The Chattanoogau2013Hamilton County Health Department handed out awards to local businesses that have gone completely tobacco-free. (Photo: Staff)

The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department’s second annual Clear the Air Conference awarded local businesses for going tobacco-free.

 “Our conference is focused on smoke-free policy and youth prevention,” Paula Collier, health department tobacco prevention coordinator, said. 

Beth Simpson, a health educator with the health department’s community outreach program, presented awards to Chattanooga Head Start, Chattanooga State Community College, Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation, Five and The Grand Apartments for their efforts to go tobacco-free.

Chattanooga Head Start health coordinator Aileen Muriente received the Clear the Air Award for making Chattanooga Head Start a tobacco-free environment.

“We worked very closely with [the health department] to change our tobacco policies on our campuses,” Muriente said. “We used to have a policy with designated smoking areas, but now, there is no smoking anywhere on our campuses.”

For more information about Tobacco Free Chattanooga, click here.

For more information about the Clear the Air Conference, click here.

Eric Wise is a contributing writer. He is currently attending UTC, where he is a staff writer for the school newspaper, The University Echo. He also serves as the alumni relations chairman for his fraternity.

Updated @ 9:55 a.m. on 5/11/17 to correct the affiliation of Beth Simpson and add her title.