We count on signs every day to send us in the right direction. Very soon, a few new ones in Mecklenburg County will be aiming folks to a healthier lifestyle.
Brand-new sandwich board signs are popping up on government-owned property, reminding visitors and residents that the grounds will soon be smoke-free.
The “coming soon” sandwich boards are part of an ongoing community information effort in advance of March 18, 2015, when a tobacco-free ordinance and smoke-free Board of Health Rule take effect. These particular signs serve as advance notice until additional permanent signage goes up.
“We know that effective signage and continued education are essential to getting results from this type of initiative,” said Dr. Marcus Plescia, Mecklenburg County health director.
Expect to see the temporary signs in high-traffic locations, like the plaza at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center and parking deck, CATS Transit Centers, Old City Hall, Department of Social Services - Billingsley Road campus, Valerie Woodard Center, the Hal Marshall center, and other spots.
Reducing chronic disease is Mecklenburg County’s highest health priority. Tobacco use is the number-one cause of many chronic illnesses, heart disease, stroke and certain types of cancer. Cutting tobacco use rates will save hundreds of lives and millions of dollars in Mecklenburg County every year.
About the Board of Health Rule and County Ordinance:
Effective March 18, 2015, a Board of Health Rule prohibits smoking in all government-owned buildings in Mecklenburg County, the City of Charlotte, and surrounding Mecklenburg County towns, as well as any City, County or Town vehicles, grounds, parks, greenways, or parklands. A separate County ordinance makes Mecklenburg County parks and buildings on park property tobacco-free, with the exception of some regional parks and County-owned/run golf courses. The tobacco-free designation includes e-cigarettes, smokeless tobaccos, water pipes, etc., as well as cigarettes.
Learn more about the benefits of tobacco-free environments at www.tobaccofreemeck.org
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