Oryana is a Tobacco-Free Campus
Oryana Natural Foods Market is proud to announce a new Tobacco-Free Campus Policy. For years, Oryana has had a policy restricting smoking on the grounds for employees. This new policy expands the restrictions to apply to the public, including Co-Op members. It also includes all tobacco products, such as chewing tobacco. The ban also includes e-cigarettes.
Steve Nance, General Manager, sums up the new policy that started in September, 2010:
“Oryana promotes a healthy lifestyle that is incompatible with tobacco use and complies with the City’s Smoking Ordinance. Therefore, tobacco use is not allowed on Oryana property, including buildings, parking lots, sidewalks and vehicles in our parking lots.”
Lisa Danto, Coordinator, Traverse Bay Area Tobacco Coalition, who provided advice on the new policy, wholeheartedly supports this decision. Danto says, “We know the majority of the public does not use tobacco and prefers tobacco-free environments. The new policy creates a healthier environment inside and out and will enhance the shopping experience at Oryana for all customers.”
“Oryana also serves as a business role model in the community, as more and more businesses are considering similar policies for their properties,” says Danto. In addition, “it sends a message to our youth that tobacco use is not the norm and is not allowed everywhere.”
In honor of the new policy, Oryana has posted new signs at the parking lot entrances stating “Proud to be a Tobacco-Free Environment.” There are also new smoke-free signs embossed on the entry glass doors.