What is Tobacco-Free Youth Recreation?
Tobacco-Free Youth Recreation (TFYR) is a program of the Association for Nonsmokers-Minnesota (ANSR). TFYR's mission is to assist recreational organizations and communities in their efforts to create a tobacco-free environment where they can promote and model tobacco-free lifestyles. This is accomplished by helping these groups partner with youth and adult community members to implement a recreation-based tobacco prevention strategy.
Each year in Minnesota, more than 14,000 young people under the age of 18 become new daily smokers. More astonishingly, 123,000 youth under the age of 18 will ultimately die prematurely from smoking. Supporting tobacco-free parks and recreation areas makes sense because it sends the right message--that tobacco use is unhealthy and an unnecessary behavior.
Parks promote healthy activities.
Children model adult behaviors.
Secondhand smoke is dangerous.
Cigarette litter is harmful.
To find out if your community's park and recreation areas are tobacco-free, search our tobacco-free parks directory.
To learn more about how you can support a tobacco-free parks and recreation policy for your community, contact TFYR.