PHAI’s Gottlieb supports smoke-free parks in Cambridge Chronicle Guest Commentary

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).

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About Mark Gottlieb

Mark Gottlieb joined the staff of the Public Health Advocacy Institute in 1993 after graduating from Northeastern University School of Law. His efforts have focused on researching tobacco litigation as a public health strategy as director of the Tobacco Products Liability Project, reducing the harm caused by secondhand tobacco smoke through a variety of legal and policy approaches, fostering scholarship using tobacco industry documents, and, more recently, examining legal and policy approaches to address obesity. He is the Executive Director of the Institute and lives in Cambridge, MA with his wife and three children.