Smok­ing ban ap­proved

North Penn Life - - Front Page - By Dan Sokil dsokil@jour­nalregis­ter.com

A tar­geted smok­ing and to­bacco ban in parts of Lans­dale’s parks, near pools and play­grounds in par­tic­u­lar, has been passed.

Bor­ough coun­cil re­cently voted unan­i­mously to adopt a par­tial ban based on the state health de­part­ment’s young Lungs at Play pro­gram, a ban that has re­ceived fa­vor­able feed­back, ac­cord­ing to Coun­cil­man Rich DiGre­go­rio.

“I’m very thrilled that we got this passed. I was talk­ing to the base­ball as­so­ci­a­tion, the Can­noneers and the foot­ball cheer­lead­ing team and ev­ery­body’s really thrilled that we did some­thing about this,” he said.

Bor­ough coun­cil be­gan dis­cussing a par­tial ban in bor­ough parks and play­grounds in early sum­mer and con­sid­ered a wider ban on smok­ing on all bor­ough prop­er­ties be­fore choos­ing to fol­low the state Young Lungs at Play guide­lines.

The or­di­nance passed by coun­cil states that sec­ond-hand smoke “causes in­creased risk of sud­den in­fant death syn­drome, lower res­pi­ra­tory in­fec­tion, mid­dle ear disease and asthma” and cites statis­tics from the U.S. Sur­geon Gen­eral that sec­ond-hand smoke is re­spon­si­ble for more than 50,000 deaths among non-smok­ers each year.

The or­di­nance es­tab­lishes To­bacco-Free Zones at “ar­eas of the bor­ough’s parks in which chil­dren cus­tom­ar­ily play in­clud­ing, with­out lim­i­ta­tion, the fol­low­ing: tot lots, play­grounds, bas­ket­ball courts, ten­nis courts, ath­letic fields and swim­ming pools.” In those ar­eas, “con­sump­tion or use of to­bacco in­clud­ing, with­out lim­i­ta­tion, smok- ing or chew­ing to­bacco prod­ucts is hereby pro­hib­ited” in ar­eas “not less than 20 feet” from sig­nage iden­ti­fy­ing the zone.

Any­one who is spot­ted smok­ing will be warned once and if they refuse to com­ply with the or­di­nance, that per­son “may be re­quired, by a bor­ough of­fi­cial or bor­ough po­lice of­fi­cer, to im­me­di­ately leave the to­bacco-free zone and, if smok­ing, the area in which smok­ing is pro­hib- ited,” ac­cord­ing to the or­di­nance.

Bor­ough staff have been in con­tact with the Philadel­phia Clean Air Coun­cil to se­cure the Young Lungs at Play sig­nage, ac­cord­ing to bor­ough Parks and Recre­ation Di­rec­tor Carl Sal­dutti, and have con­tacted lo­cal Boy Scout troops to find a Scout in­ter­ested in in­stalling the signs as part of his ser­vice project for the Ea­gle rank.

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