Health Unit Launches Smoking Tip Line

There’s a new local initiative aimed at protecting residents from exposure to second-hand smoke in the workplace.

Lambton Public Health has launched an anonymous text service that people can message if they feel someone is violating the Smoke-Free Ontario Act.

Health Promoter Paul Buttery says you’re not allowed to smoke in any enclosed workspace including taxis, cars, and company vehicles.

“We’re trying to target those places or industries where smoking rates are high, and where exposure to second-hand smoke is also high,” says Buttery. “So, we’re trying to target residents employed in the trades where we know smoking rates are higher.”

Lambton Public Health’s Enforcement Officers will follow-up on any complaints and help employers draft policy and education initiatives.

They’re also giving out stickers that employers can use as reminders about the service.

Those wishing to report smoking in the workplace can text 226-909-3003.