People should not be forced to walk through a wall of smoke when entering public buildings. The Surgeon General has declared that there is no safe level of secondhand smoke. It can trigger allergies, asthma attacks and other breathing problems.
Worksites and CBOs
TAC is working with businesses and community organizations to implement voluntary entryway bans and grounds policies. We are grant funded to provide free technical assistance to create policies and signage to support with implementation of policies.
- Business and Community Policies
- TFO Worksite Brochure
- TFO Worksite Policy and Signage form
Why Make Your Worksite grounds tobacco-free?
Our 2019 Community Tobacco Survey of Adult Residents of Nassau and Suffolk Counties indicated overwhelmingly that adult residents on Long Island are far more in favor of policies that prohibit smoking in the entrance of public buildings/workplaces as well as o the entire grounds of all workplaces.
Tobacco-free grounds policies prevent secondhand smoke from entering buildings and impacting employees’ health.
The Tobacco Action Coalition of LI is available to:
- Provide technical assistance with policy development
- Presentations or informal lunch and learns
- Sample policies, timelines and outreach materials
- Assist in planning a launch event and press release
- Assist in accessing cessation information
- Provide some free signage
TAC is working with local colleges to create tobacco grounds policies to protect the health of students and faculty, as well as, the campus environment.
Parks, playgrounds, beaches and other recreational areas should be places that people can go to enjoy the outdoors, breathe fresh air and exercise. They should not be exposed to secondhand smoke or vapor. Another public health concern is tobacco litter which is hazardous to children and wildlife. Over 500 municipalities throughout the state have implemented such policies which are listed on TobaccoFreeNYS.org.
TAC is educating local municipalities about the benefits of adopting tobacco use regulations and available to provide free technical assistance to create policies and signage to support with implementation of policies.
Learn more about secondhand smoke on the Related Links Page