SCHROEPPEL, NY— On October 1, a tobacco-free policy took effect that will begin improving the health of residents using William J. Farley Jr. Community Park.
The town of Schroeppel recognizes that tobacco use in proximity of children, youth and adults engaging in or watching recreational activities is unhealthy and detrimental to the health of others.
Tobacco products are also often discarded on the ground, thus posing a risk of ingestion to toddlers and causing a litter problem.
Further, parents, leaders, coaches, and officials are thought of as role models, and the use of tobacco products around youth has a negative effect on their lifestyle choices.
The policy will affect all indoor and outdoor areas of the park, including parking lots.
Tobacco users are welcome in the parks and can opt to either abstain or leave the grounds to smoke while utilizing the facilities.
The Tobacco Free Network of CNY (TFN) has assisted the town of Schroeppel town board with the adoption of this policy; which is intended to preserve the right to clean air.
While there is no legal right to smoke, the public does have a legal right to clean air.
According to Erica Ward, Community Specialist with TFN “Secondhand tobacco smoke is a serious health hazard, and research has found that it is dangerous in outdoor areas too. There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke and about 50,000 – 60,000 nonsmokers die every year in the US because of secondhand tobacco smoke.”
The TFN uses a policy driven population based approach designed to prevent youth from smoking and to motivate adult smokers to quit, through community engagement, Reality Check, and NYS smokers’ Quitline.
For more information about TFN call (315) 343-2344 ext. 10 or email [email protected]
Tobacco users who want to quit can access the many free services available through the NYS Smokers’ Quitline, 1-866-NY-QUITS.