Because Keeping Virginia
Tobacco products are most likely to end up as litter, which makes all outdoor spaces unattractive and expensive to clean.
Because There’s No Safe Amount of Secondhand Smoke or Vapor
Tobacco is one of the most common asthma triggers. Keeping our parks, beaches, and playgrounds free from secondhand smoke and vapor helps keep Virginian youth healthy.
125,000 VA youth have asthma, and children exposed to secondhand smoke are at risk for more severe and frequent asthma attacks.
40% of all littered items are tobacco products. Let’s all work to keep our environment litter-free.
Whether outside or inside, secondhand smoke can be the same anywhere smoking is allowed.
Diacetyl, Nickel, Lead, Benzene
E-cigs can emit harmful chemicals and heavy metals such as these.
Health Equity for All
Vape-free and tobacco-free outdoor spaces create new behavioral norms that promote health equity for all our communities.
Over 87% of Virginians surveyed agree that parks and playgrounds should be tobacco-free and e-cigarette free.
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