Wednesday, 20 November 2002
Hilton San Francisco Exhibit Hall (0)
POLI-188-81

This presentation is part of POLI-188. Poster Session

Taking It a Step Further: Extending Smokefree Policies 20 Feet From the Door

Jody K. Durden, MPH, Sacramento County Tobacco Education Program, durdenj@saccounty.net, Elaine Tencati, CHES MPH, tencati@thethinker.com.

Learning Objectives: Attendees will be able to create a plan for working toward passage and implementation of a smokefree entryway policy.

Abstract: Over 53,000 people will die from secondhand smoke in the United States this year. In order to protect employees from this known human carcinogen, as classified by the Environmental Protection Agency, California has passed numerous laws to reduce secondhand smoke exposure indoors. But communities in California are taking it a step further and working toward outdoor smokefree areas. Following the successful implementation of smokefree entryways, windows, vents policies in Sacramento County and Yolo County, the Mayor of the City of Sacramento expressed interest in following the neighboring counties’ example. In the spring of 2002, the City of Sacramento, with the assistance of the county Tobacco Education Program, began to assess the support for such a policy. In order to provide the city with information regarding employee behavior and views about secondhand smoke, an intercept survey was conducted. Volunteers were recruited to conduct surveys of city employees during a two-day period. It was found that 73% of city employees surveyed were in favor of a smokefree entryway policy. In order to move forward with the policy, the Tobacco Education Program continues to develop relationships with contacts at the city, while working with city staff to finalize wording on the policy that will go before the City Council for a vote in April 2002. The outcome and results will be shared.

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