Friday, September 25, 2009
That is the question that New York City is asking right now. According to a New York Times article earlier this month, the city's health commissioner is seeking to eliminate smoking outdoors in parks and beaches. While Wisconsin seriously lags behind its efforts to protect people from indoor secondhand smoke, we do have one municipality that has moved forward in creating smoke-free parks, namely Verona. While smoke-free parks and beaches have some issue when it comes to enforcement, the public health impact is unclear.
California is a leader in the are of smoke-free parks and beaches and Chicago has also made some steps towards protecting people from secondhand smoke in recreational areas.
As with any new change in regulation criticism comes with a heavy hand. Here at SmokeFree Wisconsin we know that secondhand smoke is dangerous that there is no level of safe exposure, not even at a park or beach.