Parks, playgrounds, beaches and other recreational areas should be places that people can go to enjoy the outdoors, breathe fresh air and exercise. They should not have to be exposed to secondhand smoke. Another public health concern is tobacco litter which is hazardous to children and wildlife.
Currently over 515 municipalities in New York State have passed regulations restricting tobacco use in outdoor recreational areas.
Community Partnerships are working to establish more tobacco free outdoor areas around clubs, businesses, college campuses and other grounds. Contact your local Community Partnership for sample policies, signage and/or assistance in creating outdoor tobacco use policies.