To the editor:
Congratulations to the Towns of Brighton, North Elba and Tupper Lake for passing policies to ban smoking in parks and/or beaches. Congratulations also to the Village of Saranac Lake for passing an ordinance that prevents smoking in playgrounds and at Lake Colby beach.
The newly released, A Report of the Surgeon General: How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease, emphasizes that any exposure to secondhand smoke is risky. Only smoke-free environments protect people and pets from more than 7,000 chemicals and compounds found in secondhand smoke; over 70 of which cause cancer.
Thank you to those Town and Village Boards for helping to keep our families healthy and happy.
If you smoke and have resolved to stop smoking in 2011, call the state Smokers’ Quitline for information and support, 1-866-NY-QUITS, (1-866-697-8487). You may be eligible for a two week supply of the nicotine patch or nicotine gum. If you prefer, you can contact the Quitline on-line at www.nysmokefree.com.
North Country Tobacco Cessation Center