To the Editor:
I would like to commend Pyramid Management Group, LLC owner of Champlain Centre mall in Plattsburgh for deciding on making all of their 15 shopping malls throughout New York and Massachusetts 100 percent tobacco free. This is the first step in creating a healthier community to work, live and play. May 31 is World No Tobacco Day, which will be the day that this new policy takes effect. This policy, not only supports employees of the shopping centre, but also guests who visit the mall, people who are trying to quit smoking and those who are sensitive to second hand smoke.
The tobacco free policy for all Pyramid properties includes any and all tobacco products (cigarettes, cigars, pips, chewing tobacco and any other similar substances or instruments that are lit or burning such as electronic cigarettes). The policy is inclusive of entire properties, both inside an outside, including all entry points, hallways, sidewalks, loading dock areas, parking lots and construction areas. It applies to all mail associates, tenant employees, vendors, delivery people, contractors, subcontractors and guests.
There will be opportunities presented for all employees to quit smoking through cessation classes provided by the North Country Tobacco Cessation Center and NYS Smokers’ Quitline information. There will be proper signs presented throughout the entire property, prohibiting smoking on the property that the mall sits on. These signs will be put up and placed around the mall through the help of the local Adirondack Tobacco Free Network.
Let the mall know you support their 100 percent tobacco-free policy and thank them for being a role model for other businesses in our community. Go to pyramidmg.com for more information.