Riverbend volunteers help enforce festival smoking policy

Chattanooga, TN (WDEF) – As the crowds gear up for Riverbend’s big acts, the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department works to keep you as healthy as possible during the festival.
    The Health Department and Riverbend have teamed up for several years now, working on a smoking policy for the outdoor event.
    In 2013, Riverbend officials established seven designated smoking areas.
    For the first time this year, volunteers are engaging in "passive enforcement" when they see people violating the policy.
    Bill Ulmer works as the Director of Community Health Services for the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department.  He explained, "They’re approaching those persons, reminding them that there’s a smoking policy that limits smoking only to the designated areas.  And in most cases the attendees are very cooperative, and our volunteers simply point them to the closest designated smoking area."
         Also this year, law enforcement personnel will help enforce the smoking policy.

Categories: Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Health, Local News, Riverbend

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