ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala. -- Depot Commander Col. Joel Warhurst signed a new smoking policy for the installation on Feb. 6.

The policy defines tobacco products as cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, smokeless tobacco, electronic cigarettes/vaporizers, inhaled tobacco and all other tobacco products designed for human consumption.

The use of these tobacco products is prohibited in all Department of the Army-occupied workplaces, except for designated smoking areas.

"The term 'workplace' includes any area inside a building or facility over which the DA has custody and control or where work is performed by military personnel, civilians or persons under contract to the Army," says the policy.

Outside of work areas, tobacco use is prohibited in all government vehicles and common areas, such as walkways or parking lots.

The only exception to this is within privately owned vehicles.

Tobacco use and smoking are also prohibited in Child and Youth Services facilities and sports fields, except in designated areas out of the presence or view of children and youth.

Tobacco use is allowed within 10 feet of designated smoking areas throughout the installation and the policy states all smoking areas will be designated as such, will be reasonably accessible to employees, will contain cigarette butt receptacles and, if possible, will have a measure of protection from the elements, such as an overhang.

"The personal health hazards related to tobacco products have been well documented. The health hazards related to smoking impact both the smoker and the non-smoker who is exposed to second-hand smoke" said Shane Roberts from the depot Safety Office. "This policy helps ensure the safety of the ANAD workforce and visitors and provides all employees with a work environment conducive to good health."