The Clay County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously today to ban smoking on almost all county-owned property, with just a single exception for smoking in cars.
The change, which is scheduled to go into effect on April 1, 2015, pending implementation of signage, bans smoking at at county-owned, leased and rented buildings and grounds; prohibits smoking in county-owned, leased or rented vehicles; and prohibits tobacco-related litter on all county property.
County employees and those doing business with the county are still able to smoke in privately-owned cars while on county property, the lone exemption in the ban.
With the change, designated smoking areas on county property will be removed, while tobacco use at county-sponsored events will adhere to the rules of each venue, according to Inforum.com.
Clay County located in western Minnesota and is part of the Fargo, N.D.-Minn. metropolitan area, with its county seat of Moorhead just over a mile east of Fargo. It has just over 60,000 residents.