ODOT is tobacco-free as of Jan. 1, 2013
Improving the health, wellness and productivity of state employees, clients, volunteers and visitors
ODOT is committed to a safe and healthy workplace through continuous improvement in safety and workforce management practices, incident prevention strategies and compliance with state and federal regulations. ODOT promotes employee and public health and contributes to a healthier workforce as a part of its overall health and wellness initiatives and values.
Governor John Kitzhaber signed Governor's executive order in August 2012, requiring most state-owned buildings and properties to become tobacco-free as of Jan. 1, 2013. His intent was to improve the health, wellness and productivity of employees, clients, volunteers and visitors.
A 2007 survey of state employees concluded we support tobacco-free worksites:
- 92 percent of state employees think it's important for the state to establish tobacco-free buildings and grounds.
- 68 percent of state employees who smoke think its is important for the state to establish tobacco-free buildings and grounds.
- State employees who smoke are twice as likely to miss work three of more days per month due to poor physical or emotional health than state employees who don't smoke.
Please send your questions and comments to Ask ODOT.
Thanks for you support as state employees help improve the health and wellness of all Oregonians by reducing people's exposure to tobacco and secondhand smoke.
Help to quit
Tobacco-free poster (pdf)
Executive order and Governor's press release
Rationale for tobacco-free state properties (pdf)
Focus on prevention (pdf)
Focus on cessation (pdf)
Focus on e-cigarettes (pdf)
Employees, volunteers and contractors are prohibited from smoking and using tobacco products (including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chew, snuff, electronic cigarettes and smokeless tobacco) in all department-controlled, leased or shared property including any interior space and all non-exempted outside property or grounds. This includes state-controlled parking areas and in private vehicles while on ODOT property.
Members of the public are prohibited from smoking tobacco products (including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chew, snuff, electronic cigarettes and smokeless tobacco) in all ODOT-controlled, leased or shared property including any interior spaces and non-exempted outside property or grounds. This includes ODOT parking areas and private vehicles while on department property. Employees on ODOT property who are not on the job area subject to the same tobacco prohibitions as are members of the public.
All ODOT fleet and maintenance vehicles are designated as tobacco-free. No ODOT vehicle or equipment whether or licensed or unlicensed, shall be designated as tobacco-permitted. Smoking and the use of tobacco are prohibited in these vehicles for all state employees and members of the public.