Support our children and the environment by making playgrounds and parks Tobacco-Free Zones.


We are consistently named one of the best places to live and raise children.  We should be proud to show off clean playgrounds and parks that promote helathy living.  When children see adults smoking at family-friendly places, smoking is seen as an acceptable behavior.  But the fact is most Pennsylvanians do not smoke.


Why should we join Young Lungs at Play?


Secondhand smoke is harmful to our children as it contains toxins that cause cancer and other disease.  Young children are especially vulnerable as they are still growing.  The playground is a place for fun, fresh air and exercise.  Let's keep the air smoke-free!


The litter created by cigarette butts is not easily decomposed; cigarette butts are made from acetate and can take anywhere from 2 to 10 years to decompose.  But it's not just about the littler; the toxins in cigarette butts can seep into the soil, polluting local animal populations and waterways.  For more information on how toxic cigarette butts can be, visit


How can I get my community to join Young Lungs at Play?


Becoming a Young Lungs at Play community is easy and creates a safer environment for our children.  Pass an ordinance or resolution in your community to create tobacco free playgrounds and parks.  Tobacco Free Allegheny will then provide you with signs (pictured to the left), free of charge.  Below are three examples of areas that have created Young Lungs at Play communities.


City of Clairton - ordinance


Collier Township - resolution


West Mifflin Borough - policy


If you are interested in bringing Young Lungs at Play to your community, please contact Natasha Neira, Program Assistant, 412.322.8321 ext 303.


For more information about Young Lungs at Play across Pennsylvania, visit the Department of Health Young Lungs at Play page.



Young Lungs at Play in the media:


O'Hara Council says 'no' to smoking near township playgrounds, Aspinwall Herald, November, 20, 2013


McKeesport snuffs tobacco use in city's parks and playgrounds, McKeesport Daily News, September 18, 2013


Smoking banned in Kiwanis Park, Pine Creek Journal, July 16, 2013


Shaler officals to vote on whether to make township parks smoke free, Pine Creek Journal, March 6, 2013


Smoke-free parks: The city should take a bold step for children's sake, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 21, 2013


Crafton latest community to make parks and playgrounds tobacco free, Press Release from Office of County Executive, August 23, 2012


State considering trial smoking ban at two parks, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, July 11, 2012


Seven more communities make parks and playgrounds tobacco-free, Press Release from office of County Executive, July 3, 2012


McKees Rcks makes parks no-smoking zones, Post Gazette, April 11, 2012


Nineteen communities make parks & playgrounds tobacco-free in 2011, Press Relearse from the Allegheny County Health Department, Deceber 9, 2011



Young Lungs at Play Honor Roll: Allegheny County


Allegheny County Parks Borough of McKees Rocks
Borough of Aspinwall Borough of Millvale 
Avonworth Girls Athletic Association Municipality of Monroeville
Baierl Family YMCA Municipality of Mt. Lebanon
Baldwin Borough Borough of Mt. Oliver
Borough of Bellevue Borough of Munhall
Borough of Blawnox Township of North Versailles
Boys and Girls Club of Western PA O'Hara Township
Borough of Brentwood Ohio Township
Borough of Carnegie Municipality of Penn Hills
Borough of Chalfant Penn Hills YMCA
City of Clairton Borough of Pitcairn
Township of Collier City of Pittsburgh
Cornell School District Reserve Township
Borough of Crafton Riverview Children's Center
Borough of Dormant Robinson Township
Borough of Dravosburg Scott Township
Borough of East McKeesport Shaler Township
Borough of Emsworth Borough of Sharpsburg
Borough of Etna South Fayette Township
Findlay Township Borough of Springdale
Borough of Forest Hills Springdale Township
Borough of Franklin Park Sto-Ken Rox Baseball Association
Borough of Glassport Stowe Township
Township of Harmer Borough of Tarentum
Harrison Township Tender Care Learning Center
Borough of Heidelberg Upper St. Clair Township
Homewood-Brushton YMCA Borough of Verona
Homewood Children's Village Borough of Versailles
Borough of Liberty Borough of Wall
Borough of Lincoln Borough of West Homestead
Borough of McDonald Borough of West Mifflin
City of McKeesport Wilkins Township

Most Recent Additions

Borough of Dormant

Avonworth Girls Athletic Association

Borough of Chalfant


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