LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore will be a smoke-free facility beginning July 1.
Announced Wednesday, officials say the new policy bans the use of all tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars and pipes, as well as alternative smoking products or other smoking devices including e-cigarettes, on zoo grounds. Smoking was previously prohibited inside Zoo buildings per the Clean Air Act of Maryland.
“Providing a quality experience for our visitors is a priority for the Zoo, and exposure to second hand smoke has recently been the number one complaint,” said Don Hutchinson, president and CEO of the Zoo. “Given the public smoking bans in public areas and workplaces, we have decided to establish and maintain a smoke-free environment here at the Zoo.”
A designated smoking area will be outside of the main gate to the right of the entrance for those who wish to smoke. Re-entry is permitted is visitors choose to leave and use the designated smoking area.
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