Smokefree Workplaces

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More than 60% of Palmer voters supported a 2012 ballot initiative banning smoking in all workplaces, including restaurants and bars, making Palmer the first smokefree city in the Mat-Su Borough.

Everyone has the right to breathe smokefree air!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 the Smokefree Alaska bill, SB 63, was signed into law by the Governor Bill Walker. Many organizations worked together for a number of years in support of this law’s passage: the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the American Lung Association in Alaska, the American Heart Association, AARP, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, among other groups and individuals. This is a significant public health bill since most people spend the majority of their waking hours at work.

Secondhand smoke exposure and or aerosol in the workplace can have serious harmful consequences for workers and employers alike. In fact, studies have shown that nonsmoking bar and restaurant workers have a 30% higher risk of lung cancer than all other nonsmokers. Smokefree workplace policies not only protect employees and the public from the dangers of secondhand smoke and aerosol, they also:

  • Reduce cleaning and maintenance costs
  • Increase productivity
  • Lower insurance rates

What’s more, numerous economic studies have shown that smokefree policies do not hurt business in restaurants or bars, and in some cases may improve business.

To learn more about Alaska’s Smokefree Workplace law, or to access downloadable, mandatory No Smoking signs visit http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Chronic/Pages/Tobacco/SmokefreeWorkplace/default.aspx.