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 …