Downtown library now smoke free

July 9, 2012 Updated Jul 9, 2012 at 7:17 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Business First by Tracey Drury

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July 9, 2012 Updated Jul 9, 2012 at 7:17 AM EDT

Another downtown location has gone smoke-free: The central library of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library system.

The library board of trustees this week announced a new policy designating the entrance ramp to the downtown library as smoke-free, amending the existing library rules of conduct at its monthly meeting in June.

The policy bans the smoking of cigarettes, cigars, pipes and smokeless electronic cigarettes or tobacco products from the entire entrance ramp facing Lafayette Square on Washington Street. Additionally, smoking products are banned within 10 feet to the side of any point of entry to the downtown library property.

The 10-foot entryway smoke-free policy is also in effect at all Buffalo & Erie County branch public libraries located in the City of Buffalo.

According to the library, the policy ensures an atmosphere more conducive to appropriate use of the services and facilities of the central library and its eight city branches.

The policy goes into effect immediately, coinciding with the July 4 implementation of a smoke-free zone across the entire 120-acre Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus downtown.

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