Comprehensive Tobacco Free School policies reduce youth initiation and exposure to secondhand smoke exposure.
Smoking is the #1 preventable cause of death in Nebraska and is a public health concern. As a council you can take a step to protect your community by passing a tobacco free policy for recreational facilities.
The scientific evidence is clear: secondhand smoke causes serious diseases and premature death among nonsmokers. Secondhand smoke is harmful in outdoor setting as there is no safe level for exposure.
It is for this reason Nebraska passed the Clean Indoor Air Act and why communities across Nebraska are passing tobacco free policies for outdoor areas.
Panhandle Public Health District is committed to working with you to develop a tobacco free policy that is right for your community. We will provide technical assistance and metal signage at no cost.
Recreational Facility Policies in the Panhandle
- All-inclusive Recreational Facilities: Oshkosh, Scottsbluff, Chappell, Big Springs, Hemingford, and Lewellen.
- Swimming Pools: 20Communities
- 100% of Panhandle outdoor pools are Tobacco Free
- Ballfields: 7 Communities