CHARLEVOIX - The Charlevoix City Council has adopted a tobacco-free policy for its beaches and parks. The decision was made during Monday night's Council meeting. "Our City Council supports making our parks and beaches smoke-free, and believes these efforts will help curtail adolescent smoking in the long run," said Rob Straebel, City Manager. "The more teens view adults smoking in public, the more likely they are to take up this bad habit. It is a modest measure, but hopefully an effective way to decrease teen smoking."
Susan Pulaski, Community Health Coordinator for the Health Department of Northwest Michigan, said tobacco-free park policies reduce exposure to secondhand smoke for children and families, and reduce pollution from cigarette butts, which are the main source of litter in public places. She said tobacco-free parks are part of a broad movement to create healthy and smoke-free areas, especially for kids and others who are most vulnerable to the harmful effects of tobacco smoke.
"People want and deserve healthy, smoke-free beaches," Pulaski said. We are excited to see Charlevoix making this change."
Pulaski added that the Health Department is looking forward to helping other communities and organizations institute tobacco-free policies throughout Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet and Otsego Counties. For more information about tobacco-free parks and beaches, contact Pulaski at (231) 347-5813.
The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is mandated by the Michigan Public Health Code to promote wellness, prevent disease, provide quality healthcare, address health problems of vulnerable populations, and protect the environment for the residents and visitors of Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego Counties. For more information, visit www.nwhealth.org or call (800) 432-4121.