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Lee County Adopts No Tobacco Policy

Dec 20, 2012

The Lee County Board of Supervisors has added “No Tobacco” language to its personnel policy.

Lee County Board of Supervisors

The new section prohibits employees from using any product with tobacco in a Lee County facility or vehicle.  The ban only applies to county employees.

There is one exception: if an employee is using a tobacco cessation device.

Supervisor Gary Folluo voted against the new language.

He wanted County Attorney Mike Short to review it to make sure tobacco use would not become a hiring barrier.

Folluo’s request was rejected by fellow supervisors Janet Fife-LaFrenz, Larry Kruse and Ernie Schiller.

It is still being determined whether the tobacco ban will extend to property like county-supervised parks and lakes.

Repeat violations could result in termination, per the current personnel policy.  Enforcement will be handled by department heads and elected leaders.