Updated E-Cigarette Regulations in Allegheny County

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On March 7, 2017, the Allegheny County Council approved the regulation of e-cigarettes in indoor public places, workplaces, and food establishments.  These regulations include the following:

 

  • Limit the use of e-cigarettes and vape products by food service workers during work hours.
  • Prohibit “vaping” where smoking is prohibited, with the exception of specialty stores making most of their income from the sale of these products

 

County Executive Rich Fitzgerald issued the following statement in response to the vote: “I am proud that Allegheny County continues to focus on protecting our public health and ensuring that our community is one where quality of life is important.  These measures, recommended by the Allegheny County Health Department and passed by the Board of Health, have  made a statement that we value our public’s health.  I thank Dr. Hacker and the Board of Health for its work on this progressive legislation.  It is initiatives like this that attract companies and talent to this region.

In addition, Allegheny County Health Department Director Dr. Karen Hacker commented: “We are pleased to see the County Council vote in favor of the ordinance to eliminate e-cigarettes and vaping from public indoor spaces where smoking in already prohibited.  This ordinance puts Allegheny County in the company over 500 jurisdictions that I have already passed similar regulations.

Interested in learning more about how the regulations will impact you? Please see the FAQs document available HERE.

For more information about e-cigarettes and vaping, please check out resources provided by the Allegheny County Health Department or Tobacco Free Allegheny.  The county webpage also includes downloadable signs and FAQs document.  Thank you!

West Penn Power Outages Due to Storms in Allegheny County

Following is an update concerning our restoration efforts.  We currently have 489 customers in Allegheny County without power.    We have no road closures reported or Critical facilities affected. Below is a breakdown of outages within each Municipality. Priority starts with the cases involving the most customers and moves to smaller outages as efforts progress.   We plan to have everyone back in service by 12:30 pm on 3/3/2017.

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To Report a Power Outage:  – PHONE 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877)  – WEB https://www.firstenergycorp.com/ (Once there, click the“Report an Outage”) For Restoration Updates (including Estimated Restoration Times, when available) and more:  – VISIT FirstEnergy’s 24/7 Power Center at 24/7 Power Center – CONNECT with West Penn Power on Facebook and Twitter   If you need anything, please call my cell. If I don’t answer, please leave a message and I will get back to you.  Thank you!

Elizabeth Township now a Part of Live Well Allegheny

 Live Well Township of Elizabeth

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 28, 2017

Contact: Melissa Wade

Public Health Information Officer 412-578-8312 (office)

412-339-7995 (cell)

melissa.wade@alleghenycounty.us

 

 

 

Steel Valley, Seven Mon Valley Communities Commit to Live Well Allegheny

 

PITTSBURGH – The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) today announced that the Steel Valley School District is the latest school district to be designated as a Live Well Allegheny School and that the Township of Elizabeth, Borough of Glassport, City of McKeesport, Borough of Munhall, Borough of Port Vue, Borough of West Homestead and Borough of Whitaker are the newest Live Well Allegheny Communities.

 

“This is exciting news,” said County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “These communities have always been known for their willingness and ability to work together to benefit their residents, and I have no doubt that their involvement with the Live Well Allegheny campaign will help those Mon Valley communities, and their citizens.”

 

The Steel Valley School District passed a board resolution committing to Live Well Allegheny and has  pledged to make a commitment to a comprehensive healthy schools program, offer fresh fruits and vegetables at all meals and provide 2% milk instead of whole milk, utilize web sites and social media to provide information on physical activity, nutrition, stress management tobacco cessation and other health and wellness initiatives, and promote drinking water.

Four of the Mon Valley communities are part of County Council District 9. The Township of Elizabeth, Borough of Glassport, Borough of Munhall and Borough of Port Vue are all encouraging participation in voluntary wellness campaigns for employees and residents, promoting smoke free buildings and perimeters and develop walking maps and outdoor wellness trails that are available to residents. Elizabeth Township recently was also awarded silver certification as part of the Sustainable Community Development Network.  

 

“We are excited to welcome our new school and community partners to the Live Well family” said Dr. Karen Hacker, Director of the Allegheny County Health Department. “It is very rewarding to see the continuing momentum we have in our efforts to build healthier communities and improve the opportunities for our residents”

 

Part of County Council District 11, the City of McKeesport will promote recreational programming that encourages physical activity, designation of smoke-free children’s play areas in partnership with Tobacco Free Allegheny, further development of the William Lickert Jr. Memorial Walking Trail in Renziehausen Park, and utilization of the city’s web site and social media to increase awareness of wellness opportunities offered. The Borough of West Homestead has committed to sharing wellness information, developing walking maps, encouraging multi-modal transportation, promoting farmers’ markets, promoting smoke free buildings and perimeters, and utilizing web sites and social media to provide wellness information.

 

In County Council District 8, the Borough of Whitaker committed to share wellness information with residents, encourage involvement with community and volunteer activities and to promote smoke-free buildings and perimeters.

 

The communities are also in the footprint for participation in the Live Well Allegheny Mon Valley Initiative that is supported with funding from the Jefferson Regional Foundation.  Its key objectives include increasing the number of people with access to smoke-free and tobacco-free environments, healthy food and beverage options, and physical activity opportunities. Partners include the Allegheny Health Network, the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, the Steel Valley Council of Governments, the Human Services Center Corporation, Tobacco Free Allegheny, Just Harvest, Allegheny County Economic Development and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

 

Participants in the Live Well Allegheny campaign work with Health Department’s staff. While monetary resources are not part of the initiative, participating workplaces can receive materials, information and collateral items to promote the campaign and their individual efforts to live well.

 

Live Well Allegheny was launched by the County Executive in January 2014 as a comprehensive, innovative strategy on wellness that embraces a broad concept of living well to include physical health, mental wellness, personal and community safety, prevention and preparedness, and much more. The effort is being led by the Board of Health and Dr. Karen Hacker.

To learn more about Live Well Allegheny visit www.livewellallegheny.com.

 

 

Karen Hacker, MD, MPH, Director

Allegheny County Health Department – Public Information Office

542 Fourth Avenue │ Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: 412-687-ACHD (2243) │ Fax: 412-578-8325

www.achd.net

Greenock Buena Vista Road Bridge Detour

Detour Information

  • 5.45 miles
  • Rock Run Road, Route 48, Broadlawn Drive
  • Bridge: Greenock Buena Vista Road Bridge, spanning Wildcat Run in Elizabeth Township, Allegheny County
  • Start: April 26, 2017 (tentative)
  • Traffic will be detoured for five weeks

 

Rapid Bridge Replacement Project Contact Information

  • Project Website: www.parapidbridges.com
  • Project Hotline: (877) 444-9990
  • Project E-mail: info@parapidbridges.com

 

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