Smokers will no longer be able to light up in parks and ballfields in nine New Hampshire towns.
The towns of Harrisville, Keene, Marlborough, Swanzey, Nelson, Rindge, Troy, Walpole and Winchester are working with the Cheshire Coalition for Tobacco Free Communities to create smoke-free policies for the towns' recreation areas and signage to reflect the new policies.
The towns of Marlborough, Nelson, and Swanzey have taken it a step further and have banned smoking on all town property.
In adopting these policies, the communities agree that tobacco use in recreational areas is detrimental to the health of everyone using the outdoor spaces. According to the coalition, research shows that prohibiting smoking in public places decreases the chances that children will use tobacco products.