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Health departments send toolkits to help taverns, private clubs transition to smoke-free

Publication Date: 12/15/2008
  • Publication:StandardNet, Utah

In making the smoke-free transition a little easier for taverns and private clubs, local health departments are putting the toolkit in the mail.

The smoke-free taverns and private clubs law goes into effect on Jan. 1. The law was approved by the Legislature in 2006 to create a healthier environment for patrons and workers.

The kit being distributed to the different taverns and clubs needing to make the switch explains the law and underscores the fact that smoke-free laws can protect health without hurting business, health officials said.

The kits include fact sheets and smoke-free materials like stickers, signs, posters, table tents and napkins to promote the law.

"We're thrilled Utah is joining hundreds of other cities, states and countries in protecting residents' health," said David Neville, Utah Department of Health Tobacco Prevention and Control Program media coordinator.

"We can celebrate the New Year knowing employees and patrons alike will be protected from the serious health effects of secondhand smoke," Neville said in a prepared statement.