Ocean City, MD- Take a deep breath, Worcester County; this month Maryland celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the Clean Indoor Air Act. Maryland’s Clean Indoor Air Act prohibits smoking in all indoor workplaces, including restaurants, bars, and clubs, to preserve and improve the health, comfort, and environment of residents by eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke.
For more information on the Clean Indoor Air Act, click here
The act made a significant mark in Worcester, where the hospitality industry is one of the largest employers in the county. Businesses were quick to adapt, however, and the trend of providing smoke-free environments both indoor and outdoor continues to grow. In 2015, Ocean City made its beach and iconic Boardwalk a smoke-free zone.
“The Maryland Clean Indoor Air Act was a major touchstone in making Worcester County a healthier community to live in or visit,” said Rebecca Jones, Health Officer for Worcester County. “Whether you are in a restaurant, indoor shopping or in the office, the act offers protection from secondhand smoke and improves the health and comfort of county residents and visitors, letting us all breathe a little deeper. We're proud to celebrate a decade of Clean Air, and are excited to see what the next ten years hold.”
According to the Maryland Department of Health (MDH), the law “protects employees and provides smoke-free environments for families to dine and relax. A decade of smoke-free air means youths 10 years old and younger, Maryland’s first smoke-free generation, have never been exposed to a smoke-filled restaurant or indoor public place.”