Fifth Judicial District - Department of Correctional Services

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TITLE: Smoking And Tobacco Use

POLICY

The purpose of this policy is to facilitate compliance with Iowa’s Smoke Free Air Act, which was enacted to improve the health of Iowans by reducing their level of exposure to environmental tobacco smoke, and to remind Fifth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services employees of existing administrative rules governing the use of tobacco related products. The administrative rules addressing this policy can be found at 641 Iowa Administrative Code 153 and 11 Iowa Administrative Code 100.3.

PROCEDURE

  1. Prohibited Activities
    1. Smoking and the use of tobacco products is prohibited within the confines of all building and facilities owned/operated by the Department.
    2. Smoking and the use of tobacco products is prohibited within the confines of all vehicles owned/operated by the Department.
    3. Smoking and the use of tobacco products is prohibited on the grounds of any building and facilities owned/operated by the Department. Grounds is defined as an outdoor area of a building that is used in connection with the building, including but not limited to, roadways owned by the Department, a sidewalk immediately adjacent to the building; a sitting or standing area immediately adjacent to the building; a patio; a deck; a curtilage or courtyard; or any other outdoor area as designated by the person having custody or control of the public building.
    4. Smoking is not allowed in any existing huts or any enclosed areas formerly used as smoking areas.
    5. Offenders residing in Department residential facilities will no longer be allowed to use tobacco products or have them in their possession. Tobacco products will be confiscated from offenders and considered contraband. Confiscated tobacco products will be destroyed.
    6. Employees working at buildings/facilities not owned/operated by the department will abide by the restrictions established by the owner/operator of that building or facility.
    7. The use of tobacco products by staff and visitors will be authorized within the confines of enclosed privately-owned motor vehicles which are located on the grounds of any department owned/operated building and facilities.

EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE

The State of Iowa recognizes that employees may need assistance in stopping the use of tobacco products. The State offers the following information for assistance in the transition process:

  1. Smoking Cessation Program
    1. The State of Iowa offers smoking cessation program services available to employees only. These services may be obtained by calling 877-252-8411.
  2. Employee Assistance Program
    1. The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a confidential program available to all employees and their families. The EAP may be contacted at 244-6090 or 1-800-EAP-IOWA (327-4692).
  3. Iowa Smoke Free Air Website
    1. Iowa Department of Public Health’s website, www.IowaSmokefreeAir.gov is a good resource regarding the smoking ban legislation, including information about smoking cessation programs. Quitline Iowa provides free smoking cessation services to all Iowans. The Quitline will work with you to set up a quit plan and help you with coaching after you quit. You may also qualify for a free, 2-week course of nicotine patches or gum. Call 1-800- QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visit www.quitlineiowa.org for more information.
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