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Because a child’s body is still growing, secondhand smoke is especially dangerous to them. Children who breathe secondhand smoke are more likely to develop ear infections, allergies, bronchitis, pneumonia, and asthma.
Secondhand smoke increases the risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
This ordinance prohibits smoking:
Public Playgrounds: Smoking is prohibited on or within 20 feet of playgrounds and play areas that are owned or maintained by the City of Portland. If the playground is located within a park, smoking is prohibited in the entire park. Click here for a complete list of playgrounds.
Beaches: Smoking is prohibited on or within 20 feet of East End Beach.
Athletic Facilities: Smoking is prohibited in most of City of Portland owned or maintained athletic facilities. “Athletic facilities” means all ball fields, courts and their spectator area(s), for example bleachers. Click herefor a complete list of athletic facilities. If the athletic facility is located within a park, smoking is prohibited in the entire park.
City Parks, Trails and Open Spaces: Smoking is prohibited in most city parks and open spaces. It is also prohibited on city owned or maintained trails.Click here for a complete list of areas covered by this ordinance.
Prior to issuing a citation for a violation of this ordinance, a police officer or any law enforcement or code enforcement officer shall issue one verbal warning to an individual. If the individual fails to comply after one warning, said individual shall be given a citation to appear in court. If the individual is found in violation, the court may impose a minimum $50 fine.
Here are two of the options available to help individuals who wish to quit using tobacco:
Call the Maine Tobacco HelpLine. The HelpLine offers supportive, confidential, free phone support for those thinking about quitting or who want to quit using tobacco. Eligible callers may qualify for nicotine replacement therapy (i.e.: gum) through the Medication Voucher Program. The number to call is 1-800-207-1230.
Make an appointment with your healthcare provider to discuss options for treatment and support.
Check out this list of tobacco treatment services organized by county: