Tobacco and Body Art
The Bureau of Tobacco and Body Art administers programs designed to prevent the sale of tobacco products to minors, minimize exposure to excessive levels of second-hand smoke and minimize the risk of infection inherent in tattooing and piercing procedures.
As in the past, the Bureau devoted a tremendous amount of time and resources to preventing minors from gaining access to tobacco products through enforcement of the Adolescent Tobacco Use Prevention Act (ATUPA). The County offers a NYSDOH Certified Training program for Tobacco Retail Vendors to assist in education and the prevention of tobacco sales to minors. Enforcement of the Clean Indoor Air Act (CIAA) through complaint investigation continues to help minimize exposure to second-hand smoke by preventing smoking in public areas including restaurants, workplaces and residential common areas.
During the past year, the body art regulations were amended to distinguish limited body art establishments, which engage in the practice of body piercing only. Additionally a Rockland Sanitary Code was adopted to facilitate enforcement of the CIAA.