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MORE HEALTHY CHANGES AT CHULA VISTA FACILITIES
If you have visited a Chula Vista Public library, the Civic Center buildings or the Chula Vista Police Headquarters recently, you may have noticed new signage that indicates the campus is smoking and vaping free. Tobacco use is one of the leading preventable causes of death in the U.S. and secondhand smoke exposure alone can increase risk of coronary heart disease and stroke by 20 to 30 percent. Changes to the City’s Municipal Code (Section 8.22) were expanded last year to prohibit smoking and vaping at all City facilities and now that signage is in place, those caught violating the prohibition could face a fine of up to $100. While vaping products do not contain tobacco, they do contain nicotine and other chemicals that pose environmental and health risks.
According to Healthy Chula Vista Coordinator Stacey Kurz, “We continue to look for ways to ensure all City facilities provide a healthy experience for visitors and employees. Reducing exposure to second hand smoke and educating the public about the dangers of new products in the industry are important to reduce smoking related chronic diseases, especially in our youth.”
In addition to the policy changes, the City is now able to accept vaping devices and cartridges at its Household Hazardous Waste collection facility or at one-day collection events. According to Environmental Services Manager Manuel Medrano, “Both the cartridge containing the liquid for vaping devices and the lithium ion battery require disposal as a hazardous waste. We are happy to add this service to the existing disposal programs offered in Chula Vista.”