Urge Portland to Protect Families by Banning Smoking in Public Parks

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Target: Portland mayor Sam Adams

Goal: Ban smoking in Portland’s public parks

Second-hand smoke is a significant health risk and has been linked to asthma, heart disease, lung disease, and numerous cancers. Portland, Oregon prides itself on having a large number of parks that cater to local families, but unfortunately many people choose to smoke in these parks. Urge the city to ban smoking in public parks to eliminate the unnecessary health risk to park visitors and small children especially.

Second-hand smoke contains many harmful substances such as arsenic and formaldehyde, and has been shown to be potentially as harmful as actually smoking the cigarette oneself. Children are particularly susceptible to these risks, and it may interfere with their lung, brain, and other organ development.

Portland is a progressive city where anti-smoking policies are frequent. Smoking is already forbidden in multi-family housing units such as apartment complexes, in several colleges, and in most restaurants and workplaces. However, many people continue to be unnecessarily exposed to second-hand smoke in public parks. The city government is likely to be receptive to setting policies against this if it finds enough support from the public.

Urge City Hall to ban smoking in public parks to protect the health of park visitors, especially children.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mayor Sam Adams:

Families benefit from the large number of parks in Portland, but unfortunately many people choose to smoke in these parks. The second-hand smoke poses health risks to park visitors and especially small children. Please help protect families’ ability to safely enjoy local parks by making them non-smoking.

Second-hand smoke contains many harmful substances such as arsenic and formaldehyde, and has been shown to be potentially as harmful as actually smoking the cigarette oneself. Children are particularly susceptible to these risks because they are still developing. Exposure to second-hand smoke may interfere with their lung, brain, and other organ development.

Portland has shown its dedication to clean air by restricting smoking in multi-family housing, in restaurants and workplaces, and in many schools. Please continue this progressive path by also making public parks a smoke-free area that families can healthily enjoy.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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