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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Smoke-Free Arizona

What is the Smoke-Free Arizona program?

  • Helps educate businesses and assist them in coming into compliance with the Smoke-Free Arizona law.
  • Provides free signage to local businesses required by the law.
  • Investigates complaints of businesses violating the law.

Why is it needed?

Secondhand smoke kills more than 53,000 people every year, and can be a health hazard for people working in places where smoking is allowed.

Who is eligible?

  • All local businesses and concerned community members
  • Businesses that need assistance in maintaining a smoke-free environment

Is there a cost?

No, there are no individual costs. Arizona Department of Health Services funds this program with proceeds from tobacco taxes.

What are the goals of the program?

  • Encourage businesses and people to find out more about the efforts to provide Arizona residents and visitors with smoke-free environments. Learn more at www.smokefreearizona.org.
  • Ensure that local businesses comply with the Smoke-Free Arizona law by keeping indoor areas smoke-free, moving outdoor smoking at least 20 feet from doors and windows, and posting proper signage.

What has the program achieved?

  • The program has sent informational packets (including free signage) to over 4,000 local businesses.
  • The program has investigated all violation complaints submitted online and by phone.
  • The program has helped ensure that businesses provide healthier, smoke-free environments for their employees.

Who can I contact for more information?

For more information, to submit a complaint, or order free signage go to www.smokefreearizona.org, or contact Community Health Education.

Fast Facts:

There is no safe level of exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke. Neither ventilation nor filtration, even in combination, can reduce the exposure indoors to levels that are considered acceptable. Only 100 percent smoke-free environments provide effective protection.  (World Health Organization)

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