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Executive Order Bans Smoking In All City Parks

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PHILADELPHIA - Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced that smoke free regulations will be extended to all city parks.  On April 29, 2014 Mayor Nutter was joined by Deputy Mayor for Health Dr. Donald Schwarz and Deputy Mayor for Environmental and Community Resources Michael DiBerardinis to sign an Executive Order for the regulation.

The regulation entails that smoking is prohibited in more than 100 Philadelphia neighborhood parks and watershed parks, totaling more than 11,000 acres of public space. 

“Eliminating smoking in public parks is a commonsense policy that clearly aligns with our City’s existing smoke-free regulations for recreation centers, pools and playgrounds.  Specifically, this policy protects the environment and the health and wellness of our citizens,” said Mayor Nutter.

The policy will be enforced by parks’ staff.  In addition, the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Department of Public Health will support enforcement efforts through community education with a public awareness campaign, which includes the “No butts about it” media campaign. 

This policy goes into effect immediately.

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