Tobacco Free Parks and Beaches

Michigan Recreation and Park Association (mParks) seeks to provide recreation and community leadership in the development, adoption, implementation, enforcement and evaluation of a tobacco free policy for Michigan parks and beaches.


  • Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the U.S., killing close to half a million people each year American Lung Association
  • Promotes individual and community health and wellness
  • Protection from secondhand smoke exposure
    • Children, families, young people, pregnant women, older persons, persons with special health needs, and workers
  • Protection from tobacco-related litter
    • Children
    • Environment
    • Lowers park maintenance costs
  • Models healthy behavior
    • Demonstrating a tobacco-free community norm allows less children to adopt unhealthy behaviors
    • Prevents outdoor fires
    • Promotes clean water
    • Concurs with Pure Michigan campaign promoting tourism

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