Today, more than ever, community leaders understand that improving the health and well-being of individuals and families means changing health-related behaviors—and that means addressing factors that influence those behaviors. Communities need to ensure that they maintain the capacity to work in partnership to identify and address public health challenges, and that their resulting health initiatives can have lasting—that is, sustainable—impact. According to Americans for Nonsmoker's Rights, over 1,000 municipalities now have Tobacco Free Park regulations, while another 200 have Tobacco Free Beach Policy.
Sustainability is about creating and building momentum to maintain community-wide change by organizing and maximizing community assets and resources. It means institutionalizing policies and practices within communities and organizations. Communication and enforcement are crucial to ensuring lasting change and making a difference in people's lives. For that purpose we have created this fact sheet to help park and community leadership maintain and improve your current Tobacco-Free Park Policy.