OGDEN -- Utah Transit Authority has implemented a new policy that will no longer allow people to smoke around bus stops or FrontRunner platforms.
The Weber-Morgan Health Department on Thursday presented UTA with the Friend of Public Health Award during a special ceremony at the Ogden Intermodal Hub Plaza.
Both organizations also unveiled local bus ads that will feature Ogden-area youths enjoying smoke-free public places.
"Public policies play a vital role in protecting people from harmful secondhand-smoke exposure," said Anna Guymon, Weber-Morgan Health Department health educator.
"We want to commend UTA for taking a lead in our community with their new policy that not only helps their employees but the public at large."
Every day, more than 4,000 kids try their first cigarette. Another 1,000 kids become addicted smokers, one-third of whom will die prematurely as a result.
According to The National Toxicology Program, secondhand smoke contains at least 250 chemicals known to cause cancer. Some of the toxins are poisonous gases and chemicals, such as hydrogen cyanide, butane, ammonia, toluene, lead and chromium.
The U.S. Surgeon General has also concluded there is no risk-free level of secondhand-smoke exposure. Even brief exposures are harmful.
In 2009, a secondhand-smoke regulation was adopted, limiting public exposure in such outdoor areas as parks, playgrounds, amphitheaters, fairgrounds, swimming pools, cemeteries and sports fields.
Those who see someone violating the policy can call the health department at 801-399-7182.