YOUNG LUNGS AT PLAY
When a parent smokes around their child, they are not only hurting their own health, but damaging their child's health in the process. According to the American Lung Association every year more than 41,000 people in the U.S. die from secondhand smoke exposure. Children, pregnant women, older people and people with heart or breathing problems like asthma or COPD are at greatest risk, but even healthy people should avoid secondhand smoke. Children's behaviors are influenced by those around them. It is possible that if they see a role model using tobacco, they in turn will view smoking as acceptable and likely become a daily smoker, further damaging their health and polluting our parks.
Municipalities, school districts, youth sports organizations and other groups are invited to join the Pennsylvania Department of Health and partnering agencies in eliminating children’s exposure to secondhand smoke at public parks and playgrounds. Policy initiatives are key strategies in influencing community norms and effective ways to limit exposure to the dangers of secondhand smoke. This initiative protects the environment and protects the health of all. We will support you as you work to create tobacco-free parks and playgrounds. For more information, visit Young Lungs at Play's website.
3 EASY STEPS
Follow these three basic steps to enroll for free in Young Lungs at Play. Contact us for more information!
Implement a local 100% tobacco-free ordinance, policy or resolution in public areas where children play to help accomplish this. Identify the specific areas within the park or playground being covered and include:
a statement that all forms of tobacco use and electronic smoking devices are prohibited;
an enforcement plan; and
a communications plan for informing the public
Apply to participate in Young Lungs at Play by filling out the form attached. Email the form to the name listed at the bottom.
Install Young Lungs at Play signs at designated areas and help spread the word about the program.
Feel free to send us pictures signs posted in your parks via the email button below. We love to share your success.
RESOURCES AND SIGNAGE
Local staff or volunteers are available to attend your meetings and provide Young Lungs at Play information: sample ordinances, policies, or resolutions.
You will be provided with no-cost standard pre-printed 12”x 18” metal signs (English and/or Spanish) to place in your tobacco-free area(s) after implementing a tobacco-free parks policy.
You will also be placed on the Pennsylvania Young Lungs at Play Honor Roll and on this website, recognizing your efforts in becoming a tobacco free community!
YORK COUNTY YLAP HONOR ROLL-
Thank you to all of these municipalities who have implemented a tobacco-free policy at their parks and are working to improve the health of all.
YORK COUNTY YLAP HONOR ROLL -
North York Borough
Spring Garden Township
West Manchester Township
West Manheim Township