City celebrates one-year of smoke-free entrances; reminder of the City’s smoke-free policy
April 1 marks the one-year anniversary of the City’s updated smoke-free environment policy, which restricts tobacco use to designated areas on City property. Thanks to employee compliance with the policy, entrances to City buildings are now smoke-free.
It is the policy of the City of Minneapolis to provide a smoke-free workplace. The City Council passed the smoke-free environment policy in 2014 to address the emergence of electronic cigarettes and to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke on City property.
The policy specifies that City employees, contractors, City vendors, and members of boards and commissions may not smoke:
- During work hours. Smoking is only permitted during lunch periods and breaks.
- In City-owned facilities or on property owned by the City. Smoking is only permitted in authorized outdoor smoking areas.
- In facilities rented or leased by the City. Smoking is only authorized in outdoor smoking areas authorized by the building owner.
- In City vehicles, equipment or machinery.
The policy defines smoking as inhaling, exhaling or carrying any lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe or other lighted tobacco or plant product intended for inhalation. This includes electronic cigarettes or inhaling or exhaling vapor from any electronic delivery device. Policy violations are handled by the employee’s supervisor.
Signs posted at all City buildings notify employees that smoking and electronic cigarette use are allowed in designated areas only. See a map of designated smoking areas for all City buildings.
Published Mar 8, 2016