For Immediate Release
May 3, 2010

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

Lt. Governor Findley, State Agencies and Partner Organizations
Announce Indoor Clean Air Act Web Site

Lt. Governor Troy Findley, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) along with state agencies and partner organizations unveiled a new web site, www.KSsmokefree.org, which will assist businesses with implementation of the Indoor Clean Air Act and provide educational resources for the public.

“Passing the statewide smoking ban was an important step in improving the health and lives of thousands of Kansans. Now it’s time to get information out, that’s why this web site is such a great resource. It helps businesses and public facilities implement the Clean Air Act efficiently and effectively, so that everybody can breathe cleaner air,” said Lt. Governor Troy Findley.

House Bill 2221, the Kansas 2010 Indoor Clean Air Act, was signed into law by Governor Mark Parkinson on March 12. It will take effect July 1.  This law prohibits smoking in most enclosed public places, workplaces, taxis, limousines, restaurants, bars, and within 10 feet from entrances and air intakes of such facilities statewide.

This web site provides downloadable no smoking signs for businesses, frequently asked questions, a business toolkit and free resources to help people quit tobacco use through the Kansas Tobacco Quitline (800-QUIT-NOW).

“By working together to implement this law, we can make our state a safer, healthier place for all Kansans,” said Roderick Bremby, KDHE Secretary. “We hope the web site, www.KSsmokefree.org, will help businesses make a smooth transition to a smoke-free Kansas.”

Kansas is the 35th state to pass a statewide law to provide smoke-free workplaces, restaurants or bars.