New Executive Order Promotes Healthy City Spaces

On December 18, 2019, Mayor Kenney signed a new Executive Order to provide healthy, clean, and safe spaces on city properties and at city-sponsored employee events by making them smoke and vape-free. This new Executive Order will provide clean air for the thousands of employees, visitors, and the public who regularly use city spaces.

While many city properties were already smoke and vape-free indoors and within 20 feet of any entrance or exits, this Executive Order expands these policies to include all outdoor spaces in city-managed properties and at city-sponsored employee events.

Smoking remains the leading killer of Philadelphians, claiming over 3,500 lives every year. Smoke and vape-free polices will protect youth and adults by:

  • Reducing exposure to harmful secondhand smoke
  • Reducing tobacco litter and risk of fire
  • Encouraging smokers to quit
  • Preventing youth from starting to smoke and vape

The Department of Public Health will be working closely with all city agencies covered under the new law by providing technical assistance, signage, and communications support. Signs will be installed this spring and summer, and a sample is below:

For free help quitting, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

If you have any questions regarding this Executive Order, contact Tobacco Policy & Control Program Manager, Ryan Coffman, at Ryan.Coffman@phila.gov.

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