Utah Secondhand Smoke Policy Implementation Guides


About the Guides

The purpose of these guides is to serve as a resource for local health departments, community agencies, and other tobacco prevention partners interested in implementing secondhand smoke (SHS) policies at the local level. This guide specifically addresses secondhand smoke policy in worksites, multiple dwelling units, homes, healthcare settings, and outdoor venues. Due to popular demand, businesses, government agencies, and organizations are also finding use for guides.

The guides are based on the action steps provided in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Taking Action Against Secondhand Smoke Online Toolkit. Utah-specific information has been added to action steps in order to account for the Utah Indoor Clean Air Act (UICAA), the Second Hand Smoke Amendments,state laws/rules, and local issues. Information in the revisions of the guides reflects the latest information available at the time of publication.


Full Guide (PDF 9.1 MB)
A compilation of all 5 individual sections listed below. Due to the size of this file viewers may want to download individual sections instead of the full guide.

*General Secondhand Smoke Information (PDF 866KB)  

Worksites (PDF 385 KB)

Multiple Dwelling Units (PDF 1.9MB)

Homes (PDF 1.6MB)

Healthcare Settings (PDF 654KB)

Outdoor Venues (PDF 2.3MB)

* Note: Subject matter from the General Secondhand Smoke Information section is referenced throughout the Guides. It contains critical information that should be used as the foundation for developing policies.

There is no safe amount of secondhand smoke. Breathing even a little secondhand smoke can be dangerous.
2006 U.S. Surgeon General's Report

Supplemental Resources

Keep Your Business Healthy: Utah Tobacco-free Workplace Toolkit (PDF  1.08MB)
The Toolkit is developed to augment the Worksite Policy Implementation Guide.  It is designed for use by businesses and organizations that are either developing new tobacco-free policies or enhancing existing policies.

Utah Indoor Clean Air Act Business Guide
To assist those responsible for the implementation and adherence to the law a guide has been developed which goes into detail about what is required, sample policies, sample signage,and similar information.

Utah Indoor Clean Air Act
Contains the Utah Indoor Clean Air Act statute and rule and specific changes made to the UICAA during the 2006 and 2007 legislative sessions which mandated changes up through January 2009.

Utah Tobacco-Free Policies
Provides a listing of various smoking and tobacco polices at outdoor venues, clubs and taverns, educational settings, and a statewide directory of smokefree apartments and condominiums


1. Introduction
The introduction provides general information related to secondhand smoke, national and Utah-specific SHS statistics, the goals for Healthy People 2010 and Utah, Utah laws, and the definitions of different types of policies. A glossary at the end of the introduction defines frequently used words and acronyms referred to throughout the guide.

2. Body
The main part of the guide is divided into five sections. Each section focuses on a specific venue (worksites, multiple dwelling units, homes, healthcare settings, or outdoor venues) and provides detailed SHS information related that venue

3.Content of Each Section
Each section is divided into Action Steps that lead from learning about SHS issues related to that venue to getting a policy passed. The steps contain a set of recommended activities as well as references to websites and other resources when more detailed information is desired.

4. Evaluation/Community Assessment
Each section has a step labeled “Evaluate Your Efforts.” Forms in this section may be copied or downloaded and used for project documentation.

Process Evaluation Worksheet: This form helps to document all the activities carried out by the users.

Evaluation Outcomes and Recommendations Table: This form asks users to summarize outcomes of the policy change intervention and develop recommendations for future projects.

Research Tools and Attachments

Throughout each step, the guide refers to research tools and attachments.

Research Tools are located after the final step of each section and include sample survey tools, interview guides, observation guides, etc., which may be tailored to your community and your project.

Attachments are located after the research tools and consist of sample promotional materials (flyers, pamphlets, news releases), sample projects, sample policies, etc. These may also be tailored to your target population and project.

Utah Secondhand Smoke Policy Implementation Guide Team

Team members and their specialty areas are listed below. They can be contacted by calling the telephone numbers or emailing:

  Cassandra Fairclough
SHSA, UICAA,Homes/Multiple Dwellings
Marci Nelson



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