Smoking Banned At PA State Park Playgrounds

PA State Park Playground
Photo credit DCNR
By NewsRadio 1020 KDKA

HARRISBURG (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - No more smoking at state park playgrounds.

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced Friday a ban on all forms of tobacco, vaping and e-cigarettes within 30 feet of those playgrounds as part of the "Young Lungs at Play" initiative.

“Directly in line with our parks’ mission of promoting healthy lifestyles, their playgrounds join the growing number of county, borough and township park facilities that embrace the ‘Young Lungs at Play’ program and now forbid tobacco use,” Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said. “Our children should be guaranteed the right to play in clean air and healthy areas that are free of secondhand smoke.”

“Adding our beloved and beautiful state park playgrounds to our ‘Young Lungs at Play’ program is another collaborative effort by the Wolf Administration to protect the health of Pennsylvanians,” Health secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said. “We are proud to work with DCNR on this effort to reduce the exposure to secondhand smoke for children. The department is committed to promoting healthy behaviors, and that starts with our children and protecting them from potentially harmful exposures, such as secondhand smoke.”

In previous years the DCNR has prohibited smoking at 44 of 54 swimming beaches at state parks.

Smoking is also banned at state park pools.

Notification signs will be installed at 135 locations by Memorial Day.

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