Saturday, April 26, 2008

Smoke Free Resort

Grand Targhee, a year-round resort located in Alta, Wyoming on the western slope of the Teton Mountains, has proclaimed its entire base area will become smoke free as of June 1st. The policy asks all visitors and employees of the resort to refrain from smoking anywhere at the resort except for location at the east end of the main parking lot where appropriate trash receptacles will be located. Smoke-free areas include all buildings, the entire base area, parking lots, lift lines, and chairlifts. Targhee began to limit smoking back in 2002, when all resort lodging units were designated as smoke-free. The base facilities, including the Trap Bar, followed in 2003. “Our pristine environment immediately conjures up clean air and the participation in a healthy lifestyle. I truly believe our comprehensive no-smoking policy definitely compliments that expectation, and that our guests and staff will all directly benefit from this new initiative”, said Susie Barnett-Bushong, director of marketing.
The Resort is committed to creating a healthier community and environment for all visitors and employees. Smoking remains a national health issue. The Centers for Disease Control reports that in 2006, tobacco related-illnesses were the leading cause of preventable death in the country, killing more than 400,000 people, and that second hand smoke exposure was the third leading cause of preventable death, killing nearly 50,000.