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Legislation bans indoor smoking lounges

At Champlain Cable Corp., the employee smoking room was closed down last fall, sending smokers outside. Employees were offered help to quit smoking.

What the Colchester cable manufacturer did voluntarily could soon be required throughout Vermont at the dwindling number of companies with indoor smoking areas. Legislation that would ban indoor smoking lounges — shutting down smokers’ last refuge in the workplace — is likely headed for law.

Today, the House passed a bill that cleared the Senate earlier this year. Gov. Jim Douglas said of the bill, “I guess I’m amenable to that.”

“There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke,” said Rep. Patsy French, D-Randolph, told fellow House members. “Passing smoke-free workplace legislation saves lives and prevents serious illness while saving Vermont money.”

Many employers locked the door on smoking lounges years ago. Just 6 percent of respondents to a 2008 tobacco survey said someone had been smoking in their area of the workplace in the last week. In the same survey, 95 percent said smoking should not be allowed indoors at work and 90 of smokers surveyed agreed.

Some 83,000 Vermonters smoke, according to the Health Department.
Kate Coburn, tobacco treatment specialist at Fletcher Allen Health Care who advises companies on how to go smoke-free, said large businesses tend to go smoke-free first, followed by smaller ones.

Jorge Quintana, human resources manager at Champlain Cable, said some of the company’s employees asked that the small smoking room shut down. Even an exhaust vent couldn’t rid the plant of cigarette smoke, he said.

Champlain Cable didn’t go cold turkey. Employees were given time to get used to it and help quitting, Quintana said. The smoking room was closed in November. As of July 4, employees won’t be able to smoke on company grounds, Quintana said.

“You don’t say tomorrow you’re not allowed to smoke,” Coburn said. “You’ve got to phase things in so people can get to a place where they can succeed.”

Her program is working with employees at Champlain Cable on weaning themselves of tobacco. The services are available for free.

Sheri Lynn, tobacco control program chief with the state Health Department, said the state will offer businesses help in making the transition.

The House made one exception in its bill: the state Veterans Home in Bennington. An outcry from residents tugged at the heartstrings of local legislators. According to the bill, the home will have until July 2014 to get used to the idea. That change would have to be worked out with the Senate before the bill goes to the governor.

Quintana said some employees have made use of the smoking cessation help, others continue to smoke outside the plant doors. As of July 4, though, they won’t be able to do that, as the company has chosen to make smoking off limits on company grounds.

Source: M.burlingtonfreepress

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