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Part of the ongoing effort to improve the health of Utah County citizens

In the ongoing effort to improve public health, the Utah County has established a smoke free campus policy for Utah County government grounds.

"This policy will ensure that guests of the Health and Justice Building are not being exposed to the 4,000 dangerous chemicals found in second-hand smoke, especially the expectant mothers and children who regularly visit the building to take part in services that are offered," said Jen Tischler, Tobacco Program health educator. "This policy will also aid those participating in on campus drug treatment programs as studies show the connection of smoking cessation to support successful recovery efforts," she added, pointing to a study that said that participation in smoking cessation efforts while engaged in other substance abuse treatment has been associated with a 25% greater likelihood of long term abstinence from alcohol and other drugs (Prochaska et al, 2006).

For more information regarding this policy please see: Facility_Use_Mar_2009_1.pdf.

The Utah County Health Department is committed to promoting the health of our community, prevent avoidable disease and injury by monitoring the health of our community, and assuring 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 on at www.twitter.com/uchd or www. FaceBook.com/uchealth.