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February 10, 2014

Essex County aims to clear the air

ELIZABETHTOWN — Essex County Public Health Director Linda Beers said her agency is working with Adirondack Tobacco Free Network toward many of the same goals.

The Essex County Public Health Department is committed to efforts like eliminating second-hand smoke and preventing initiation to smoking, she said.

One of their accomplishments has been to make the Essex County Government Center tobacco-free. There are now just a handful of smoking areas located a distance from the buildings in the complex.

“We worked diligently to make this campus tobacco-free,” Beers said. “Change is hard for all people. We have people who cut their smoking in half because it was so inconvenient.”

She said they’d like to work with town officials to do the same at those offices.

“We’d like to make every building smoke-free, every town. We’d be at their door if they want us.”

Other possibilities are large businesses that would like to go tobacco-free, like International Paper’s Ticonderoga mill, Beers said.

“We’re looking at work sites going tobacco-free. We’re looking at Ti mill, how do they accommodate it; those are things we’d be happy to help them with.

“It’s a multi-level approach. We’re always out pounding the pavement.”

Email Lohr McKinstry:lmckinstry@pressrepublican.com

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