Parks and Recreation Facilities

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.

Partnership with the Georgia Recreation and Park Association

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:

100% Tobacco-Free Parks in Georgia

Click here and here 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:

This is a template of what a model 100% Tobacco-Free Parks Policy should say.

Additional Resources

The Tobacco-Free Sports Playbook: Creating Programs for Healthier Youth, Teams, and Communities





Page last updated 09/26/2016