In March 2012, Students Taking on Prevention (STOP) obtained unanimous support from Douglas County Commissioners to post signage such as “Young Lungs at Work” and ”Watch Your Butts, Don’t Litter” to encourage park visitors not to smoke and not to leave cigarette butts in playground areas.
The campaign began in October 2011 when STOP became aware that children are being exposed daily to the dangers of tobacco in their play areas. STOP recruited members and spent a day to collect cigarette butts in many parks across Douglas County, and then a week later, collected again to find as many. Our youth advocacy group requested policy support from county commissioners to post signage and promote public responsibility and the chance to self-regulate for the health and safety of children.
The signs can be found at Lampe Park, Aspen Park and Stodick Park.
October 2011: STOP picked up cigarette butts to assess the problem.
March 2012: The issue was presented to the county commissioners.
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