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Public Urged to Complete Smoke-free Playground Survey by Monday, March 31

Tuesday March 25, 2014

People living throughout Metro Louisville are encouraged to complete a survey by Monday, March 31, to gauge community attitudes toward smoking in city playgrounds and spraygrounds. The survey is at http://www.louisvilleky.gov/MetroParks/. 

“Toddlers and young children have respiratory systems that are still developing. They are especially vulnerable to the effects of secondhand smoke,” said Public Health and Wellness Director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt. “We want to measure public sentiment for protecting our children in outdoor spaces where they play.”

In late 2013 signs saying “Children at play - thank you for not smoking” were installed in the playgrounds of Louisville’s three Olmsted Parks - Cherokee, Iroquois and Shawnee. 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.

“Parks, playgrounds and spraygrounds are about clean air, natural beauty and engaging in healthy activities,” said Metro Parks Director Mike Heitz. “We want to hear from people on this important issue.”

To date 760 surveys have been completed.