A healthy community is a tobacco-free community. And everyone plays a part in becoming one. Schools can adopt 100% tobacco-free campuses. Businesses can implement smokefree policies and provide tobacco cessation resources to current employees who smoke.
City councils and community leaders can pass strong local ordinances to prevent initiation of tobacco use. And you can encourage loved ones to quit with help from the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline.
Also, we can help improve community wellness by eliminating smoking in public places like parks and outdoor recreation areas. By doing so, we can protect the community from dangerous secondhand smoke, plus:
- Parks are established to promote healthy activities and community wellness, and tobacco-free policies fit with this idea.
- We can reduce harmful cigarette litter. Discarded cigarettes pollute the land and water and may be ingested by toddlers, pets, birds or fish.
- Tobacco-free policies help change community norms. They establish the fact that tobacco use is not an acceptable behavior for young people or adults within the entire community.