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LAKEWOOD: Make parks healthier, cleaner places

Letter by Nancy J. Schauer, Lakewood on Feb. 10, 2014 at 1:38 pm | No Comments »
February 10, 2014 2:32 pm

Next week the Lakewood City Council will consider the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board’s recommendation to ban tobacco products on park property. Now Lakewood has a tremendous opportunity to protect our youth and families from the dangerous health effects of tobacco use.

As a Lakewood resident and chair of the American Heart Association’s South Sound Division board of directors, I urge the Lakewood City Council to adopt the proposed code change to make our parks smoke-free.

Children and families go to parks to use playground equipment, engage in physical activity and enjoy fresh air. We should support and encourage these healthy habits rather than expose kids to unhealthy behaviors and dangerous secondhand smoke.

I encourage the Lakewood City Council to support the proposed smoke-free parks code change. Let’s protect nonsmokers and make our parks safer, cleaner and more enjoyable, while safeguarding our youth from a lifelong and deadly addiction.

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