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B$Z: Tahoe Donner Turns Smoke-Free for Fire Safety

June 29, 2015

Tahoe Donner Association is taking the lead on reducing fire danger this summer and fall through the implementation of a smoking ban on all Tahoe Donner-owned property. This fire safety stance prohibits smoking at all amenities, common areas, and other association-owned properties as a result of extreme fire danger effective June 1 through the end of the year. This ban includes such facilities as the golf course, parking lots, open space and trails.

“As a leader in outdoor recreation, it is our responsibility to our guests, members and community to ensure Tahoe Donner is a safe place to play and visit,” said General Manager Robb Etnyre. “We believe this new policy, combined with our current defensible space practices aligns well with our fire prevention goals.”

Aimed at reducing the risks of extreme fire danger, Tahoe Donner’s smoke-free regulation applies to all individuals, including employees. To accommodate anyone with an interest in quitting smoking, information on local free programs is available on Tahoe Donner’s website at Fines for violation of the smoking rule start at $50 and may be assessed, per incident, on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis according to the nature and severity of the infraction. The ban does not apply to homeowners’ properties or e-cigarettes, and employees may smoke within their cars.

Smoke-free is becoming a trend in the industry, with businesses such as Tahoe Donner paving the way locally; Whistler Blackcomb introduced a smoke-free policy last month. “We are proud to be smoke-free,” said Etnyre. “And we’ll continue to look for additional ways to improve our fire safety procedures within our community.”  

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