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Oswego County Legislature Approves Ban on Tobacco Use

OSWEGO COUNTY – The Oswego County Legislature recently passed Local Law Number 4 of 2016, which bans the use of tobacco products and e-cigarettes on county property.

This followed a public hearing that was held at 2 p.m. on Aug. 11, just prior to the Legislature’s August meeting at the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse in Pulaski.

“This is a positive step forward that will benefit the health of our employees and residents,” said Legislator John Proud, District 7, chairman of the County Legislature’s Health Committee. “Studies show that smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, and e-cigarettes also emit pollutants. We need to be pro-active about tackling these important health issues.”

The law prohibits the use of all tobacco products and electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) on all property owned or leased by the county.

It takes effect in September and “NO SMOKING” signs will be placed in prominent locations near all property entrances.

Any violation of the law carries a punishment of a civil penalty in the amount of $500, with subsequent violations punishable with fines of up to $1,000.

“Our first priority is to protect and promote the health and well-being of our citizens,” said Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang. “Smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke are known health hazards. It will be a benefit to all, especially to children, to be able to breathe air free of disease-causing toxins.”

He added, “This law includes e-cigarettes. It shows the Oswego County Legislature’s leadership and determination in curbing conventional and non-combustion cigarettes. E-cigarettes are relatively new and many existing tobacco-related laws only pertain to combustion cigarettes. It is an important move to include e-cigarettes.”

The intention of the law is to eliminate exposure to smoke and residue from tobacco products and e-cigarettes as well as to encourage smoking cessation among current smokers to promote life longevity and reduce disease and its cost to society.

Huang said the new law is an important part of the county health department’s mission.

“Good health is determined by a variety of factors which are also being addressed to help improve the quality of life for residents,” he said.

In addition to Legislator Proud, other members of the County Legislature’s Health committee include committee vice chairman James Karasek, District 22, Granby; Frank Castiglia Jr., District 25, Fulton; Heather DelConte, District 18, Volney; Margaret Kastler, District 1, Sandy Creek; Morris Sorbello, District 23, Granby; and Terry Wilbur, District 21, Hannibal.

For more information about the law, call 349-3545 or visit http://www.oswegocounty.com/health/

14 Comments

  1. great. i hope in the name of public safety that parks are prohibited from bbqs as well. the smoke from those damn grills are every bit as dangerous

  2. May we have a map please?
    It seems that might cover a large area. I do not use tabacco, but am curious as to the entire are they are talking about.
    Map please.
    Cigarettes, also release radiation, how about a complete ban?

  3. Hmmm…Does that include walking down a county road as well? BBQ grills and radiation? What an overreaction, regardless of the potential harm. Incidently, this has nothing to do with “republican philosophy”. However, it does have everything to do with excessive regulation as well as lack of common sense. The paranioa of it all can clearly be seen by some of the above comments by others.

  4. Radiation?? Do you mean like when you get X-rays at the dentist, or from the sun? Just wondering, because if that’s the case, I’ll just stay indoors and let my teeth fall out.

  5. WHO THE HELL GAVE THE LEGISLATURE THE RIGHT TO MAKE DECISIONS FOR OTHERS I HAVE BEEN A SMOKER SINCE THE AGE OF 11 AND I AM NOW 34YRS OLD AND HAVE BEEN TOLD MY LUNGS SOUND GREAT. NO ONE IS GOING TO TELL ME I CAN’T SMOKE

  6. I would love to see proof that someone got a lung related disease because they walked by someone smoking outside 20 or 30 feet away from them.

  7. Has everything to do with Republican philosophy, as you so rightfully point out, over regulation. Common sense as well, although, that appears absent in both parties.

  8. This is just outrageous and a huge overreaction …smh I’m moving outta county if this is the case

  9. Over regulation is hardly a “Republican philosophy” , especially concerning this issue as well as most others. In this case, it’s much more of an agenda based decision being pushed and promoted mostly by health regulators who are more predominately liberals by defenition and occupation. It also has much more to do with political correctness which is also a liberal trait.

  10. Question: If this regulation is based on “Republican philosopy”, why are Republicans always being accused of being in smoke filled back rooms making laws and cutting deals by the liberal left?

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