Friday, June 20, 2008

Wyoming Resorts Go Smoke Free

Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee are known for some of the most challenging and most scenic terrain in the world -- skiing and snowboarding in winter, and mountain biking when snow gives way to colorful wildflowers and green Alpine grasses.

Now, these world-class travel destinations will also be known for a bold commitment to the health of their staff and guests. Earlier this month, the two year-round resorts, plus resort Snow King Resort in Jackson Hole, put smoke-free policies into effect.

What makes this action unusual is that no other U.S. ski resorts have passed such comprehensive smokefree policies on their own, without the influence of a local or statewide smokefree ordinance. Also, this action by the three top resorts in Wyoming sends a strong message to the local community, the state, and the rest of the ski industry.

There is no more smoking in any Jackson Hole Mountain Resort building, around the entire base area, parking lots, lift lines, chairlifts, trails and all ski/mountain bike runs. And in case you forget, JHMR has posted 50 branded non-smoking signs around the resort.

Grand Targhee Resort, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Snow King Resort partnered with the Teton County Tobacco Prevention Program and local businesses on this effort.

The smoke-free policy will help our health, of course, and it also may help the health of Wyoming's forests and parks, including Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. That's because last year more than three million acres burned because of human carelessness, including careless cigarette disposal, such as the idiot who tosses a butt out of a moving car.

Travel green, travel smoke-free.