Written by: John DeRousie, Custom Marketing Solutions
Fulton, NY – Participants in the Catholic Charities of Oswego County’s CYO Summer Drop In Recreation Program learned of the dangers of tobacco and second hand smoke recently when Abby Jenkins, program coordinator for the Tobacco Free Network of Oswego visited CYO.
Jenkins’ presentation included a reading of the book, Saying No To Tobacco and an interactive discussion on the importance of having tobacco free parks and playgrounds.
“Parks are about clean air, natural beauty and engaging in healthy activities,” said Jenkins. “Children should not be exposed to the harmful effects of second hand smoke while playing. I discussed with the children specific reasons for, and the benefits of, having tobacco free parks and playgrounds.”
When asked to share their thoughts on the topic, the children’s answers were quite insightful.
“I would like cleaner air,” said Marisa, age 7.
“Cigarette butts are dirty and can cause fires,” said Tyler, age 11.
“Smoking can cause cancer and I want my family and friends to be healthy,” said Madison, age 12.
Throughout the presentation CYO Coordinator, Stacie Roberts was impressed with the interest that the children showed and their eagerness to participate.
“They really listened intently and took ownership of the issue. Their input and ideas were great and realized that their voices can be heard and that they can make a difference in their community,” added Jenkins.
Established in 1999, the Tobacco Free Network of Oswego County, located at 317 W. First St., Oswego, is a community-based coalition committed to reducing the human and social toll of tobacco use in Oswego County.
Funding from the New York State Department of Health Tobacco Control Program supports the TFN’s efforts.
For more information on the TFN, call Jenkins at 315-343-2344.
Catholic Charities of Oswego County serves all people in need regardless of their religious affiliation. Primary funding sources for Catholic Charities of Oswego County programs are the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the Diocesan Hope Appeal, the County of Oswego and private donations by individuals and local companies and organizations.