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Otter Tail County going smoke free

Published 11:21am Wednesday, June 27, 2012

All properties owned and operated by Otter Tail County will go smoke-free beginning Jan. 1, 2013. On Tuesday, the board approved a memorandum of understanding that outlines the smoke-free policy.

The approved smoke-free policy memorandum of understanding defines that smoking will be prohibited in all Otter Tail County buildings, grounds and vehicles owned and operated by the county including pool cars, snow plows and law enforcement vehicles.

Phelps Mill is a county-owned park, so smoking will no longer be allowed on its grounds; however, CARE Drug Treatment Unit is owned but not operated by the county, so the policy doesn’t apply to it.

The policy will apply to county employees, contractors, vendors and visitors to county property. Employees will be provided several notices of the upcoming change and offered tobacco cessation resources.

The purpose for the smoke-free policy is to help provide a healthy work environment for employees, visitors and contractors. The policy will help support those who want to quit or have already quit, according to the memorandum of understanding.

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