Jolyne Young, health educator with Delta County Health Department, donated 50 customized tobacco-free signs to George Baier, manager of operational services at Delta County Memorial Hospital, as part of a grant through the State Tobacco Education & Prevention Partnership (STEPP). The signs indicate no cigarettes, vaping or chew are allowed on the tobacco-free campus of the hospital, or at any of its 10 clinics in Delta, Cedaredge, Hotchkiss and Paonia.
"Tobacco-free policies create a safer, healthier environment for all, and supports tobacco users who want to quit. We commend DCMH for their comprehensive policy work and we are grateful for the opportunity to strengthen enforcement with updated signage. The Delta County Health Department is grant funded for the next year to help worksites and organizations with tobacco-free and smoke-free policy development and implementation. As a community we can make Delta County a healthier place to live, work, learn and play," Young said.
A collaborative effort between the Delta County Sheriff's Office and municipal law enforcement agencies throughout Delta County has resulted in a proposal for a 1 percent sales tax increase to fund public safety. A PowerPoint presentation titled "Back the Badge" is starting to make the rounds at city/town council meetings, service club luncheons and other events.