Vaping is now officially banned in all Dale County-owned buildings and county-owned vehicles.
At the commission meeting July 23, the Dale County Commission unanimously approved an updated safety manual policy that prohibits vaping.
Vaping is the use of an electronic device to inhale the vapor created when the liquid or solid content heats up and vaporizes. Initially marketed as a safe alternative to smoking, the electronic devices called e-cigarettes do deliver nicotine into the body of the user.
“The Dale County Commission, as the legal custodian of county property, recognizes its obligation to project and encourage a positive image of health and well-being,” according to the policy. “Therefore a restricted use policy as been established for visitors and employees providing for a smoke free/tobaccoless environment.”
The policy includes a ban on the use of cigarettes, cigars, pipes and electronic cigarettes in county buildings and vehicles.
“When a violation of this smoking policy is observed, county employees should approach the person involved and inform the violator of the smoking regulations,” according to the written policy. “If the violator is a person other than a county employee and does not cease to smoke, or if other problems arise, contact the Dale County Sheriff’s Office.”
A policy violator who is a county employee is subject to existing rules and regulations which include written counseling for a first offense, a three-day suspension for a second offense and termination of employment for a third offense.