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City Parks Tobacco Free Policy Takes Effect on August 1, 2011

Guideline Statement

The City of Cortland Parks and Recreation Tobacco-Free Policy is designed to protect the health, welfare, and safety of our residents and visitors.

Policy Statement

The City of Cortland is committed to providing a high quality of living for all residents. Therefore, we believe that:

1. Tobacco product use in proximity of children, youth and adults engaging in or watching recreational activities is unhealthy and detrimental to the health of others.

2. Tobacco products once consumed in public spaces are often discarded on the ground, thus posing a risk of ingestion to toddlers and causing a litter problem.

3. As parents, leaders, coaches, and officials, we are thought of as role models, and the use of tobacco products around youth has a negative effect on their lifestyle choices.

Tobacco-Free Facilities

The City of Cortland does not allow the use of tobacco products on City-owned park land, park facilities, open space or joint city/school district properties.

Compliance Procedures

The emphasis on enforcing this tobacco-free policy is through voluntary compliance:

1. Appropriate City-owned park land, park facilities, open space or joint City/school district properties will be
signed.

2. City of Cortland staff will meet with activity organizations and/or leaders or coaches to discuss the policy and to distribute flyers/palm cards with the “Tobacco-Free” regulations.

3. City of Cortland staff will make periodic observations of these outdoor areas to monitor compliance and help to promote awareness of the tobacco-free policy. A repeat violation may cause the individual to be removed from the affected area.

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