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January 12, 2012

Suwannee parks going tobacco free

Live Oak — With a recently adopted tobacco free parks policy in place, Suwannee Parks & Recreation has teamed up with the Tobacco Free Partnership of Suwannee County to ensure that our parks are tobacco free.

According to Steven Schneitman of the Partnership, the focus is to involve the community in taking pride in our beautiful facilities and help keep them clean.

Suwannee Coalition Executive Director Mary Taylor emphasized in an email the importance of protecting our children from secondhand smoke and reiterated that parks are an ideal place to present children with that message.

“We feel (this) will make a difference in the lives of our community's children,” Taylor stated.

According to the Florida Department of Health, signage and education play a large role in preventing tobacco use in play areas and other restricted areas. In an effort to immediately institute the tobacco free policy, the use of signage is being initiated by the Partnership.

Large banners spanning the entrances to the ball diamonds of the First Federal Sportplex will be installed by the Partnership, according to Schneitman. Installing the banners is a role of the Partnership in the project as they supply Suwannee Parks & Recreation with signs for the parks and develop other marketing strategies to make the citizens aware that our parks are now tobacco free.

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