Nov 13, 2012 3:33 PM by Ian Cross
TUCSON - The Pima County Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved a proposal to ban smoking and tobacco products on all county property, including parks.
Employees and anyone on Pima County property will not be allowed to light up - no more smoking in front of buildings or designated areas.
The driving force behind the proposed tobacco-free environment policy actually comes down to saving money, in the form of hundreds of thousands of dollars in insurance cost savings.
According to United Health Care, even though smokers die much younger, they cost more to insure: between $15,000 to $17,000 more in lifetime health care.
This ban includes cigarettes and all types of tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco, hookah pipes, chewing tobacco, and even e-cigarettes.
It will cover all county facilities, and that means parking lots too. If they follow this proposal as it is written, the ban would cover Pima County parks as well.
During discussion of the proposal, Supervisor Ann Day shared a personal story of her father dying of emphysema brought about by his smoking.