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Health district on the hunt for workplace smoking

The Spokane Regional Health District has begun its own kind of emphasis patrol, seeking to find, educate and if necessary, punish businesses that violate the state's Smoking in Public Places law. The health district is adding a part-time staffer to investigate an additional 40 complaints a month.

The law, which took effect in 2005, made it illegal to smoke inside any public building or place of employment, and within 25 feet of entrances, exits, windows that open, and ventilation intakes. The public is encouraged to report businesses that aren't complying, at (509) 232-1707, or online at www.srhd.org/services/tobaccolaw.asp




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