Currently in Georgia, 24 of 203 parks have adopted the 100% Tobacco-Free Parks Policy, and 8 of 203 parks are smoke free, protecting 2,870,568 youth and adults from the dangers and harms of secondhand 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 published in 2007 found that SHS exposure in outdoor areas such as parks can rival SHS amounts in indoor spaces.
100% Tobacco-Free Parks in Georgia
to see if your local park(s) and recreation facilities have adopted and implemented the 100% model Tobacco-Free parks Policy.
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:
is a template of what a model 100% Tobacco-Free Parks Policy should say.
Quitting is your best option to reduce your risk from smoking and tobacco use-related diseases. Vaping is not a healthy alternative to smoking. E-cigarettes and vape products are not FDA-approved cessation devices. For more information and support to help you quit contact the Georgia Tobacco Quit Line.
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Last revised 7/12/2023