Celebrating 10 Years of the Maryland Clean Indoor Air Act

 

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.

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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.”



 

 

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Due to ongoing construction issues, the WACS Center will be closed through October 19 and move services to other locations. The center is scheduled to reopen on Monday, October 22nd.

All services at this site have been relocated to either Snow Hill or the Berlin Health Center. We apologize for any inconvenience. For more information or to check on the status of your appointment, please call 410-632-1100.

Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis.

This bacterium is found in the nose, throat and mouth of an infected person, and can be easily spread. Pertussis can occur at any age, but often causes serious problems in babies, and is usually milder in older children and adults. Children who are too young to be fully vaccinated and those that have not received all their vaccinations are at highest risk for severe illness and complications. Complications of pertussis can include pneumonia (infection of the lungs), encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), seizures, and other physical and medical outcomes associated with a severe cough.

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Our new Just Walk Worcester website has information on local parks, walking tips, and videos of trails in our area. If you like to walk, check it out! Click the image below to see the new site. 

 

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Snow Hill, MD- Worcester County Health Department will launch “Just Walk Worcester” on October 12. This new website will be an inclusive resource for finding places to walk and explore no matter where you are in the county. The site features maps of all local parks and trails as well as walking tips, helpful videos, and details about each area including the length of trails, if there are any fees and if the spot is pet-friendly. Residents can view drone footage of each trail, allowing walkers to know the ins and outs of the path before they even lace up their shoes.

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Due to ongoing construction issues, the WACS Center will be closed through October 19 and move services to other locations. The center is scheduled to reopen on Monday, October 22nd.

All services at this site have been relocated to either Snow Hill or the Berlin Health Center. We apologize for any inconvenience. For more information or to check on the status of your appointment, please call 410-632-1100.

 

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