Ban Smoking in the Broadwater Parklands

Ban Smoking in the Broadwater Parklands

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There is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke.(cdc.gov)
Banning smoking and vaping in the Broadwater Parklands Southport, would greatly improve the health quality and environmental quality for those who enjoy running, walking, exercising and playing in the park. 
As a person who enjoys to go to the Broadwater Parklands daily, it is very unpleasant to encounter smokers 99% of the time. They ruin the fresh air that we all should be able to enjoy in a community park. This park has multiple playgrounds, where children are also exposed to this harmful smoke. We should be able to walk and breath freely without gulping in second hand smoke. Second hand smoke is just as harmful as it is to the smoker themselves. Please read the effects of second hand smoke on both children and adults, and PLEASE sign the petition to keep our Parks air CLEAN. You can also write to the Mayor and Councilors of Southport to put this motion in to action. We can start the change and MAKE the change!

Secondhand smoke is the combination of smoke from the burning end of a cigarette and the smoke breathed out by smokers. Secondhand smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals. Hundreds are toxic and about 70 can cause cancer. Since the 1964 Surgeon General’s Report, 2.5 million adults who were nonsmokers died because they breathed secondhand smoke.

Kids are particularly at risk for the effects of secondhand smoke because their bodies are still growing and they breathe at a faster rate than adults.

These conditions have been linked to secondhand smoke exposure in children:

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
More respiratory infections (such as bronchitis and pneumonia)
More severe and frequent asthma attacks
Ear infections
Chronic cough                                                                                                    Keeping kids (and adults) far away from smoke can help lower their chances of having respiratory infections, severe asthma, cancer, and many other serious conditions.

If your state still allows smoking in public areas, look for restaurants and other places that do NOT allow smoking. “No-smoking sections” do not protect you and your family from secondhand smoke. Example: If half the restaurant allows smoking and half does not, it is NOT safe. Same with the park, we do NOT want smoking sections.

Breathing secondhand smoke can have immediate adverse effects on your blood and blood vessels, increasing the risk of having a heart attack.

Breathing secondhand smoke interferes with the normal functioning of the heart, blood, and vascular systems in ways that increase the risk of having a heart attack.
Even brief exposure to secondhand smoke can damage the lining of blood vessels and cause your blood platelets to become stickier. These changes can cause a deadly heart attack.
People who already have heart disease are at especially high risk of suffering adverse effects from breathing secondhand smoke and should take special precautions to avoid even brief exposures.

Secondhand smoke causes lung cancer in adults who have never smoked.

Nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke increase their risk of developing lung cancer by 20–30%.
Secondhand smoke causes more than 7,300 lung cancer deaths among U.S. nonsmokers each year.
Nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke are inhaling many of the same cancer-causing substances and poisons as smokers.
Even brief secondhand smoke exposure can damage cells in ways that set the cancer process in motion.
As with active smoking, the longer the duration and the higher the level of exposure to secondhand smoke, the greater the risk of developing lung cancer.

Again, secondhand smoke is just as harmful as smoking. Please do not let our park be polluted by their toxins and create consequences for children and those of us who do not smoke.

Secondhand smoke is the combination of smoke from the burning end of a cigarette and the smoke breathed out by smokers. Secondhand smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals. Hundreds are toxic and about 70 can cause cancer. Since the 1964 Surgeon General’s Report, 2.5 million adults who were nonsmokers died because they breathed secondhand smoke.

sources : webmd and Center for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/secondhand_smoke/health_effects/index.htm

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