in 6 deaths in Placer County.

We at Placer are the latest in a series of local governments, schools, hospitals and other businesses that have moved towards smoke-free environments, both in our county and elsewhere in California and the nation. If you have the desire to start this conversation in your own workplace, you can reach out to our Tobacco Prevention Program for advice at 530-889-7161. In our case, the process involved assessing tobacco use on campus, surveying workers and visitors, convening a committee representing different pieces of our organization, and together developing a vision for what the policy looks like and how to support its implementation.

Smoke-free campuses may be challenging for smokers, and it’s important to make clear that they are not forcing anyone to quit — just restricting the locations where smoking can occur. But these policies are a good opportunity not only to protect the health of those on your property but also to share resources with those who have an interest in quitting but just need a little extra support.

If you are interested in quitting smoking, there are many resources available, from quit kits to cessation classes. Several local providers, including Kaiser, Sutter and Chapa-De, offer programs to members. You can also call the statewide helpline at (800) 662-8887, and find more information about our own ordinance and other resources online at For more information about local quitting resources, you can contact our Tobacco Prevention Program at 530-889-7161.

We appreciate our community’s efforts to support healthier, tobacco-free lives.

Be Well,

Dr. Rob, Robert Oldham, is Placer County’s public health officer and lives in Roseville. Contact his office at 530-889-7141.