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Health and Wellness Newsroom

Survey to Gauge Attitudes on Smoke-free Playgrounds

Wednesday February 26, 2014

The Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement has launched a survey to gauge community attitudes toward smoking in city playgrounds and spraygrounds.
“Children should be able to play and breathe freely from the hazards of secondhand smoke,” said Public Health and Wellness director, Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt. “Parents also shouldn’t have to worry about their toddlers eating or handling cigarette butts. We think it would make a big impact on the health of our children if we had a voluntary smoke-free policy around all Metro Park’s playgrounds and spraygrounds.”

“Last week, we released Healthy Louisville 2020 — a roadmap and shared community agenda for making Louisville a much healthier city by 2020,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “Creating healthy neighborhoods and homes by reducing tobacco use and creating smoke-free environments are key strategies to our success. Making our playgrounds, spraygrounds and pools smoke free is the right thing to do for our kids – but we want to gather the community’s thoughts about this effort first.”

In late 2013 signs saying “Children at play - thank you for not smoking” were installed in the playgrounds of three of Louisville’s Olmsted Parks - Cherokee, Iroquois and Shawne. Public Health and Wellness staff members counted cigarette butts left in and near the playgrounds both before and after the installation of the signs and found significantly fewer cigarette butts in the parks after the installation of the signs.

“We want to encourage people to not smoke near the playgrounds, spraygrounds and pool areas in our parks, and these signs act as a friendly reminder,” said Metro Parks & Recreation Director Mike Heitz. “We hope people will share their views on this issue by participating in the survey, which will help guide future policy decisions.”

You are encouraged to take the survey. Share the survey with friends and family and encourage them to take it as well. You can find it at (Look at the top rotating stories). Attached is a fact sheet about Louisville’s smoke-free playgrounds.