By Chickasaw Journal
HOUSTON – City workers can smoke, just not in city vehicles.
The city of Houston soon will implement a ban on smoking in city vehicles after aldermen voted earlier this month to begin a formal process to notify city employees.
The new city policy – which applies to cigarettes, cigars and pipes as well as chewing tobacco – was adopted by the city in August.
Employees who violate the ban will be reprimanded and those who violate it three times can be terminated, according to the policy.
The city has had a “no-smoking” policy in city buildings – for the public and employees – for several years.
Officials said the policy is for public health reasons, safety reasons and a desire by the city to endorse a healthy lifestyle in the community.