City Designates Parks Tobacco-Free
October 10, 2017
City of Ishpeming Designates Parks Tobacco-free
September 11, 2017 – City of Ishpeming in Marquette County, Michigan was recognized by the Sault Tribe Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) Grant Project for designating parks and outdoor recreation areas tobacco-free, which include cigarettes, chewing tobacco, and e-cigarettes.
According to the CDC, tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability, and death in the United States. About 20.7% of Michigan adults and 10% of Michigan youth smoke cigarettes. With the emergence of electronic-cigarettes and other “vape” products, 23% of Michigan youth use these new, unregulated devices according to the 2015 Behavior Risk Factor and the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System. Finally, according to the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, one in three of its adult members smoke – putting them at 1.5 times the risk of developing chronic disease or dying from the use of commercial tobacco.
Tobacco-free recreation areas protect and preserve the environment, promote positive community role-modeling for youth, and protect the health, safety, and welfare of all community members. The Sault Tribe’s PICH Grant Project provided funding for signs for all outdoor recreational properties owned by the City of Ishpeming. The PICH Grant is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which work to prevent chronic disease by decreasing tobacco use among adults and youth and decreasing exposure to secondhand smoke.
The City Manager, Mark Slown, stated: “We are grateful to the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians for their generous assistance and their wisdom is making it available. Our community is grateful for signs to help Ishpeming be a safer place for all people.”
The City of Ishpeming joins over a dozen other communities across the Upper Peninsula that have designated its parks and outdoor recreation areas as tobacco-free.