Health District to local businesses: comply with smoking laws - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Health District to local businesses: comply with smoking laws

SPOKANE, Wash. - Since Washington's Smoking in Public Places Law took effect in 2005, the number of workers exposed to secondhand smoke has significantly declined. The Washington State Department of Health reports a 44% drop in Spokane County between 2005 and 2008. For people working in restaurants and bars the decline was 87% statewide for that same period.

Every worker in Washington State has the right to a smoke free workplace. The Spokane Regional Health District is committed to protecting the health of all citizens in the County, including Spokane County's workforce. In March, SRHD began a new push to find, educate and in some cases fine businesses that violate Washington's Smoking in Public Places Law.  By adding a part time staffer, SRHD expects to investigate an additional 40 complaints a month.

Under the law it is illegal to smoke inside any public building or place of employment. It is also illegal to smoke within 25 feet of entrances, exits, windows that open, and ventilation intakes that serve the enclosed area where smoking is prohibited.  Businesses are also required to post signs which prohibit smoking.

To further decrease exposure to secondhand smoke, the Health District encourages the public to file a report. To report a business suspected of violating the Smoking in Public Places Law, call SRHD's complaint line at 232-1707.

Callers will not be required to leave their name or phone number but that information can be helpful to investigators. All calls to the complaint line will be investigated within 30 days.  Complaints can also be made online through the health district's website at http://www.srhd.org/services/tobaccolaw.asp  That link also provides more detailed information about the Smoking in Public Places Law.

 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • PHOTOS: Northern Lights dazzle across the region

    PHOTOS: Northern Lights dazzle across the region

    Sunday, May 28 2017 9:28 PM EDT2017-05-29 01:28:09 GMT

    KHQ.com - If you were up late Saturday night and looking up at the sky, you were treated to a beautiful light show courtesy of Mother Nature. Independence Day fireworks are still about a month away, but Saturday's Northern Lights display was just as dazzling. Several of you shared your photos with us. Click through the slide show above to see some of the photos sent to us.

    >>

    KHQ.com - If you were up late Saturday night and looking up at the sky, you were treated to a beautiful light show courtesy of Mother Nature. Independence Day fireworks are still about a month away, but Saturday's Northern Lights display was just as dazzling. Several of you shared your photos with us. Click through the slide show above to see some of the photos sent to us.

    >>
  • Police say 8 dead in Mississippi shooting

    Police say 8 dead in Mississippi shooting

    Sunday, May 28 2017 2:16 PM EDT2017-05-28 18:16:56 GMT

    BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) - Authorities say a shooting spree that left eight people dead in Mississippi began with a call regarding a domestic dispute.      The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation said in a news release Sunday that three female victims and a Lincoln County sheriff's deputy were killed. 

    >>

    BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) - Authorities say a shooting spree that left eight people dead in Mississippi began with a call regarding a domestic dispute.      The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation said in a news release Sunday that three female victims and a Lincoln County sheriff's deputy were killed. 

    >>
  • Trial set for former high school science teacher accused of lewd conduct

    Trial set for former high school science teacher accused of lewd conduct

    Sunday, May 28 2017 3:38 PM EDT2017-05-28 19:38:26 GMT

    COEUR D'ALENE (AP) - A late summer trial is scheduled for a former Lake City High School science teacher who faces lewd conduct charges.      The Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Press reports that a two-week jury trial is scheduled to begin Aug. 26 for Jeffrey Kantola. Kantola is charged with lewd conduct with a minor under the age of 16. The felony charges can carry up to 15 years in prison.

    >>

    COEUR D'ALENE (AP) - A late summer trial is scheduled for a former Lake City High School science teacher who faces lewd conduct charges.      The Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Press reports that a two-week jury trial is scheduled to begin Aug. 26 for Jeffrey Kantola. Kantola is charged with lewd conduct with a minor under the age of 16. The felony charges can carry up to 15 years in prison.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/