CARLTON — The Town Board this week voted 4-1 to ban tobacco at their park and all town-owned recreation areas.
The new policy continues the trailblazing efforts of towns and villages within Orleans County to protect the residents from harmful dangers of second hand smoke and help promote healthy lifestyles to the younger generation.
The proposal to implement the initiative was presented to Town Clerk Pam Rush by Smoke Free NOW, a program of Genesee/Orleans Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse.
Smoke Free NOW, a coalition of agencies and individuals dedicated to reducing tobacco use in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming, is helping municipalities to adopt resolutions and ordinances to create cleaner parks, playgrounds and beaches. The signs informing the public of the new changes will be paid for by Smoke Free NOW and installed within a week.
”By taking this step, the Town Board will help to decrease the social acceptability of tobacco use, especially in a place where families gather,” said Kevin Keenan, coordinator for Smoke Free NOW. ”About 25,000 people die every year in New York state from smoking related illnesses. If adolescents can be kept tobacco free, most will remain tobacco free for the rest of their lives.”
For more information, visit www.smokefreenow.org or call (585) 815-1875.