A rural county in Nebraska has decided to make all of its grounds tobacco and smoke free as of May 1.

“We feel it is an important step for the County to model good health to the community,” said Michelle Robinson, Box Butte County assessor, in a press release. “We are working diligently to provide tobacco‐free support and resources to staff and visitors as we go tobacco‐free,” she added.

The ban applies to all Box Butte County facilities, county grounds, and county vehicles. Fines were not been disclosed by the county in the announcement.

Box Butte County is located in the northwestern corner of the state and is home to just over 11,000 residents.

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