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.