Balto. Co. bans smoking by police

March 07, 1993|By Glenn Small | Glenn Small,Staff Writer

In the last month, Baltimore County police and the suspects they lock up have been given the same orders: No more smoking.

The police chief and the county jail's administrator, citing the dangers of second-hand cigarette smoke, have outlawed smoking in all police and jail buildings.

"It's just a continuing, growing concern about secondary smoke," police spokesman E. Jay Miller said in explaining Chief Cornelius J. Behan's decision. "There's certainly enough evidence. The chief thought it was time to move."

The police smoking ban, which went into effect Friday, follows the Feb. 1 smoking ban imposed on inmates at the county jail facilities, said administrator James Dean.

Guards can still smoke during two daily breaks, but only in designated smoking areas. Their smoking privileges will end July 1, said Mr. Dean.

The smoking ban also affects firefighters stationed at the Public Safety Building on Joppa Road. They share the building with police. Fire Chief Elwood Bannister said he and Chief Behan agreed on the policy.

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