Lyndonville students help make parks smoke-free

Posted 1 May 2013 at 12:00 am

Lyndonville Department of Public Works Superintendent Terry Woodworth is pictured with Lyndonville students Fauzia Aajan, left, and Elizabeth Pickle.

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LYNDONVILLE – The village has made its local parks smoke-free after being swayed by Lyndonville students who cleaned up the parks and discovered cigarette butts throughout the grounds.

Lyndonville Students United for Positive Action also learned about the dangers of smoking and the impact of tobacco marketing on youth smoking rates. They have been working with Kristina Erath, a prevention educator from the Genesee-Orleans Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse.

“This group of youth was motivated to take action and create positive change,” Erath said.  “They were concerned with what they know about tobacco use and wanted to see things change.”

The student group, SUPA, wrote a compelling letter to the Village Board, asking the elected officials to make village parks and ball-fields tobacco free. The mayor and board of trustees agreed and the signs, compliments of Smoke Free NOW, will be installed this month.