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Tobacco use is the #1 cause of preventable death in the United States. Tobacco harms the body causing many diseases and affecting the health of people who use it. If you don't use tobacco, don't start. If you use tobacco, quit. Quitting tobacco has immediate as well as long term benefits for you and your loved ones.  

There is no safe amount of secondhand smoke. Even brief exposure can be harmful to your health.  

Scroll down for more information about quitting tobacco, secondhand smoke, smoke-free housing, youth access prevention, and helpful links.   

Thurston County properties now tobacco free

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As of January 1, 2014, smoking and the use of all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and vaporizers, are prohibited on Thurston County properties.  Signs are posted at all County campuses to inform visitors of this new policy.

When was this decision made?

The Board of County Commissioners voted in May 2013 to ban smoking, e-cigarettes and the use of other tobacco products from county buildings and grounds with few exceptions. 

The vote came after a three year process that included the work of an employee committee to update the county’s tobacco policy. 

The committee considered several different policy options, and ultimately recommended that all county properties be tobacco free, similar to policies for Mason County government, Providence St. Peter Hospital, and South Puget Sound Community College.

Why is Thurston County tobacco free?

The goal of the tobacco-free policy is to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke for employees and for guests visiting county properties. County leaders also hope the policy will encourage employees and visitors who do use tobacco to quit.

Where can I learn more about quitting tobacco?

  • Call 1-800-QUIT NOW or 1-800-784-8669 for the Washington State Quitline

  • Go to www.smokefree.gov

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E-cigarettes are battery-operated disposable or rechargeable devices designed to deliver nicotine, flavor, and other chemicals. There are three (3) main pieces to an e-cigarette: the battery, the vaporizer or atomizer, and the cartridge which contains the liquid nicotine, flavorings, and other chemicals. While some e-cigarettes are designed to look similar to a cigarette, many look like everyday items like pens or USB memory sticks.

Quit Tobacco

Approximately 70% of smokers want to quit.

Female - Quit Smoking

If you are interested in learning more about quitting click the more button below. Please be aware that the Washington State Quit Line 1-800-QUIT-NOW is no longer able to serve everyone who calls them.

For more information Quit Line Services please Click here.

Click here for more information on...

  • Benefits
  • What Happens After You Quit
  • Five Keys for Quitting

Secondhand Smoke

There is no safe exposure to secondhand smoke. 

Stop Smoking - Secondhand Smoke
  • To learn more about the Smoking in Public Places Law or how to report a violation, Click Here [PDF]...  
  • To learn more about Secondhand Smoke and its health effects, Click Here...


Smoke Free Housing

 one of the places where exposure often occurs is in or around people’s housing.

Smoke Free Housing
  • To find out more about smoke-free housing, including information for landlords and renters, Click Here ...  



Youth Access Prevention

The Youth Access Law prevents minors from purchasing or possessing tobacco products.

Youth Access Prevention
  • Youth Access Law
  • Report a Violation
  • ...more


Internet Web Links

Information provided by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC):

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  • Kateri Wimsett
  • Tobacco Prevention & Control Coordinator



This page last updated: 05/17/17