Over 230 people participated in an online vote last week to determine which design would be featured on the new anti-smoking signs that will soon be posted throughout Oklahoma City’s parks.
According to the Oklahoma City Council, the city hopes to discourage people from lighting their cigarettes in these public areas as a means to help protect children and others from secondhand smoke while they play. Although state law prohibits banning smoking in public areas, they are hoping the anti-smoking signs will aid in decreasing smoking in parks.
The 12×18 inch signs will soon be placed in all parks throughout the city, with at least one sign per park. The funding is coming from the Tobacco Endowment Settlement Trust, which received a $2 billion settlement from tobacco industry. Established in November 2000, the funds are generated from tax money on tobacco products and must be used in tobacco prevention, treatment of smoke-related illnesses, and improvement of health programs.