On February 21, 2011, the local Cambridge newspaper, the Cambridge Chronicle, published a guest opinion piece by PHAI’s executive director supporting efforts to prohibit smoking in public parks in that city. A similar proposal is pending in Boston and New York City passed one earlier this month.
Gottlieb’s commentary can be seen here. He mentions 3 primary reasons for supporting the initiative: 1) health; 2) behavior modeling; and 3) litter reduction.
A list from Americans for Non-Smokers’ Rights of nearly 500 cities and towns that prohibit smoking in parks can be found here (pdf).