Ending Tobacco Use

Have you heard? As of spring 2021, Gwinnett County has implemented a Tobacco-Free Park System! This tobacco-free policy restricts the use of any product that contains tobacco or nicotine within a County park site.

Tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of death and disease in the United States.1

Each year, nearly half a million Americans die prematurely of smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke. Another 16 million live with a serious illness caused by smoking.2

Tobacco use causes:

  • Cancer
  • Heart disease and stroke
  • Lung diseases
  • Reproductive issues
  • Other health challenges such as type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, impaired immune function and more3

Did you know? E-cigarettes are considered tobacco products because most of them contain nicotine.4 Vaping is addictive and dangerous!

Creating tobacco-free environments improve can our quality of life everywhere we go.5, 6

  • HOME – Reduce cases of respiratory illness, asthma attacks, ear infections and other issues associated with secondhand smoke exposure.
  • WORK – Have cleaner areas, less maintenance, a healthier environment and lower insurance risks.
  • COMMUNITY – Protect our environment from pollution due to chemicals in the air and increased litter.

Ending tobacco use is essential in promoting community health!

Want to spread the word? We have a few resources to share to help promote ending tobacco use:

Want to quit smoking? The Georgia Tobacco Quit Line (1-877-270-STOP) is a free, confidential service available to assist with quitting smoking and all forms of tobacco. Other fantastic resources for ending tobacco use are Smokefree.gov and Truth Initiative.



  1. FDA
  2. CDC
  3. HealthyPeople.gov
  4. Surgeon General
  5. The Hult Center For Healthy Living
  6. CDC
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