By Arriana Patraw
Project Coordinator, Health Systems for a Tobacco Free North Country
The Heart Network applauds Reality Check students from Malone Middle School for working with the board of the Malone Memorial Recreation Park to make the park a smoke- and vape-free area.
Across the North Country, municipalities are taking steps to prohibit tobacco use in public spaces. These measures encourage healthier choices and protect the most vulnerable among us from the dangerous side effects of secondhand smoke.
We are particularly proud of Malone for its unwavering commitment to prioritizing community health. The move to ban smoking and vaping from its Recreation Park is just one example — from enacting Complete Streets policies and expanding recreational opportunities in local parks, to empowering students to grow their own produce and hosting the Joint Council for Economic Opportunity’s Mobile Farmers Market, Malone has shown time and again that it cares about all facets of public health.
The Heart Network is proud to work with village and town officials, educators, volunteers and community members in Malone to continue building foundations for a healthier community. Kudos to the Reality Check students for taking the lead.