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7/15/2015 Group Watch: Tuscaloosa Mayor Bans Tobacco

In six months, the citizens and visitors of Tuscaloosa will no longer be allowed to use any tobacco products on property owned by the city. Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox recently issued an executive order banning the use of tobacco, including smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes, at all City of Tuscaloosa facilities January 1, 2016. The policy will affect all facilities, grounds, vehicles and parking areas owned, rented or leased by the City of Tuscaloosa. The only areas not affected will be pre-existing designated smoking areas at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater and the city’s parks. No new areas will be designated. The city cited the danger of second-hand smoke, reduction of litter and promotion of better health as the reasons for the change. The city will provide resources and an information campaign to those employees who wish to break their addiction to tobacco products.


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