Tuscaloosa to implement tobacco-free policy in 2016

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — City of Tuscaloosa facilities, grounds and vehicles will become tobacco-free effective January 1, 2016 according to a press release from the city.

This includes cigarettes, e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. All tobacco products will be prohibited in facilities, grounds and parking areas that are owned, rented or leased by the City of Tuscaloosa.

The new policy is meant to protect people from the dangers of second-hand smoke, while promoting a healthier environment for all and reducing littering.

The City plans to provide resources to support staff as they transition to the new policy. Over coming months, Tuscaloosa will implement information campaigns and work with employees who wish to quit using tobacco products.

These decisions follow the University of Alabama’s decision to make their campus smoke-free in 2015. This also follows Governor Bentley’s proposed tax hikes on cigarettes in the state of Alabama.

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