Preserve the health and enjoyment of children using City of Charleston parks by banning smoking within 150 feet of playgrounds.
- Mayor of Charleston, South Carolina
Joseph P. Riley, Jr.
I am writing to respectfully request that you consider a ban on smoking within 150 feet of playgrounds in the City of Charleston. As you know, exposure to second hand smoke is dangerous to the health of children in our community and reduces children's enjoyment of public spaces intended for their use. Further, smoking increases littering in city parks through the improper disposal of cigarette butts.
While official enforcement of such an ordinance might be difficult, it is my belief that public awareness of a ban will reduce smoking and help playground visitors maintain a smoke-free environment through informal monitoring.
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