Tobacco use is the
#1 cause of preventable death in the United
States. Tobacco harms the body causing many diseases
and affecting the health of people who use it. If
you don't use tobacco, don't start. If you use
tobacco, quit. Quitting tobacco has immediate as
well as long term benefits for you and your loved
There is no safe amount of
secondhand smoke. Even brief exposure can be
harmful to your health.
Scroll down for more information about quitting
tobacco, secondhand smoke, smoke-free housing, youth
access prevention, and helpful links.
Thurston County properties
go tobacco free January 1, 2014
On January 1, 2014 smoking and the use of
all tobacco products, including
e-cigarettes and vaporizers, will be
prohibited on Thurston County properties.
Signs will be posted at all County
campuses to inform visitors of this
When was this decision made?
The Board of County Commissioners
voted in May 2013
ban smoking, e-cigarettes and the use of
other tobacco products from county buildings
and grounds with few exceptions.
The vote came after a three year process
that included the work of an employee
to update the county’s tobacco policy.
The committee considered several different
policy options, and ultimately recommended
that all county properties be tobacco free,
similar to policies for Mason County
government, Providence St. Peter Hospital,
and South Puget Sound Community College.
Why is Thurston County going tobacco free?
The goal of the new tobacco-free policy is
to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke for
employees and for guests visiting county
properties. County leaders also hope the new
policy will encourage employees and visitors
who do use tobacco to quit.
Where can I learn more about quitting
E-cigarettes are battery-operated disposable or
rechargeable devices designed to deliver nicotine,
flavor, and other chemicals. There are three (3)
main pieces to an e-cigarette: the battery, the
vaporizer or atomizer, and the cartridge which
contains the liquid nicotine, flavorings, and other
chemicals. While some e-cigarettes are designed to
look similar to a cigarette many look like everyday
items like pens or USB memory sticks.
Approximately 70% of smokers
want to quit.
If you are interested in learning more
about quitting click the more button below.
Please be aware that the Washington State
Quit Line 1-800-QUIT-NOW is no longer able
to serve everyone who calls them.
For more information Quit Line Services
please Click here.
here for more information on...
- What Happens After You Quit
- Five Keys for Quitting
There is no safe exposure to
- To learn more about the Smoking in
Public Places Law or how to report a
- To learn more about Secondhand Smoke
and its health effects,
the places where exposure often occurs is in or
around people’s housing.
- To find out more about smoke-free
housing, including information for
landlords and renters,
The Youth Access Law
prevents minors from purchasing or
possessing tobacco products.
- Youth Access Law
- Report a Violation