Re: “Lakewood backs off ban on tobacco in parks” (TNT, 1-19).
On behalf of the Tobacco-Free Alliance of Pierce County (TAP), I support the Lakewood Parks and Recreation Advisory Board’s unanimous recommendation to make the city’s parks tobacco-free.
Tobacco use is a leading cause of preventable death and disease in the nation, in Washington state and in Pierce County. Our parks should be healthy and safe places for families to gather and for kids and adults to be physically active.
Parks currently regulate the use of alcohol and require owners to clean up after their pets. Eliminating tobacco use …