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Hearing Tuesday on indoor vaping ban

0203_KSLO_Vape5-300x249UPDATE: The Health Board unanimously approved the indoor vaping ban Tuesday afternoon. No comments were given during the formal public hearing. 

Kitsap Public Health District Health Board will hold a formal public hearing Tuesday on a proposed ordinance that would ban vaping in indoor public places.

The board meeting is scheduled for 1:45 p.m. at the Norm Dicks Government center in Bremerton.

The ordinance would prohibit vaping in any interior space available to the public in Kitsap County, including workplaces, bars, restaurants, stores, buses and elevators.

The ordinance wouldn’t affect vaping in vape stores.

The health district had been developing a much broader set of vaping regulations before the Legislature approved an overarching state vaping law.

You can read the proposed ordinance here.

Health district releases new draft vaping ordinance

0203_KSLO_Vape5Kitsap Public Health District posted an updated draft of an ordinance Wednesday that would ban vaping in indoor public places.

The district had been developing a much broader ordinance regulating vaping and vape shops in the county but a new state law on vaping nullified many of the proposed local rules. 

The state law bans minors younger than 18 from possessing or purchasing vapor products, requires vapor retailers to obtain licenses and prohibits vaping in some public places, such as schools and playgrounds, frequented by children, among many other provisions.

The law didn’t address vaping in many indoor public places, and that’s the area the health district is targeting with its new draft ordinance.

The ordinance would prohibit vaping in any interior space available to the public, including workplaces, restaurants, stores, buses and elevators — essentially any enclosed gathering space that is not a private residence:

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Under the proposed ordinance, establishments that bar entry to minors could obtain waivers to allow indoor vaping. The local ban also would not apply to vape shops, where vaping is still allowed under the new state law.

The public health board will review the new draft ordinance at its May 3 meeting, but will not take action until a later date.

The full text of the draft ordinance is posted below:

KPHB Draft Regulations Restricting Vaping in Indoor Public Places by Tad Sooter

Food safety: Restaurant scores for April and May

Below are the April and May restaurant inspection scores distributed by the Kitsap Public Health District. (If May sounds like a repeat, it’s because I mistakenly labeled the March scores as May scores in a June 3 post).

The health district keeps tabs on more than 1,000 establishments in Kitsap. Each is usually inspected twice a year. Inspectors make sure food is handled properly from prep to serving.

The district works with operators to correct deficiencies. Grades from the inspections are made available to the public.

The inspection reports from April and May are posted below. For even more detailed safety information on a restaurant, you can use the health district’s handy database search.

April Restaurant Scores

May Restaurant Scores

Food safety: Restaurant scores for March

Jacks7_16259067_ver1.0_640_480Correction: I originally referred to these as May scores. Inspections were conducted in March.

Below are the March restaurant inspection scores distributed by the Kitsap Public Health District.

The health district keeps tabs on more than 1,000 establishments in Kitsap. Each is usually inspected twice a year. Inspectors make sure food is handled properly from prep to serving.

The district works with operators to correct deficiencies. Grades from the inspections are made available to the public.

The inspection report from March is posted below. For even more detailed safety information on a restaurant, you can use the health district’s handy database search.

March restaurant scores

Food safety: Restaurant inspection grades

DiningOut_Veneto01_11380288_ver1.0_640_480Below are the monthly restaurant inspection scores for September and October, distributed by the Kitsap Public Health District.

The health district keeps tabs on more than 1,000 establishments in Kitsap. Each is usually inspected twice a year. Inspectors make sure food is handled properly from prep to serving.

The district works with operators to correct deficiencies. Grades from the inspections are made available to the public.

The inspection report from April is posted below. For even more detailed safety information on a restaurant, you can use the health district’s handy database search. Continue reading

Flu cases on the rise in Kitsap County

Flu season is upon us.

Hospitals, longterm care facilities and physicians are reporting an increased number of influenza cases. One person in Kitsap County who died recently tested positive for the flu.

Flu viruses have adapted, making the current flu shot somewhat less effective this year. Kitsap Public Health District is still urging residents to get the vaccination, as it still covers a number of flu strains and may offer some protection from the adapted strains.

The district offers low-cost flu shots for children (more information below). Free flu shots for moms are available through a program offered at Rite-Aid. The Department of Health has a flu vaccine finder tool on its flu information page.

A full news release from the health district is posted below and downloadable hereContinue reading

Food safety: Restaurant inspection grades

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Below are the latest restaurant inspection scores distributed by Kitsap Public Health District.

The health district keeps tabs on more than 1,000 establishments in Kitsap. Each is usually inspected twice a year. Inspectors make sure food is handled properly from prep to serving.

The district works with operators to correct deficiencies. Grades from the inspections are made available to the public.

The inspection report is posted below. For even more detailed safety information on a restaurant, you can use the health district’s handy database search.

Health district issues statement on Ebola

Kitsap Public Health District sent out a news release Thursday detailing its efforts to prepare the possibility of an Ebola case being identified locally.

The district stressed there have been no cases in our area, and the chance of Ebola of a case being found in Kitsap is extremely small.

The full statement from the district is posted below: Continue reading

Food safety: Restaurant grades for July

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Here are monthly restaurant inspection scores for July distributed by the Kitsap Public Health District.

The health district keeps tabs on more than 1,000 establishments in Kitsap. Each is usually inspected twice a year. Inspectors make sure food is handled properly from prep to serving. The district works with operators to correct deficiencies. Grades from the inspections are made available to the public.

The inspection report from April is posted below. For even more detailed safety information on a restaurant, you can use the health district’s handy database search.

Food Safety: Restaurant grades for April

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As a new feature here on the Minding Your Business blog, I’ll be posting monthly food safety grades distributed by the Kitsap Public Health District.

The health district keeps tabs on more than 1,000 establishments in Kitsap. Each is usually inspected twice a year. Inspectors make sure food is handled properly from prep to serving. The district works with operators to correct deficiencies. Grades from the inspections are made available to the public.

The inspection report from April is posted below. For even more detailed safety information on a restaurant, you can use the health district’s handy database search. Continue reading