It is anticipated that the Dayton Metro Library will become a tobacco/smoke-free Library campus starting January 1, 2017. All types of smoking and tobacco products will be prohibited inside all Library buildings and on Library property, including parking lots, entryways and grounds.
The system-wide prohibition includes nicotine-delivery devices such as e-cigarettes, as well as cigarettes, cigars, pipes and smokeless tobacco.
“It is our goal to protect Library visitors from unwanted and involuntary exposure to tobacco and passive smoke, and to encourage tobacco users to quit,” said Rachel Gut, Library Deputy Director. “Considering the health risks and high costs of health care related to smoking, we feel this is a positive step for the Library to take.”
In advance of the new policy, the Dayton Metro Library is partnering with Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County to offer free smoking cessation classes in November and December. The classes include a month’s supply of nicotine replacement therapy such as gum or lozenges, free. Advance registration is required by calling Donecha Daniels at (937) 224-6588. Email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FREE SMOKING CESSATION CLASSES at the Library
Temporary Main Library, 120 S. Patterson Blvd
Tuesdays, November 15-December 13, Noon-1:00 p.m. (5 sessions)
Northwest Branch, 2410 Philadelphia Dr.
Thursdays, November 17-December 15, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
No class on Thanksgiving (4 sessions)
According to the Ohio Department of Health, 23.3% of adults in Ohio are current smokers. Health care costs in Ohio directly caused by smoking have been estimated at $5.64 billion annually. Nonsmokers who are exposed to second-hand smoke at home or at work increase their heart disease risk by 25-30% and their lung cancer risk by 20-30%.
“We care about the health of all our visitors and staff alike,” said Gut. “We can better serve our mission to provide convenient, comfortable spaces for learning and exploration by becoming a smoke-free campus. Especially as we open our new and renovated Library buildings, we want them to be safe, comfortable destinations for everyone.”
For more information call (937) 463-BOOK. The Ohio Department of Health offers a Tobacco Quit Line at 1.800.QUIT.NOW or visit Ohio.QuitLogix.org.