The last time the Plumas County Facilities' smoke-free policy was updated was in 1994. While this old policy does include State laws, it doesn't have any language about electronic smoking devices and the language is extremely outdated.
What have we done?
Seneca Healthcare District
As of October 1, 2018, Seneca Healthcare District (SHD) is now a tobacco and smoke-free campus, including e-cigarettes (vaping). This new policy covers all buildings, grounds, and parking lots across the entire SHD campus including the Hospital and Lake Almanor Clinic. This new change applies to not only SHD employees, but all visitors as well including but not limited to contractors, vendors, volunteers, and physicians.
As of January 1, 2019, all of Eastern Plumas Health Care's campuses are now smoke-free, including e-cigarettes (vaping). This new policy covers the building grounds and parking lots of all EPHC campuses. "implementing smoke-free campuses at EPHC is very exciting, it feels like a natural progression for the district as our whole purpose is to promote the health and well-being of our community," said EPHC's Human Resources Manager Annie Yoakum. She has been working with Leila Srouji and James Wilson at Plumas County Department of Public Health, who "reached out to us and have played a critical role in helping us with our implementation roadmap," added Yoakum.
Effective July 1, 2016, the use of tobacco or marijuana products (cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and smokeless tobacco/vaping) is not permitted in the hospital or in any other facility that is a part of PDH's operations. This policy applies to parking lots, roofs, hospital grounds, off-site employee work areas, and privately owned vehicles when they are being used by employees during paid working hours.