June 04, 2012

Birmingham’s new anti-smoking policy mirrors UAB’s

outside-smoker_webBirmingham’s new anti-smoking regulations that became effective Friday, June 1 mean big changes for employers in the city.

Smoking is now prohibited in all enclosed areas of places of employment located within the City of Birmingham. The areas include but are not limited to common work areas, auditoriums, classrooms, conference and meeting rooms, private offices, elevators, hallways, medical facilities, cafeterias, employee lounges, stairs, restrooms and vehicles.

The prohibition also applies to rooms, chambers, places of meeting or public assembly and other enclosed areas and vehicles owned, leased or operated by the City of Birmingham.

UAB’s nonsmoking policy states that all building, facilities and spaces that are owned, rented or leased by UAB — including covered walkways and covered parking — are nonsmoking areas.

Smoking also is not allowed in public parking decks or outdoors within seven feet of a buildings entrance.

The anti-smoking regulations were approved by the Birmingham City Council April 17 and include smoking bans in nearly all public places and establishments.

UAB’s nonsmoking policy, established in September 2004, states that all building, facilities and spaces that are owned, rented or leased by UAB — including covered walkways and covered parking — are nonsmoking areas. A violation of this policy by an employee will result in disciplinary action according to established UAB disciplinary procedures up to, and including, discharge. A violation of this policy by a student constitutes nonacademic misconduct, and the student will be subject to established disciplinary action.

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