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As of January 1, 2014, smoking and the use of all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and vaporizers, are prohibited on Thurston County properties.  Signs are posted at all County campuses to inform visitors of this policy.

When was this decision made?

The Board of County Commissioners voted in May 2013 to 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 committee 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 tobacco free?

The goal of the tobacco-free policy is to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke for employees and for guests visiting county properties. County leaders also hope the policy will encourage employees and visitors who do use tobacco to quit.

Where can I learn more about quitting tobacco?

  • Call 1-800-QUIT NOW or 1-800-784-8669 for the Washington State Quitline

  • Go to www.smokefree.gov

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This page last updated: 01/28/22