Board of Health ordinance restricts smoking and vaping in public places
Smoking and vaping is a community health concern. The Skagit County Public Health department makes it a priority to protect and improve the health of all county residents - including access to clean air.
“Smoking and vape-free policies are one of the most effective tools for protecting the health of a community,” said Jennifer Johnson, Skagit County Public Health Director. “Not only do they protect non-smokers and non-vapers from secondhand exposure, such policies can also be effective in reducing access and use by youth.”
On April 23rd, 2019 the Skagit County Board of Health passed the Smoking and Vaping in Public Places Ordinance. The Ordinance established Chapter 12.51 of the Skagit County Health Code, prohibiting the use of tobacco and vapor products in indoor public places and places of employment, as well as within 25 feet of doorways and air intakes. The Ordinance also prohibits the use of tobacco and vapor products in outdoor public places where children congregate; including, but not limited to: playgrounds, parks, beaches, athletic field, and stadiums.
A full description of public places, as well as the entire code, can be found online at: https://www.codepublishing.com/WA/SkagitCounty/.