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Smoke and Vape Free Parks

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Why Go Tobacco Free?

Parks promote health and wellness in communities.

80% of Pierce County adults don’t smoke cigarettes. It makes sense to create tobacco-free environments to align with community norms.

Benefits of tobacco-free parks

Tobacco–free public places:

  • Create a positive environment for children—some of the most frequent users of parks.
  • Reduce opportunities for youth to start using tobacco and vapor products (including marijuana).
  • Prevent negative consequences of secondhand smoke. Even outdoors, children and adults can suffer.
  • Decrease litter from cigarette butts in parks. 480 million cigarette butts are littered in Washington State every year.

Pierce County tobacco and vape free parks

Eleven Pierce County park jurisdictions have smoking or vaping policies.

Smoke and vape free parks

  • City of Bonney Lake
  • Eatonville Parks Department
  • Fife Parks and Recreation
  • City of Lakewood
  • Metro Parks Tacoma
  • Key Pen Parks
  • PenMet Parks
  • City of Puyallup

Smoke free parks

  • City of Fircrest
  • City of Gig Harbor
  • City of Yelm

 Why Now?

  • Opportunity to align park policies with other tobacco-free policies throughout Pierce County.
  • Offer the community tobacco-free environments at events.
  • Promote a tobacco-free to youth who use the parks.

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More information

Contact Jessica Alvestad at jalvestad@tpchd.org or (253) 377-4242. Let us know if your park has a tobacco free policy and we will add you to the list.