A law signed in August by Governor Pete Ricketts, LB840, adding e-cigarettes to the state’s smokefree workplace law, will take effect on November 14.
Employers now only have six weeks to comply with the updated law and the American Lung Association wants to help them at no cost.
Lung Association staff can provide business with free technical assistance to employers regarding strengthening, planning, implementing, complying, and maintaining smoke and tobacco-free policies.
“We help hundreds of businesses and public housing locations go smokefree and guide through the process. We are happy to continue doing so with employers here in Nebraska at no cost to them,” said Erin Smith, health promotions manager for the Lung Association in Nebraska. “We applaud the state legislature and Governor Ricketts for adding e-cigarettes to the state’s smokefree workplace law.”
Nebraska is now the 20th state to prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in existing state smoke-free provisions, and only the 11th state that prohibits use in non-hospitality workplaces, restaurants, bars and gaming facilities.
For employers interested in the help of the Lung Association, please contact Erin Smith at [email protected] or at 402-875-7627.
The guidance offered by the Lung Association for employers is made possible through grant funding. Businesses outside of Douglas County will be referred to and assisted by Tobacco Free Nebraska, which can be contacted at 402-471-2101.
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.
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