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Benton County Judge Bob Clinard has banned smoking and tobacco products from county property beginning Thursday.

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Benton County Tobacco Memo

County Judge Bob Clinard issued a memo about the tobacco policy change: “To protect and enhance our air quality and to contribute to the health and well-being of all employees, Benton County buildings and facilities shall be entirely tobacco free effective October 10, 2013. As of this date the use of all tobacco products, including chewing tobacco, is banned from the county workplace. Tobacco Free Workplace applies to all regular full-time and part-time employees, volunteers, visitors, and Jurors.”

Source: Benton County

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Secondhand Smoke

Secondhand smoke is classified as a “known human carcinogen” (cancer-causing agent) by the federal Environmental Protection Agency, the federal National Toxicology Program and the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a branch of the World Health Organization.

Source: American Cancer Society

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