We the citizens of Portland, Oregon would like you to ban smoking in public parks. Smoking in public places does not encourage a healthy lifestyle. Children who see people smoking in public parks may think that it is socially acceptable and start smoking themselves. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has reported that secondhand smoking can cause lung cancer and other diseases. A Study from Stanford University (2007) showed that being within a few feet of a smoker is comparable to indoor levels of smoke. Also, second hand smoke is harmful to people who don't even smoke by taking away their freedom to not be harmed by smoking. It is hard to enjoy nature and play when the air is filled with cigarette smoke. We encourage you to follow in the footsteps of other cities such as New York, Chicago, San Jose, Medford, Portland, Maine and the state of Oregon who recently banned smoking in state parks (Feb. 2014), by banning smoking in parks and plazas in the city of Portland.

Letter to
City Commissioner Amanda Fritz
Ban Smoking in City Parks and Plazas