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Smoking ban to affect all county parks, buildings

Smoking ban to affect all county parks, buildings

CREATED Nov. 14, 2012

Reporter: Aaron Brackett

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - National studies show that smokers die younger and cost around fifteen thousand dollars more to insure during their lifetimes -- now, Pima County is attempting to cut that number down.

Tuesday, the Pima County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a smoking and tobacco ban on all county property including public parks.

Betty Moore doesn't smoke, and says she is in favor of the ban.

"I think its great because it can protect those of us who cannot be around smoke, said Moore. "My daughter and I both get sick, we have asthma."

One woman didnt want to be named, but told 9OYS the new policy angers her saying "I have a right to smoke in a public park if i want to"

Denise Mowery is a smoker, but doesn't mind the rule.

"It does cost the taxpayers money for healthcare and things like that for people that don't smoke to have to pay for that," said Mowery. "We as smokers should have to take on that responsibility ourselves."

That responsibility to snuff out will promote better health according to Pima County Facilities Manager Reid Spaulding.

"Its widely accepted that smoking is not beneficial to one's health, so as part of our wellness program and part of the concern of the employees its best in the county and public interest to ban this for health reasons," said Spaulding.

With every county park, building, and even Pima County vehicles becoming smoke free, 9OYS wants to know: how is the policy going to be enforced??

"The extent of our enforcement will be notification and appropriate signage at facilities where folks congregate notifying them that it is a smokeless campus," answered Spaulding. "The enforcement will be self enforcement."