Sagadahoc County property going tobacco-free

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BATH — Tobacco use will be banned from Sagadahoc County government grounds starting Sept. 1.

The Sagadahoc County Board of Health spearheaded the policy, which bans use of all tobacco products inside any buildings and properties owned or leased by the county, and inside county vehicles and personal vehicles that are parked on county property, according to a press release.

The policy covers smoking, vaping, cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, snuff, chew, snus, electronic cigarettes and other nicotine-delivery devices not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

“As members of the public health community, it is incumbent upon us to find meaningful ways to protect and serve the people of Sagadahoc County – and this is one more important way to do so,” Joanne Joy, chairwoman of the Sagadahoc County Board of Health, said in the press release. “The county going tobacco free not only has an immediate health impact for those who work and do business on county grounds, but also sets a clear example for the rest of the community.”