Councilmember Orange Proposes Smoke Free Playgrounds
Yesterday, I received several press releases from Councilmember Vincent Orange. I thought the one below was a little more interesting than most.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: James D. Brown
February 20, 2013 202-724-8174
ORANGE INTRODUCED BILL TO ENSURE SMOKE FREE PLAYGROUNDS AND PLAY AREAS
No Smoking Within 25 Feet of a Playground or Play Area
(Washington, DC) – Councilmember Vincent Orange, (At-Large, D), introduced legislation to prohibit smoking within 25 feet of a playground or play area located on a public or private education facility or on a District of Columbia Park and Recreation Center.
“The purpose of the Smoking Restriction Amendment Act of 2103 is to protect the health, comfort, and environment of children. The bill addresses the concerns of District residents who have smelled cigarette smoke on playgrounds and play areas as well as witness adults smoking in these areas. Children should be afforded a safe and healthy environment in which to play,” said Councilmember Orange.
In addition, the “No Smoking” signs provision of the Smoking Restriction Act of 1979 shall be amended to require the owner, manager, or person in charge of the playground area to conspicuously post at minimum four signs at the 25-foot boundary of the playground or play area on the property. The sign shall state “smoking is not permitted on the playground or play area”.
Residential home owners or tenants who reside within 25 feet of a playground or play area will not be subjected to the smoking restriction.