Why Smoke and Tobacco Free Parks?
Many communities in Oregon and across the nation are committed to creating a wholesome environment that creates healthy recreation for children and families. Providing tobacco-free parks is a simple and easy way to promote health and wellness.
What are the benefits of tobacco free parks?
There are many advantages to having tobacco free parks. Some of the benefits include the following:
- Minimizing smoking in the environment helps to encourage tobacco-free lifestyles. It is one of the best ways to prevent youth from starting to smoke.
- Smoke and tobacco free parks are a great cessation resource. Creating an environment free of tobacco eliminates visual, olfactory, and social cues for smoking which makes it easier to stay quit.
- Reduced fire risks and maintenance costs.
- Less exposure to second-hand smoke.
Which parks in Lane County are tobacco free?
In Lane County, all 196 parks and recreation areas in the Cities of Veneta, Cottage Grove, and Eugene and within the Willamalane Park and Recreation District in Springfield are tobacco-free. Also all state and national parks are tobacco free.
What’s the latest on Tobacco-Free Parks?
On January 24th, 2017, the Board of Commissioners passed a policy on Tobacco-Free County Parks. The policy includes an exemption allowing smoking in campsites. Learn more about the new ordinance here.