Health risks of secondhand smoke outdoors:
- It has been shown that during smoking, outdoor levels of secondhand smoke may be as high as indoor levels and may pose a health risk for people nearby (if you can smell it, you are being exposed).
- According to the U.S. Surgeon General's report in 2006, "Breathing even a little secondhand smoke can be harmful."
- Not only are we concerned about secondhand smoke, we are concerned for our youth. Having tobacco-free grounds and parks helps set a positive norm for our youth. 90% of adults started using tobacco before the age of 18. Therefore, in order to reduce the use of tobacco in our community, we should influence kids not to start.
A cleaner environment:
- Cigarette butts are the most commonly littered item in America.
- Outdoor smoke-free policies have been shown to decrease litter making the clean-up at outdoor areas less cumbersome.