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Monroe Parks go tobacco-free on “Kick Butts Day,” Apr. 2

Mayor Walser to present proclamation to Snohomish Health District

SNOHOMISH COUNTY---The City of Monroe plans to “kick butts” -- the tobacco kind --out of their parks Apr. 2, national “Kick Butts Day.” Mayor Donnetta Walser will declare the city’s parks tobacco-free in ceremonies beginning at noon in Lake Tye Park, 14964 Fryelands Boulevard, Monroe. The event is free and open to the public.

Signs requesting voluntary compliance will be posted at several locations in Monroe’s 13 regional, community and neighborhood parks. Monroe is the fourth city in the county to promote tobacco-free parks, joining Arlington, Granite Falls and Marysville.

In a recent survey by the state’s Department of Health, more than 84 percent of the people polled in Snohomish County agreed that all children should be protected from secondhand tobacco smoke.

“I congratulate Mayor Walser and the City of Monroe for recognizing that parks are a place to promote health in many ways,” said M. Ward Hinds, MD, MPH, Health Officer for Snohomish Health District. “Kids copy what they see adults doing—and if they see a park free of smokers, they are more likely to recognize this as the norm.”

Tobacco Free Snohomish County and Snohomish Health District will provide light refreshments and giveaways at their resource table. For more information about this event or other activities of the Tobacco Free Snohomish County Coalition, call 425.339.5279.

Established in 1959, the Snohomish Health District works for a safer and healthier Snohomish County through disease prevention, health promotion, and protection from environmental threats. Find more information about the Health District at www.snohd.org.

Q&A: Secondhand Smoke and Children

What’s the problem?

In Washington state alone, 244,887 children are exposed to secondhand smoke at home (CDC, 1996 data). Children who breathe secondhand smoke are more likely to suffer from pneumonia, bronchitis, and other lung diseases, as well as more asthma attacks and ear infections. Annual expenditures in Washington for babies' health problems caused by mothers smoking or being exposed to second hand smoke during pregnancy $21 to $62 million (Toll of tobacco in Washington; Tobacco Free Kids, 2001).

Who's at risk?

Forty-three percent of children from age 2 months to 11 years old live in a home with at least one smoker. Those children are likely to be exposed to secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke is linked to many illnesses, including up to 2 million ear infections in children each year. It may cause asthma, and it causes children who already have asthma to have more severe symptoms, as well as acute respiratory infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia. For every eight smokers who die from smoking, one innocent bystander dies from secondhand smoke. This means in Washington, more than 1,000 non-smokers die per year from exposure to secondhand smoke.

RELATED COMMUNITY ACTIVITY:

“Spare your Life!” Smoke-free bowling at participating centers:

  • Evergreen Lanes, 5111 Claremont Way, Everett, 425.259.7206
    Mondays & Thursdays: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Saturdays & Sundays: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Lynnwood Lanes, 6210 - 220th SW, Lynnwood, 425.778.3133
    Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Sundays: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Robin Hood Lanes, 9801 Edmonds Way, Edmonds, 425.776.2101
    Monday - Friday: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    Saturdays – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Strawberry Lanes, 1067 Columbia Avenue, Marysville, 360.659.7641
    Tuesdays – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Saturdays – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Twin City Lanes, 27120 - 92nd NW, Stanwood, 360.629.3001
    Saturdays – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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