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Alliance to host smoke-free business seminars

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Educational organization One Air Alliance is holding two seminars June 9 to help businesses prepare for the June 11 ban that would put an end to smoking in Springfield workplaces, restaurants and bars.

The free seminars will be held at noon and 4 p.m. at Community Foundation of the Ozarks, 425 E. Trafficway St., according to a news release from One Air Alliance, the organization that collected more than 1,800 signatures to bring the smoking ban ordinance before voters in April.

“Our goal is to help protect community health, while also serving as a resource for businesses in the weeks and months ahead,” One Air Alliance Volunteer Chairman Stephen Hall said in the release. “We want to help make this transition as smooth as possible for everyone.”

The June 9 seminars will focus on helping businesses become smoke-free by:
  • highlighting a smoke-free implementation resource guide;
  • providing information about local smoking cessation programs for employees;
  • showcasing how other local businesses have implemented smoke free programs; and
  • distributing no smoking signs for businesses and vehicles.
As space is limited, businesses are encouraged to RSVP by e-mailing lochhaas1013@gmail.com or calling (417) 380-3894.

The Springfield smoking ban, approved by 53 percent of the roughly 15 percent of registered voters at the polls April 5, prohibits smoking in enclosed public places and limits smoking in hotels to 25 percent of rooms. A partial ban was on the books since 2003.[[In-content Ad]]

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