To comply with the state smoking ban, Honda Motor Co. made its Marysville plant and surrounding property smoke-free on Feb. 8.
By Feb. 9, visitors and employees began driving off the property and parking on nearby roads to smoke.
The Union County sheriff’s office expressed concern that people parking and standing along those roads might be injured. Honda quickly (and wisely) saw the liability and created on-site smoking areas. It still will be a challenge for the roughly 10,000 employees and contractors who work in the 4-million-square-foot plant to get to the smoking areas during their breaks, but those areas will be closer than the nearest highway.
"We still don’t want to encourage smoking, but we want a safe workplace first and foremost,” a company spokesman said.