Breathe Easy with Smoke-free Air and Tobacco-free Parks


Celebrate clean air progress

Thursday, July 5th marks the eighth anniversary of Wisconsin’s Smoke-Free Air law. That means eight years of clean indoor air for employees and customers across Wisconsin. Here in Oshkosh, we’re also celebrating another step towards clean air for everyone; it’s the first summer of the tobacco-free parks rule, passed by the Oshkosh Advisory Park Board in January 2018.

Now that Wisconsin’s bars and restaurants are smoke-free, everyone can enjoy their favorite Friday fish fry without cigarette smoke. It is nice to come home from a night out without having to instantly shower and wash your clothing to get rid of the cigarette smell.

What’s happening locally

In Oshkosh and a growing number of communities across Wisconsin, there’s even more opportunities to breathe clean air with tobacco-free parks. The new tobacco-free parks rule in Oshkosh covers all property owned and maintained by the Oshkosh Parks Department. The rule ensures people are able to enjoy public park spaces without the nuisance of smoke and tobacco litter. Children and wildlife are protected from coming into contact with cigarette butts and our natural resources are protected from pollution. A recent survey of park visitors in Oshkosh showed 88% were in favor of tobacco-free parks, including people who use tobacco.

Tobacco is changing

Tobacco use is still the number one cause of preventable death. New trends in tobacco and nicotine products, such as JUULs and flavored e-cigarettes, continue to lure the next generation. Thanks to Wisconsin’s Smoke-Free Air law and Oshkosh’s tobacco-free parks rule we’re working towards a tobacco-free generation. These policies are huge steps towards reversing the toll tobacco and nicotine addiction has taken on our society.

Tobacco users ready to quit can also call 1-800-QUIT NOW (784-8669) for free help.

Connect with us on tobacco-free work

Although we have made great strides to reduce tobacco use there is still more work to be done. Find what the re:TH!NK Lakeshore Tobacco Prevention Network is doing to address tobacco use in the Winnebago County by visiting re:TH!NK Winnebago on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also join in volunteer opportunities such as the up-coming cigarette butt clean-up. Stop by for any length of time and bring your friends! Questions should be directed to Lynnsey Erickson.

Thousands of cigarette butts that have been picked up in public spaces by the re:TH!NK Youth Coalition and volunteers.



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