Litter and secondhand smoke in town parks were enough to inspire the Clifton Park Town Board to take action. At a meeting last month, the Town Board unanimously agreed to make its parks, trails, and nature preserves 100% smoke-free.
According to the Living Tobacco-Free Initiative of Glens Falls Hospital, tobacco litter is poisonous to children and wildlife. Town Board Supervisor, Phil Barrett told The Daily Gazette that he has seen such litter in secluded areas of the town’s parks, which solidified the need for the new measures.
Enforcement of the Blanket Ban
- Signs will be posted around parks to warn against smoking
- Town workers are requested to remind people of ban rules
- No fines or tickets will be distributed
This ban is a widespread community effort that will rely on partnerships. According to The Daily Gazette, Clifton Park will be partnering up with the Living Tobacco-Free Initiative to:
- Teach local community leaders and public about dangerous repercussions of tobacco use
- Decrease secondhand smoke exposure
- Reduce normalcy of tobacco use
- Decrease tobacco industry’s presence in the community
Enjoy cleaner outdoor public spaces in Clifton Park this summer without having to worry about secondhand smoke!
- The Daily Gazette: Clifton Park to ban smoking in all parks, trails