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Olmsted County Public Health Service is creating a healthier community by promoting the reduction of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, by connecting health professionals and the public to valuable resources. We provide education and consultation on the effects of tobacco use in all forms, link people to tobacco cessation resources and offer guidance on community-based tobacco prevention programs.
Great strides have been made all across the county in regards to traditionally tobacco products with increased prevention messaging and education, and laws restricting age of purchase. However, e-cigarette use and vaping is now considered an epidemic among young people according to the U.S. Surgeon General and the Federal Drug Administration. There are cases all over the nation of people suffering from lung damage linked to vaping. More information can be found at these websites:
Minnesota Department of Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Reminder: All county-owned properties and grounds are tobacco-free. Tobacco products (cigarettes, cigars, chew, e-cigarettes, etc) are not be permitted on grounds near county government buildings, including the Government Center and all Campus offices. Signage is placed throughout the properties to alert visitors, residents and staff about the new policy. Smoking will be allowed in designated areas in parks, at Silver Creek Corner and Transitional Offender housing facilities, and inside personal vehicles.