Tobacco Free Lancaster County (TFLC, tobaccofreelancastercounty.org) reminds business owners and patrons in Lincoln about the Lincoln Smoking Regulation Act, which prohibits smoking and the use of electronic smoking devices in enclosed indoor workspaces and indoor public places.
This ordinance was enacted to protect workers and the public from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke and aerosols. Inhaling secondhand smoke can increase the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, lung cancer and other respiratory illnesses such as asthma and bronchitis. While e-cigarettes do not produce smoke, they do release an aerosol containing harmful chemicals, including nicotine, heavy metals and flavorings that can cause lung damage. Breathing in secondhand e-cigarette aerosol can also increase the risk of respiratory problems, especially for individuals with pre-existing conditions such as asthma.
To help with compliance, businesses can post “No Smoking, Including E-cigarettes” signs in highly visible areas such as entrances and restrooms. These door decals are available at no charge, just email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department at (402) 441-8045. By working together, we can create a healthier and safer environment for everyone.
Funding for Tobacco Free Lancaster County is provided by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services/Tobacco Free Nebraska Program as a result of the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement. For more information, go to tobaccofreelancastercounty.org.