Smokers and chewing tobacco addicts — it's now illegal to feed your addiction anywhere that children play in Lansdale Borough. If you do, you will be ejected from the area.
With a unanimous vote last week, Lansdale Borough Council snuffed out tobacco use with a tobacco ban at pools, athletic fields, ballfields, tennis courts, basketball courts — and everywhere else that children play on borough-owned properties.
Signs will soon be posted designating such places as tobacco-free zones under Penn State Cooperative Extension and Pennsylvania Department of Health's Southeastern Pennsylvania Tobacco Control Project's "Young Lungs at Play" campaign.
Violaters who do not comply with the law will be ejected from the specific play area. Repeated violations will result in a fine from Lansdale Borough Police.
"I'm very thrilled that we have this passed," said Councilman Rich DiGregorio. "I was talking to the baseball association, and Cannoneers football and cheerleading, and everybody's really thrilled we did this."
The following areas are now tobacco-free zones:
- Fourth Street Park, including the pool, basketball court, tennis court, T-ball fields and playground
- Memorial Park, including Weaver Field and grandstand and the tennis courts
- Moyer's Road Park, including the multipurpose ballfield
- Moyer's Road Little League Complex
- Schweiker Park (The borough will be working in conjunction with Hatfield Township on approval, as this park is jointly owned).
- Stony Creek Park playground
- Wedgewood Park, including the basketball court, tennis court and playground
- West Fifth Street Park, including the multipurpose ballfield, rest room shelter, basketball court and playground
- White's Road Park, including the pool, playground, basketball court and tennis courts
- York and Susquehanna Park playground