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6:00 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Public Input Sought on Making Louisville Playgrounds Smoke-free

Today is the last day to complete a survey to gather community input on smoking in city playgrounds.

Signs reading “Children at Play – Thank You For Not Smoking” were installed in the playgrounds of Cherokee, Iroquois and Shawnee Park last year.         

Health department spokesperson Kathy Harrison says that led to a reduction in the number of cigarette butts found in the area, but Louisville needs a smoke-free policy for its public parks.

"Kids should be able to play without being exposed to the harmful effects of second-hand smoke. And not to mention toddlers and young children like to put everything in their mouth. Plus cigarette butts aren’t biodegradable, they’re dangerous for pets as well. So really it’s the right thing to do and I think the public embraces that, particularly where children are involved," Harrison said. 

The online survey was launched earlier this year by the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement.