Friday, January 23, 2009

Smoking Complaints Generate Warning Letters

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has sent 329 warning letters to facilities that may not be complying with the Clean Indoor Air Act that went into effect in September.

Spokesperson Tracy Kriedeman calls them informational letters advising that a complaint has been received and offering help and information about how to comply with the law. If another complaint is received, there's an investigation by the agency that has jurisdiction. Fines range from $250 to $1000. Kriedeman says enforcement is already underway, with the first investigations due to conclude soon. She says it's important to remember that the intent of the Clean Indoor Air Act is to safeguard the health of employees and patrons.

Some establishments are exempt from the law.

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