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Tobacco Free Policy takes Effect on January 1, 2013

PROVO, UTAH (December 27, 2012) - - On January 1, 2013, all Ridley's Family Markets (located throughout Utah, Idaho, Nevada and Wyoming) will implement a tobacco-free policy. Though Ridley's will continue to sale tobacco products, the tobacco-free policy will prohibit smoking among Ridley's 1,000+ staff on each of the Ridley's Family Market's properties.

"Tobacco-free worksite policies like this really benefit everyone, said Toni Carpenter, Tobacco Prevention and Control Program Manager for the Utah County Health Department. "Not only do they limit secondhand smoke exposure but they also give employers the opportunity to project a positive image and reduce tobacco-related health care costs as well as lost productivity among employees. An American Productivity Audit found that, 'tobacco use was a leading cause of worker lost production time - more than alcohol abuse or family emergencies.'(1)"

The first Ridley's opened in Payson, Utah back in 1984. Today their company has grown to a chain of nineteen stores and stand alone pharmacies. Three of the nineteen Ridley's Family Markets are located in Utah County:

  • North Orem Grocery Store & Pharmacy (1585 North State Street, Orem, UT 84057)
  • Orem Grocery Store & Pharmacy (25 West Center ST, Orem, UT 84057)
  • Highland Grocery Store (5353 West 1100 North, Highland, UT 84003); which will open December 31st, 2012

The Utah County Health Department Tobacco Prevention and Control Program can help other work sites interested in implementing a tobacco-free work site policy. For help contact, Toni Carpenter, Tobacco Prevention and Control Program Manager (801) 851-7099.

Free resources are also available for smokers who want to quit. For help quitting tobacco, call the Utah Tobacco Quit Line at 1.800.QUIT.NOW or visit www.UtahQuitNet.com.

The Utah County Health Department is committed to promoting the health of our community by preventing avoidable disease and injury by monitoring the health of our community to assure conditions in which people can be healthy. For information on UCHD programs or services, please visit www.UtahCountyHealth.org or call 801-851-7000. You can also now follow the UCHD at www.FaceBook.com/uchealth, www.pinterest.com/uchd, or www.twitter.com/uchd.