Approval of City of Livingston Smoke-Free Parks Policy

Meeting Date: September 17, 2013

Agenda Item #11. Approval of City of Livingston Smoke-Free Parks Policy

STAFF REPORT

AGENDA ITEM: Approval of City of Livingston Smoke-Free Parks Policy.

MEETING DATE: September 17, 2013

PREPARED BY: Jose Antonio Ramirez, City Manager

REVIEWED BY: Jose Antonio Ramirez, City Manager

RECOMMENDATION:

City Council approve the City of Livingston Smoke-Free Parks Policy.

BACKGROUND:

The City of Livingston Smoke-Free Parks Policy is designed to protect community parks, community members, and visitors from the use, waste and access of smokable products in its parks, park facilities and playgrounds.

DISCUSSION:

The Smoke-Free Parks Policy was developed by the Livingston Middle School Roadmap Team and its Coordinator Christopher Jensen. Each year the students choose a health concern they feel is in need of attention in the community. This past year the students focused on tobacco use, specifically second hand smoke exposure.

In the spring, they visited three parks in the City and surveyed tobacco use and waste (cigarette butts). They found over 140 cigarette butts inside the three parks they surveyed. The Roadmap Team felt this was something they could prevent through collaboration with the City.

After meeting with City Manager, Jose Antonio Ramirez, the Roadmap Team decided they wanted to propose a "smoke-free parks" policy to encourage residents and visitors to stop smoking within public parks to ensure the safety and well being of the youth and community members that do not want to be exposed to the smoke and waste.

The Roadmap Team wrote the attached policy that prohibits the use and waste of "smokable" products within the City’s parks. It is the hope of the Roadmap Team that the City Council will support and adopt the "Smoke Free Parks" Policy.

FISCAL IMPACT:

Cost of signs for all City parks and recreational areas.

ATTACHMENTS:

1. City of Livingston Smoke-Free Parks Policy.

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The City of Livingston Subject

City of Livingston Smoke-Free Parks Policy

Guideline Statement

The City of Livingston Smoke-Free Parks Policy is designed to protect community parks, community members, and visitors from the use, waste, and access of smokable products in its parks, park facilities, and playgrounds.

Policy Statement

The City of Livingston aims to protect the health, safety, and wellbeing of its residents, therefore, we believe that:

• Smokable product use in the proximity of children, youth, and adults engaging in the use of recreational facility activities is unhealthy and detrimental to the health of others

• Smokable products consumed in public spaces are often discarded on the ground, thus posing a risk to the environment and children who may ingest them

• As parents, leaders, coaches, officials, and general community members we are thought of as role models, and the use of smokable products around youth poses a negative effect on their lifestyle choices

Smoke-Free Facilities

The City of Livingston prohibits the use of smokable products on city-owned parkland, park facilities, and open space or in joint city/school district properties except in the following areas:

• In the confines of a vehicle

• Within a designated smoking area if applicable

Compliance Procedures

1. The emphasis on enforcing the smoke-free park policy is through voluntary compliance

2. Signs shall be posted at all City owned parks, and recreational facilities

3. The City of Livingston will designate staff or community volunteers to meet with activity organizations, leaders and/or coaches to inform them of the policy and distribute flyers and/or letters to its residents listing the smoke-free regulations outlined in this policy

4. Any person found violating this policy may be asked to leave the facility for the remainder of the event

5. City of Livingston staff will make periodic observations of parks and park facilities to monitor compliance

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