Smok­ing banned at 2 build­ings

The Denver Post - - NEWS -

colorado springs» El Paso County of­fi­cials want to clear the air at its two flag­ship fa­cil­i­ties.

Be­gin­ning New Year’s Day, no to­bacco prod­ucts will be al­lowed at the Cit­i­zens Ser­vice Cen­ter or Cen­ten­nial Hall cam­puses as part of a pi­lot pro­gram aimed at cut­ting health risks.

The ban in­cludes tra­di­tional cig­a­rettes, as well as e-cig­a­rettes and chew­ing to­bacco. It ap­plies to em­ploy­ees and vis­i­tors alike, and it in­cludes park­ing ar­eas and open spa­ces on each prop­erty.

The pol­icy aims to limit ex­po­sure to sec­ond-hand smoke while lim­it­ing health care costs. Ev­ery year, more than 480,000 peo­ple die from ail­ments caused by smok­ing cig­a­rettes — an es­ti­mated 41,000 of whom die from ex­po­sure to sec­ond­hand smoke, the CDC says.

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