Cigarettes, chewing tobacco, smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes banned
Shawnee City Commissioners passed an ordinance Monday night that will ban tobacco use, including cigarettes, chewing tobacco, smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes, both indoor and outdoor on all city run property, including parks and recreation areas.
The ordinance is one step closer to allowing Shawnee to become certified as a healthy community, making the city eligible for grants from the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust.
“The money is nice because it’s kind of whatever we choose to do with it we can as long as it’s going to promote those health and wellness initiatives,” said Amy Dunn with Communities of Excellence.
She said this ordinance would bring the city properties up to the same levels of other communities who have this same ordinance.
“This particular health issue kills about 6,000 people every single year in Oklahoma,” she said.
Dunn said by certifying the entities under the initiative, the overall health of the community will improve.