Smoking policy progress stalled at county level

PLATTSBURGH - Clinton County legislators are considering a policy that, if approved, would ban smoking and the use of tobacco products on the majority of county properties. The exceptions would be the Clinton County Fairgrounds, Clinton Community College, and the Clinton County Landfill, which would be subject to their own policies, if they so choose.

The issue was recently debated by legislators who are examining changing the count's existing policy which only requires those who smoke to remain at least 40 feet from county building when doing so.

The legislature is in the process of fine-tuning the proposed policy with the help of Karen Derusha, a senior public educator with the Adirondack Tobacco Free Network, and Deputy County Administrator Rodney Brown.

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