LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – Starting Saturday, October 19, La Crosse County’s downtown buildings and grounds are completely smoke-free.
The move, approved by the Board of Supervisors earlier this month, covers the Administrative Center, Health and Human Services building, courthouse, and Law Enforcement Center.
The new policy covers outdoor areas as well such as walkways and parking lots.
According to a release from the county, the policy is an expansion of prohibitions on the use of any tobacco or nicotine products on grounds and property owned by the county including vehicles.
The prohibition includes cigarettes, little cigars, chewing tobacco, and all electronic smoking/vaping devices.
Besides staff, the ban covers visitors, vendors, consultants, contractors or volunteers.
“Diseases caused by secondhand smoke continue to kill over 40,000 people in the United States each
year,” said La Crosse County Health Officer Jen Rombalski in the release. “Smoke-free policies that address both
indoor and outdoor spaces are some of the best ways to promote good health and protect the health of
the public and county employees from secondhand smoke.“
A number of other counties and cities around Wisconsin have smoke-free properties.