Smoke Free Parks Initiative


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This is a presentation that I gave to the Napa Parks and Recreation Commission on behalf of the Napa County Tobacco Advisory Board requesting that the Commission recommend a Smke-Free Parks Ordinance to the Napa City Council. Feel free to use any part of it for your own purpose, especially if you are trying to restrict tobacco use.

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Smoke Free Parks Initiative

  1. 1. Tobacco Education Program of Napa County Toxic Litter Initiative
  2. 2. Jim Tennant ___________________________ At Large Member __________________ Napa County Tobacco Advisory Board Manuel Cordero ____________________ Tobacco Education Specialist _______________________ Napa County Tobacco Education Program Peggy Klick ____________________________ Program Director _______________________ is out of town.
  3. 4. Cigarette butts are deadly. The acetate (plastic) filters take many years to decompose and are specifically designed to accumulate toxins.
  4. 5. Each cigarette butt can contain up to 60 known human carcinogens including arsenic, formaldehyde, chromium and lead.
  5. 6. They can be eaten by young children or wildlife. They can travel through storm drains and end up in our waterways. They cause fires if not completely extinguished.
  6. 8. Cigarette litter represents over 20% of all litter collected in many community cleanup initiatives.
  7. 9. There are over 176 million pounds of cigarette butts discarded in the United States each year.
  8. 10. This is equal 44,000 cars lined up bumper to bumper for 167 miles.
  9. 11. Each year cigarette butts are the number one item picked up during the California Coastal and Intercoastal Cleanup Day.
  10. 12. In 2005, more than 250,000 cigarette butts (35 percent of the litter collected) were picked up in one day from California's creeks, rivers, bays and beaches.
  11. 13. <ul><li>Earth Day Riverside Park Cleanup </li></ul><ul><li>We worked with Friends of the Napa River </li></ul><ul><li>From just Riverside Park, which had been cleaned up only 6 months earlier, we collected 1431 cigarette butts. </li></ul>
  12. 15. And each one can contain up to 60 known human carcinogens.
  13. 16. City of Napa Parks and Recreation City of Napa Water Division Napa Valley Museum California Native Plant Society, Napa Chapter Napa County Wildlife Conservation Sustainable Napa Valley The Watershed Project Skyline Park Citizens Association City of Napa Recycling Division  Earth Defense for the Environment Now (EDEN) Carolyn Parr Nature Center Commission Napa County Resource Conservation District California Conservation Corps Friends of the Napa River Ag in the Classroom     Napa County Sierra Club Acorn Soupe Napa Solano Audubon Society Napa Sanitation District The Land Trust of Napa County Napa County Stormwater Management Program Connolly Ranch Associations Contacted Requesting Support of the Toxic Litter Initiative
  14. 17. <ul><li>As part of the Smoke-Free Parks initiative, the Tobacco Advisory Board conducted a public opinion survey to determine the level of support for the passage of an outdoor no smoking policy. </li></ul><ul><li>The survey was conducted at various locations in the City of Napa. </li></ul><ul><li>We received a total of 575 responses. </li></ul>
  15. 18. <ul><li>The survey respondents were: </li></ul><ul><li>54% female, 46% male </li></ul><ul><li>75% residents of the City of Napa, an additional 15% residents Napa County and 10% from outside Napa County </li></ul><ul><li>15% current smokers, 32% former smokers and 53% never smoked </li></ul>
  16. 19. <ul><li>The survey results were: </li></ul><ul><li>91% feel that tobacco litter in public parks is harmful to the environment </li></ul><ul><li>82% feel that tobacco use in public parks is harmful to their health or the health of their family </li></ul>
  17. 20. AND 77% would support a smoke-free policy in Napa’s public parks!
  18. 21. <ul><li>Smoke-Free Parks is not a radical, ground-breaking, new concept. </li></ul><ul><li>As of November, 2007 a total of 18 California counties, including 4 Bay Area counties, and a total of 139 California cities, including 37 Bay Area cities, have restrictions or bans on smoking in public places, almost all including smoke-free parks. </li></ul>
  19. 22. <ul><li>These jurisdictions include the cities of Healdsburg, Sonoma, Vacaville and Santa Rosa and the counties of Marin, San Mateo, Alameda and San Francisco. </li></ul>
  20. 23. <ul><li>The Napa County Tobacco Advisory Board requests that the Napa Parks & Recreation Commission recommend a Smoke-Free Parks ordinance to the Napa City Council. </li></ul>
  21. 24. Questions?
  22. 25. Thank you for your time and attention.