Ontario’s Smoke Free Parks
Teen Action Committee & Advocates for Healthy Life
These ambitious teens presented the City of Ontario Smoke Free Parks initiative to the Ontario City Council in 2018. Thanks to these teens, the members of the Ontario community can now enjoy outdoor activities without the risk of second-hand smoke exposure. This initiative also succeeds in diminishing the environmental impact of tobacco, electronic delivery devices, and marijuana products and their litter. These teens are members of the Advocates for Healthy Life, a sub-committee of TAC (Teen Action Committee) which performed a cigarette butt collection at 4 local parks and collected over 2,200 cigarette butts in one hour.
Teen Action Committee (TAC) – TAC addresses community issues in a leadership role. Participants volunteer in a meaningful way that help to improve the community and develop strong ties with other teens through networking opportunities such as field trips, special events and monthly meetings.
TAC’s Advocates for Healthy Life – Raises awareness and works to improve the health of the community.
Interested in joining the Teen Action Committee?
Contact your local community center.
Did you know…? The teens driving this effort surveyed members of the Ontario community and found that 94% of adult residents and 84% of Ontario youth were in favor of making their parks smoke free.
City of Ontario
Smoke Free Parks Initiative
Ontario Municipal Code Title 6 Section 13-A
Abolish the use of tobacco, electronic delivery devices, and marijuana in community and outdoor recreational areas and at all public events in the City of Ontario at all times. This prohibition is enacted in order to preserve the public health, safety, and the welfare of the residents of the City of Ontario, as well as the environment of the City of Ontario.
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