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Posted on April 29, 2014City of Philadelphia


How about this idea, ban retail outlets from selling cigarettes and all tobacco products. But wait ! That wouldn't work, Big Government would lose the tax dollars from the sale of cigarettes. So hypocritical .
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Philadelphia, April 29, 2014 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter, joined by Deputy Mayor for Health and Opportunity Dr. Donald Schwarz and Deputy Mayor for Environmental and Community Resources Michael DiBerardinis, signed an Executive Order extending smoke-free regulations to all City parks.

Under this order, smoking is prohibited in more than 100 Philadelphia neighborhood parks and watershed parks, totaling more than 11,000 acres of public space. This policy goes into effect immediately.

“Eliminating smoking in public parks is a commonsense policy that clearly aligns with our City’s existing smoke-free regulations for recreation centers, pools and playgrounds. Specifically, this policy protects the environment and the health and wellness of our citizens,” said Nutter. “I want to thank Dr. Schwarz and Deputy Mayor DiBerardinis for their leadership on this issue, for their commitment to the public’s health and for their dedication to keeping our parks clean and safe for all citizens.”

The policy will be enforced by parks’ staff. In addition, the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Department of Public Health will support enforcement efforts through community education with a public awareness campaign, which includes the “No butts about it” media campaign.

Philadelphia joins other large cities, like New York City, Los Angles and Atlanta, in prohibiting smoking in public parks. Smoke-free parks is an extension of the Clean Indoor Air Worker Protection Act, which prohibited smoking in workplaces, restaurants and bars, and a 2011 Executive Order that made recreation centers, pools and playgrounds smoke-free.

Lauren Bornfriend, Executive Director, Philadelphia Parks Alliance, concluded, “Parks are vital natural resources. This policy will keep them clean, healthy and safe.”