Tobacco Free for Healthy NJ Donates No Smoking Signs to Camden County
(Blackwood, NJ) – Tobacco Free for a Healthy New Jersey (TFHNJ) recently donated 500 Breathe Easy panels to the Camden County Health Department to provide residents with smoke-free air in public green spaces. The purpose of the donation is to distribute free Breathe Easy signs in all 36 townships and all parks in Camden County. These are metal signs that include the updated Smoke Free Air Act information and a marijuana prohibition symbol.
“Second-hand smoke is a serious health hazard that causes various illnesses, such as heart disease and various cancers, and approximately 41,000 adult deaths in this country each year, according to the CDC,” Commissioner Carmen Rodriguez said. , a liaison with the Camden County Department of Health and Human Services. “In 2006, New Jersey banned indoor smoking, but it took more than 10 years for outdoor public spaces to be included in that ban. When you’re enjoying nature, the last thing you want is to be bombarded by smoke from cigarettes, marijuana, or e-vapes. Thanks to these panels and thanks to our partnership with TFHNJ, our residents can breathe easier when they spend time outdoors.
Municipalities interested in receiving signage should complete an online form at: No Tobacco Signs (wufoo.com)
Kim Burns, TFHNJ Southern Regional Coordinator, spoke about the importance of the Breathe Easy campaign.
“We are thrilled to partner with the Camden County Department of Health and Human Services on the Breathin’ Easy campaign,” Burns said. “Tobacco Free for a Healthy NJ’s donation of 500 signs will continue to raise awareness of the importance of protecting all residents from second-hand smoke, while protecting the environment from tobacco product waste. We commend Camden County for spearheading this effort for the health of its residents.
The county has partnered with TFHNJ since 2012 to provide Camden County residents with tobacco education materials and resources.
“TFHNJ has been a wonderful partner to Camden County, working hand-in-hand with our staff to pioneer initiatives to improve the health and well-being of our residents for approximately 10 years,” continued Rodriguez. “These initiatives include: conducting audits of tobacco outlets to prevent companies that sell tobacco products from being near schools and other places where young people congregate; provide outreach services to housing authorities, property managers, and HUD housing properties by hosting workshops and forums during the transition to smoke-free housing; and implementing training and guidance on how to develop an outdoor smoke-free initiative in municipalities before the state passes its tobacco-free parks and beaches law.