Saying that health care costs for the county have been skyrocketing lately, especially to cover employees who smoke, and in the spirit of encouraging county workers to quit smoking, Lincoln County Commissioners today said all smoking on county properties will cease within 90 days. The smoking ban will include the Lincoln County Fairgrounds. However, smoking will be allowed on county park property but not within 25 feet of any building associated with the park.
The smoking shelter on the south side of the courthouse will be removed. Smoking in cars parked on county property will also be banned.
County officials say that although it’s hard to quit smoking, there are a number of county sponsored programs that work. County health insurance programs are also abundant.
County Commissioner Bill Hall said “How can we strongly urge residents and families of Lincoln County to refrain from unhealthy activities if we don’t ban them ourselves?”
Again, the smoking ban takes effect in 90 days.