Volunteers teach Arcata businesses, property managers about new smoking law

Volunteers teach Arcata businesses and property managers about new smoking law




August 30, 2013

Volunteers Go Door-to-Door Explaining New Arcata Smoking Ordinance


Arcata, CA –Tobacco Education Network (TEN) coalition volunteers and Humboldt County’s Tobacco Free Humboldt Program staff members will go door-to-door to businesses and multi-unit housing complexes in Arcata to teach people about the City’s newly adopted smoking ordinance and pass out free no smoking decals.

“Our volunteers will be visiting Arcata businesses starting in the smoke-free downtown zone throughout the fall,” says Tobacco Education Network Chair Lou Moerner. “With proper signage and education, this ordinance will require little enforcing from the Arcata Police Department.”

Arcata’s changes to its existing smoking law went into effect on July 19. Ordinance number 1431 expands smoke-free zones in the City to include the Community Forest, the Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary and downtown Arcata from Seventh to 11th Streets and J Street to Highway 101. The 20 foot no smoking zone around business entryways and City facilities has been expanded to 30 feet. In multi-unit housing or apartments, smoking is now prohibited within private, unenclosed outdoor spaces in addition to common areas.

“Many residents and visitors came to us asking for a stronger smoking policy,” said Mayor Shane Brinton, who worked with public health experts to bring the new policy forward. “We know that secondhand smoke is toxic and especially harmful to infants, children, and people with medical conditions such as heart and lung disease. This smoke-free policy is a commonsense approach to protect public health and to improve quality of life in Arcata.”

A flier explaining the smoking ordinance to business owners and property managers as well as free no smoking decals are available at the Arcata Police Department at 736 F Street.

For more information about the Tobacco Free Humboldt Program or to download and print out no smoking signs, visit http://co.humboldt.ca.us/hhs/phb/tobaccofreehumboldt. Links to an informational flier and the full text of the Arcata smoking ordinance are available at www.cityofarcata.org.