Through my work I am privileged to interact with many families in our area and, of course, that includes some smokers. Most adults who smoke are genuinely concerned for the well-being of children, at least according to what I see. As we know, small amounts of secondhand smoke can trigger allergies, asthma attacks and other breathing problems, especially in children. Many smokers and non-smokers wish to set an example and communicate a message that encourages youth not to start smoking. Many are also willing to support and cooperate with efforts to promote the health of all non-smokers, such as by observing designated smoking areas, both indoors and out.
A lot of tobacco users have successfully quit and a lot more hope to quit in the future. Any former smoker will tell you what a great help it is to know that certain locations, even outdoors, will be smoke-free. This makes it much easier to pass through, whether out for a walk or entering a public building, without smelling the smoke that would trigger a craving.
Over and over, I am impressed by people’s willingness to adjust their own actions to benefit others. I appreciate the consideration shown when someone waits to light up, moves to a designated area, or carefully contains any potential litter and disposes of it in a proper fashion. Please join me in thanking those people.
Project Action is currently working together with Tobacco Free New York State on behalf of the people in our area. See www.tobaccofreenys.org/Tobacco-Free-Outdoors-Campaign-2011.html to find key messages and facts, frequently asked questions, and lots of ideas on how you can join the effort, too.
For more information on tobacco-free outdoors, please visit www.projectactionhfm.org or www.tobaccofreenys.org.
HFM Prevention Council