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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- Beginning Sept. 1, The Senior Resource Association will become a tobacco/smoke free campus at their Vero Beach and Sebastian locations in accordance with the Tobacco Free Partnership of Indian River County.
Tobacco related diseases are the leading cause of death in Florida. Both smokers and nonsmokers are affected. Toxins in secondhand smoke can cause heart disease and lung cancer in nonsmokers. Breathing secondhand smoke has an immediate effect on blood vessels, potentially increasing the risk of a heart attack. Everyone, even smokers benefit when businesses become tobacco/smoke free.
"We decided to make our organization a tobacco and smoke-free campus to provide a healthy environment for our clients and staff," said Karen Deigl, president and CEO of the Senior Resource Association.
Tobacco-free policies create a safer, cleaner, and more productive workplace. Healthier workers miss less work, are more productive, and their health care costs are less.
Adopting a tobacco/smoke free policy does not mean that smokers are required to quit or are not welcome employees.
On the contrary, many smokers also embrace a smoke-free environment and find it encourages them to cut back or quit.
Employees interested in stopping smoking will be supported by the SRA and the Florida Quit Line and can call (877) 822-6669 for assistance or speak to the SRA Human Resource Director at (772) 469-2053 for further information.
The Tobacco Free Partnership is available to assist businesses and organizations who wish to strengthen or implement a tobacco free policy in the workplace.
To learn more about Tobacco Free Partnership of Indian River County, visit www.tfp-indianriver.org or to learn more about Quit Doc Research and Education Foundation, visit www.qdref.org/index.html.