Tobacco Free Parks and Playgrounds
Why should parks/playgrounds be tobacco-free?
Children model adult behavior.
- When children see adults smoking in family-friendly places such as parks and playgrounds, they see smoking as acceptable.
Secondhand smoke is harmful.
- Secondhand smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals.
- Children exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to suffer from upper respiratory problems and ear infections.
- Secondhand smoke is especially harmful for children with asthma.
- There is no risk-free level of secondhand smoke exposure.
Cigarette butts are hazardous.
- Cigarette butts are the most littered item in the world.
- Small children can pick up littered cigarette butts and put them in their mouths, which can cause choking, burns, or nicotine poisoning.
- Cigarette butt cleanup is costly to taxpayers.
(Source: Dept. of Health & Human Services. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Fact Sheet: Secondhand Smoke)
If you are interested in creating a local tobacco-free parks and playgrounds policy contact STTAC Community Engagement Coordinator, Michelle Larimore, and we can help with policy development and can even provide FREE "no smoking/ tobacco use" signs, while supplies last!