(Mankato, MN) – Blue Earth County will go tobacco-free in 2020.

The Blue Earth County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the Smoking and Tobacco Free Policy Tuesday following several rounds of revisions.

The policy will go into effect on April 1, 2020.

The policy prohibits smoking and the use of any tobacco or nicotine products on grounds and property owned by the county.  This includes walkways, parking lots, and personal vehicles parked on county-owned grounds.  Exceptions have been made for campsites, personal vehicles in county parks, and open water.

Cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, and all electronic smoking or vaping devices are included in the policy, which applies to all employees and visitors.

The county says the policy is an effort to support a safe and healthy environment.

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