The Southeastern Pennsylvania Tobacco Control Project (SEPATCP) is celebrating with several municipalities and private partners that have taken proactive measures to ban smoking on, in, or near their facilities, especially since smoking has tremendously adverse effects on young children.
Young Lungs at Play (YLAP) is a health initiative funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Penn State Cooperative Extension and the Health Promotion Council to promote clean air and eliminate tobacco use at playgrounds, parks, daycares, community centers and other recreational areas that children may frequent.
“This is an important public health initiative for our community,” said Katee Yorke, of SEPATCP and the Health Promotion Council. “Exposure to secondhand smoke is estimated to cause at least 38,000 deaths each year in the United States and over one million illnesses in children. Children are at particular risk for asthma, respiratory infections and cardiovascular disease when exposed to tobacco smoke. “
Swarthmore Borough, Upper Darby Township and school district, Delaware County’s Rose Tree Park in Upper Providence, Christ Tabernacle Church in Morton Borough, and, most recently, Darby Borough passed resolutions, policies and ordinances prohibiting…