Get the Facts!Policies help create an environment where adults, mentors and coaches model a healthy, tobacco-free lifestyle that children want to emulate.
- Secondhand smoke travels and is harmful to others – in both indoor and outdoor settings. There is no safe level of exposure.
- 9 out of 10 adults who smoke began when they were adolescents. To eliminate the false perception that smoking is an “adult” activity, no age group should be permitted to use tobacco on recreation center grounds.
- Local recreation groups influence Maine’s children and are important partners in promoting policies for better health. When they’re not in school, children in communities across Maine spend much of their time at community-based recreation facilities.
- Cigarette butts are the most littered item in the country, creating tobacco-free environments will reduce tobacco related litter at community recreation sites.