Johnson City Tobacco Free Parks Policy Celebration

Tobacco Free Broome and Tioga

JOHNSON CITY, NY – The Village of Johnson City, Tobacco Free Broome & Tioga and Reality Check Tioga Broome will hold a Tobacco Free Parks Celebration on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at Charles F. Johnson Park, CFJ Boulevard, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A press conference and ribbon cutting will kick off the event at 11:00 a.m. Speakers will include:

  • Dennis Hannon, Mayor of Johnson City
  • Claudia Edwards, Public Health Director, Broome County Health Department
  • Diana Cahill, Regional Vice President, Eastern Division of the American Cancer Society
The carousel will be open from 12 noon until 4:00 p.m. and there will be activities for families to celebrate the new Johnson City tobacco free parks policy.
The village implemented the policy to protect all park visitors and staff from exposure to second-hand smoke. “We want a healthy environment for everyone who visits the parks, especially the children. By establishing this policy, we will protect visitors to our parks from the dangers of secondhand smoke and model healthy behavior,” said Mayor Dennis Hannon, Village of Johnson City. 
The recently released 30th Surgeon General’s Report confirms that there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke and that tobacco smoke causes damage immediately to the cardiovascular system. Even low levels of tobacco exposure lead to disease and death. “We applaud the village’s adoption of smoke free parks,” stated Sharon Fischer, Tobacco Free Broome & Tioga Coordinator at the Broome County Health Department.
The tobacco free park signage was provided by Tobacco Free Broome & Tioga. Reality Check will provide snacks and activities for children at the celebration along with information about tobacco free parks. For more information on establishing smoke-free policies or on quitting smoking, visit or contact the Broome County Health Department at 607.778.3068.
Tobacco Free Broome & Tioga is funded by the New York State Department of Health Bureau of Tobacco Use Prevention and Control. The goal of the TCP is to increase the capacity of Bureau funded partners to change tobacco policies and social norms. Tobacco Free Broome & Tioga is dedicated to building healthier communities through tobacco-free living and subscribe to the recommended CDC Conceptual Framework and Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs guidelines.                 


05/11/2011 - 10:44am