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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!

1. Implement

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

2. Apply

Apply to participate in Young Lungs at Play by filling out the form attached. Email the form to the name listed at the bottom.

3. Install

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- 
MUNICIPALITIES

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.

Conewago Township

YLAP Implemented:

September 2018

Delta Borough

YLAP Implemented:

May 2017

Dillsburg Borough

YLAP Implemented:

September 2017

Hallam Borough

YLAP Implemented: 

March 2017

Hanover Borough

YLAP Implemented: 

March 2017

Hellam Township

YLAP Implemented: 

June 2017

Jefferson Borough

YLAP Implemented: 

June 2017

North York Borough

YLAP Implemented:

July 2019

Penn Township

YLAP Implemented: 

July 2012

Spring Garden Township

YLAP Implemented: 

May 2012

Springettsbury Township

YLAP Implemented: 

May 2012

Stewartstown Borough

YLAP Implemented: 

June 2012

West Manchester Township

YLAP Implemented: 

April 2015

West Manheim Township

YLAP Implemented:

September 2017

Windsor Township

YLAP Implemented: 

May 2012

York City

YLAP Implemented: 

June 2017

 

YORK COUNTY YLAP HONOR ROLL -
OTHER LOCATIONS

 

Children in Bloom Childcare Center

Crispus Attucks Association of York

Hopewell Area Recreation Parks

South Western School District

York City - Bureau of Health

York Housing Authority