Currently in Georgia, 20 of 203 parks have adopted the 100% Tobacco-Free Parks Policy, and 8 of 203 parks are smoke free, protecting 4,094,807 youth and adults from the dangers and harms of second hand smoke exposure and creating a safe and healthy environment. Tobacco-Free Parks Policy is an evidenced-based strategy for preventing youth tobacco use and exposure.
Why are Tobacco-Free Parks Important?
A comprehensive Tobacco-Free Parks Policy does more than deter individual tobacco use. It benefits everyone by reducing exposure to secondhand smoke (SHS). There is no safe level of exposure to SHS. Exposure to SHS outdoors can even have negative health consequences:
- A study published in 2007 found that SHS exposure in outdoor areas such as parks can rival SHS amounts in indoor spaces.
- U.S. Surgeon General’s report (2012)
100% Tobacco-Free Parks in Georgia
Here’s How You Can Support Your Parks Policy
Point everyone to signs that notify all parks users of the policy.
How to Adopt the 100% Tobacco-Free Parks Policy
Check to see if your park’s current policy meets the model policy requirements:
This is a template of what a model 100% Tobacco-Free Parks Policy should say.
Page last updated 09/26/2016