Last night, the Village of Menands Board voted unanimously to make all village parks tobacco-free. The new law prohibits the use of traditional tobacco products as well as e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems.
The policy statement introducing the new law summed up pretty well the benefits of tobacco-free shared public spaces:
“Tobacco-Free parks enhance visitors’ enjoyment of clean air, natural beauty and healthy activities, reduce tobacco related litter, communicate a positive message to the community that tobacco use is not compatible with active, healthy living and reduces maintenance and fire risks.”
Congratulations to the Village of Menands for putting community health first!