Smoking Shelters Required
With state legislations on smoking bans going up, and a lack of tolerance for smokers also on the rise, the need for designated smoking safe zones and, subsequently, smoking shelters is far greater now than ever before.
As of February 2010, 7 states enacted laws to ban smoking in most enclosed public places. The indoor environments that are exempt from the ban, if they choose, are adult venues such as bars and casinos. The best example of this is in Nevada where most, if not all, casinos permit indoor smoking. As of March 2010, however, 26 states have enacted laws to ban smoking in all public places including bars and restaurants. (Wikipedia.com)
More and more states are adopting such smoking ban laws for indoor environments, such as workplaces; and to go even further, some states are playing with the idea of smoking ban laws applied to all general public outdoor areas. Don’t think it’s possible? Let’s take a look at California for just a second:
On March 17, 2006, Bloomberg reported that Calabasas, California passed a law that made it much harder to smoke in public. The law banned smoking in almost any place that people gathered, both indoor and outdoor.
On April 05, 2010, the Los Angeles Times reported that California legislators sent a bill to the governor, seeking to ban smoking at all state beaches and parks.
The reality is that more and more Americans are in favor of smoking ban laws, especially in public places—and furthermore in workplaces. The Virginians for a Healthier Future, a lobbying group, boast that 75% of polled voters approve a statewide smoking ban in all public places. (Chelyen Davis, Fredericksburg.com)
What does this mean for you?
It means, that in order to abide by the current laws, or in order to consider the needs and feelings of smokers and non-smokers alike, it is time to put some serious thought into providing a smoking shelter for your employees and customers.
As you can tell by the few statistics above, the rise in smoking ban laws is in no way about to slow down. Needless to say, it is imperative that all business owners and managers begin to consider the benefits of installing a smoking shelter that will encourage a safe and healthy tolerance for smokers, while compromising to the needs of non-smokers as well.