Ban Smoking in Public Locations Near Children in the Quad Cities
We, citizens of the Quad Cities along with members of the Tobacco-Free QC Coalition, believe that being able to use tobacco products freely in public locations, specifically parks and playgrounds, is detrimental to the public well-being and health of our community's youth.
Young people should be able to visit public locations without the risk of tobacco exposure. Public use of tobacco sets a negative example for the community's young people, as well as exposes them to dangerous chemicals and toxins which can have serious health effects on growing children. Moreover, waste products from tobacco use (i.e. discarded matches, cigarette butts, etc.) hinder the natural beauty of our environment.
Therefore, it is proposed that tobacco use be disallowed on all days of the week within 100 yards of playground equipment and family-centered events at public parks through an addition or change to city code. By doing so, public health, wellness and comfort will improve, particularly for our community's children and families.
-Community Health Care
-Genesis Health System
-Quad City Health Initiative
-Rock Island Health Department
-Scott County Health Department
-Tobacco-Free QC Coalition
ADDITION MADE 02-12-14:
If passed, this self-enforced ordinance would not seek any sort of law enforcement (i.e. issuing of fines or tickets, etc.) against those who are not within compliance. Furthermore, those who own private residences within 100 yards of a playground may continue using tobacco products as this petition only pertains to public properties.