Five Years of Smoke-Free
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Smoke-free is now a way of life in Douglas County and Nebraska, where most indoor public smoking was prohibited five years ago.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† The Nebraska Clean Indoor Air Act became law on June 1, 2009. The law‚Äôs purpose is to protect the public‚Äôs health and welfare by eliminating smoking in indoor public places and places of employment with a few exemptions, such as cigar bars and tobacco-only retailers.
¬†‚ÄúThe Douglas County Health Department has fielded 77 complaints since the law went into effect in 2009,‚ÄĚ said Chrissy Stewart, Air Pollution Technician with the Douglas County Health Department.¬† ‚ÄúWe encourage Douglas County residents who see a smoking violation to contact the Department.‚ÄĚ
¬†To report a violation, call the Douglas County Health Department at (402) 444-7496 OR use the on-line complaint form at: http://www.douglascountyhealth.com/healthy-living/prevention-programs/tobacco-prevention.
¬†The tobacco-free living movement continues to grow in Douglas County. MOTAC and the Douglas County Health Department have identified and worked with 79 living environments on smoke-free policies. An effort is underway to make city parks tobacco-free and the University of Nebraska at Omaha a smoke-free campus.