Tobacco-Free ODOT begins Jan. 1, 2013
We want to inform you of a change coming to many state-controlled properties beginning Jan. 1, 2013: Governor Kitzhaber has signed an Executive Order making most state-controlled properties tobacco-free. ODOT is adopting this change as agency policy.
- Smoking is already prohibited inside all State of Oregon facilities by Oregon’s Smokefree Workplace Law that went into effect in January 2002.
- The Governor’s executive order further prohibits smoking on the properties adjacent to state buildings, including parking lots and state-controlled sidewalks and greenways.
The executive order excludes state agency grounds maintained primarily for use by the public, such as highway rest areas, public roads, public sidewalks and public beaches; it also provides more time for state parks and state universities to implement the order.
However, ODOT-owned or controlled buildings must comply with the order beginning Jan. 1, 2013.
We wanted to let you know of these coming changes so you can plan ahead if you’re visiting ODOT or other state agency buildings or parking lots after the New Year. You can find more information online at http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/COMM/Pages/Tobacco-free-ODOT.aspx.