"Americans die from secondhand smoke-related disease including heart disease and lung cancer," Hill continued. "Adopting smoke-free policies is an effective way to eliminate unhealthy and dangerous environments."
Davis is the first county to go completely smoke-free in outdoor public places. However several cities passed similar laws. Clinton was the first Utah city to pass a local ordinance prohibiting smoking in outdoor public places.
Ann Benson, chair of the board of health explained that this summer the board unanimously voted to enact a regulation protecting county residents and visitors from secondhand smoke.
The regulation takes effect Jan. 1, 2008, and prohibits smoking at public and privately-owned outdoor facilities like parks, playgrounds, sports fields, amusement parks, swimming pools, boweries, concession stands, public gardens, cemeteries, outdoor eating areas, walking or running trails and skate parks.
Also smoking will be prohibited within 25 feet of facilities where people congregate while waiting for services such as automatic teller machines, bus stops, fast food lines, public telephones, restrooms, ticket lines and train stations.
Davis County Health Department director Lewis Garret said that when the regulation takes effect, parks and recreational areas will remain a place to gather, "the only thing that will be missing is second-hand smoke.