Keri Moore, Healthy Communities Specialist at the Health District, presented the award to Lynnwood at the Nov. 12 meeting of the Lynnwood City Council.
The Healthy Communities Award honors cities, organizations or other businesses that have adopted 100 percent tobacco-free grounds policies, or other policies that exceed the current requirements of Washington’s Smoking in Public Places law (RCW 70.160). All businesses by law need to be smoke-free indoors and maintain a smoke-free outdoor environment 25 feet away from all building entrances, windows that open, and ventilation units.
Recipients of the Healthy Communities Award surpass the legal minimum with written policy to protect the health of employees, clients, and students from the adverse effects of secondhand smoke.
The city of Lynnwood passed its tobacco-free parks ordinance in in August 2013. The city posted “tobacco-free” signs at all of its parks. Violations of city ordinances incur fines or other penalties. Cities adopt tobacco-free parks ordinances to create a healthier environment for park users and to conserve the resources used to clean up tobacco-related litter.
“The cities of Lynnwood and Marysville are taking very seriously the health of its employees, residents, and visitors by addressing smoking — the leading underlying cause of death in Snohomish County,” said Dr. Gary Goldbaum, Health Officer and Director of the Snohomish Health District. “Local public health recognizes and appreciates the commitment that these cities have made to creating healthy parks for active lifestyles.”