Promoting Smoke-Free Parks, Trails, and Open Spaces
With a commitment to healthy living and social responsibility, the YMCA’s Tobacco-Free Aurora Program teaches teens leadership and communications skills while empowering them to make a difference in the health and safety of their peers.
In the program, teens examine and share the health impacts of smoking, second-hand smoke, and use of vapor cigarettes. Through this understanding and collaborative work, they then will work on an initiative to create smoke-free parks, trails, and open spaces throughout Aurora.
Funded in part by the Tri-County Health Department, the program gives students an opportunity to:
- Think critically about how nicotine products are marketed to minors
- Assess tobacco use laws and regulations in Aurora
- Collaborate with community stakeholders to create tobacco-free initiatives
- Examine tobacco use in parks, trails, and open spaces
- Present their discoveries to the Aurora City Council
- Have a voice in encouraging the city to adopt smoke-free parks, trails, and open spaces
Tobacco-Free Douglas County
Informational meetings to promote smoke-free living in Douglas County are being planned now. Check back for more information.
Smoke-Free Aurora is led by the YMCA’s Y Leaders. Planning meetings are currently taking place for “Kick Butts Day.”
To participate in Smoke-Free Aurora or Smoke-Free Douglas County, learn more about Y Leaders.