Sunday, 09 August 2020
Login |  Register 
 
Find Products or Services in your local community
 
MSC News National Headlines U.S Health Tech Talk World Business Sports Top Headlines
Smoke Free Playgrounds Proposed In Atchison
03/22/2016

(KAIR)--Tobacco would get the boot in city owned playgrounds if a request made by Live Well Live Atchison at Monday's meeting of the City Commission gains traction. 

Andrea Clements of Live Well Live Atchison has a goal to make all city owned parks tobacco free. 

Om Monday, she, with almost a dozen supporters present, took a step to try and achieve it.

Clements presented her plan to prohibit tobacco use within 200 feet of a city playground. Here’s why:

“Our children have the right to swing on a swing next to a child whose parent is a smoker and not inhale the smoke of that parent,” Clements said. “Everyone has the right to breathe clean air, and it is the city’s obligation to protect public health, safety and welfare.”

Clements said signage provided by Live Well Live Atchison—at no cost to the city—would inform park users of the rule. And she envisions the policy as self-enforced similar to no littering or leashed dog policies. She doesn’t want it to incur punishments for smokers rather, 

“Our request is about the city taking a stand to protect the most vulnerable citizens we have—our children,” Clements said. “We’re not interested in seeing a lot of tickets written. Live Well Live Atchison is trying to systematically create a healthier community for our citizens and all children. We’re hoping we can get the city’s partnership in this.”

Now, last night’s presentation merely opens the discussion for city commissioners to draw up a policy to vote on.

Commissioners did raise varying questions and potential concerns from including designating areas in the park for smokers to how prevalent the problem even is.

Commission received the request to discuss further at a later date.

Clements added that Holton, Kansas City and Lawrence have no tobacco policies in all their city parks.

© Many Signals Communications
You will need to be logged in to leave a comment.
Please Login

characters left

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our Terms of Use.



MOST VIEWED STORIES
Election results
One teen hurt, another arrested, in Tuesday shooting
Victim of fatal Jackson Co wreck identified
First COVID-19 death reported in Nemaha Co, KS
County, city urged to mandate masks
Four arrested in Richardson Co drug raid
County leaves mask decision with schools
Nemaha Co rescinds school mask order
Consolidation of two local electric coops proposed
No serious injuries in 3-vehicle Jackson Co wreck
Atchison man injured in Thursday wreck
Goff man injured in Nemaha Co wreck
Tuesday is primary election day
Atchison Co confirms 62nd virus case
Trucker sentenced in Leavenworth Co crash that killed 5
Atchison County adds two Covid-19 cases
New virus case confirmed in area SE Neb counties
Suspect arrested in Atchison armed robbery
Vacancy filled on USD 409 board
Falls City Council discusses speeding, racing on Harlan Street

Click Here For All Stories


LATEST STORIES
Suspect arrested in Atchison armed robbery
SEDHD confirms eight new coronavirus cases in the district
Benedictine College to implement COVID-19 testing
Nemaha Co rescinds school mask order
USD 430 budget approved for publication
Trucker sentenced in Leavenworth Co crash that killed 5
Vacancy filled on USD 409 board
Falls City Library and Arts Center to continue limited hours
Falls City Council meets
Health advisory for local lake downgraded
Click Here For All Stories

©2020 MSC News
Hiawatha, Ks 66434
EEO Public Report
KNZA - KLZA - KMZA - KTNC - KAIR
Powered by Radio Media Group
172.69.63.201