Spring is here, the robins have arrived and warmer temperatures are not far away. Itís time to get out and enjoy this wonderful city.
The Rutland Area Prevention Coalition would like to remind our community that whether you are stopping at Rutland Free Library to enjoy a good book, visiting one of our city parks in Rutland, or going downtown to enjoy an outdoor event, please be aware of the smoke/tobacco-free zones.
For example, were you aware that there is a zoning ordinance that bans tobacco from all city parks? Or that the Rutland Free Library campus went tobacco-free as of May 1, 2013? In addition, the downtown outdoor Summer Event Series, which are coordinated by the Rutland Downtown Partnership, are now smoke-free, which allows all patrons to come out and enjoy healthy socializing with entertainment, food, and local shopping.
Many locations have provided smoking receptacles to discard tobacco products and keep the grounds clean so young children, pets and the environment wonít be exposed to the litter and toxins created by discarded tobacco products.
Respect for these tobacco zoning ordinances, policies and practices will make our city a much cleaner and healthier place for people to live, work and play.
Overall, we wish everyone an enjoyable warm season after the long, cold winter, and we look forward to enjoying a healthier environment with you.
ANN MARIE McNEIL
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