Parks, playgrounds, beaches and other recreational areas should be places that people can go to enjoy the outdoors, breathe fresh air and exercise.  When kids see people using tobacco products at their local parks and playgrounds it normalizes the use of tobacco.  They should not have to be exposed to this subtle tobacco marketing, secondhand smoke, or tobacco waste that frequently accompanies it.  Another public health concern is tobacco litter which is hazardous to children and wildlife.

How We Speak Out

  • Reality Check youth host park clean up days in which they help pick up cigarette butts

  • Write letters to editors

  • Hold press events

  • Meet with elected officials.