Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health recently collaborated with the Lancaster Parking Authority (LPA) to create a tobacco-free policy for all its facilities. LPA garages and offices are now tobacco and vape-free, resulting in the elimination of cigarette smoking, cigars, or use of electronic smoking devices such as e-cigarettes or Juuls. Signage has been posted at the six parking garages owned and managed by LPA.
Larry J. Cohen, executive director of the Lancaster Parking Authority said, “We have made this change to help improve the quality of air inside our parking garages. We want to lead by example and make clean air a priority in our facilities.”
In early June, LPA and LG Health hosted a table outside the Prince Street Garages during the First Friday event. Representatives from both organizations distributed information on the new policy, as well as education on the impact of using tobacco and electronic smoking devices.
“A tobacco-free environment helps create a safer, healthier workplace,” said Alice Yoder, Executive director community health at LG Health. “We are proud of the LPA for making the commitment to improving the health and well-being of their employees and community members who use their facilities.”