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Written by Elizabeth Plumb   
Friday, 13 December 2013 11:55
Dear QCHI Volunteers,

Tobacco Free Quad Cities, an affiliate coalition of QCHI, has drafted a petition for the advancement of our children's health through limitation of tobacco products at public parks. It is their goal to partner with organizations across the Quad Cities to promote this petition and give our children the present of healthy, clean parks this holiday season. We invite and encourage you to join us in support of this effort. The text of the petition is included below so that you may read it in its entirety.

Anti-Tobacco Petition
Petition for the advancement of our children's public health through limitation of tobacco products at public parks

We, citizens of the Quad Cities along with members of the Tobacco-Free QC Coalition, believe that being able to use tobacco products freely in public locations, specifically parks and playgrounds, is detrimental to the public well-being and health of our community's youth.

Young people should be able to visit and enjoy public facilities intended for their use without the risk of tobacco exposure. Public use of tobacco sets a negative example for the community's young people, as well as exposes them to dangerous chemicals and toxins which can have serious health effects on growing children. Moreover, waste products from tobacco use (i.e. discarded matches, cigarette butts, etc.) hinder the natural beauty of our environment.

Therefore, it is proposed that tobacco use be disallowed on all days of the week within 100 yards of playground equipment and youth-centered events at public parks, through an addition or change to city code. By doing so, public health, wellness and comfort will improve, particularly for our community's children and families.

Ready to sign on?
You can sign the petition using your Facebook or Twitter account, or by entering your name and email address into the online form.  Simply follow this link to sign today!
If that does not work, please copy and paste the following text into your browser: 
Want to help by becoming a sponsor?
Partnering in this effort is easy and free. Simply contact Austin Bird and notify him that you would like your organization to become a supporter of the petition.
Austin Bird
Government Relations Specialist
Genesis Health System
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When you partner with the coalition they will list your organization's name with their other sponsors on the petition website. All that is asked of the partner organizations is that they send an email asking employees to consider signing the petition and share the link on any social media website/page they may have (Facebook, Twitter).

Current partners include: Community Health Care, Genesis Health System, Quad City Health Initiative, Scott County Health Department, Rock Island County Health Department, and UnityPoint Health Trinity. 

We hope you will consider partnering with Tobacco Free Quad Cities in this grassroots effort to give Quad City kids healthy, clean parks this holiday season.

Questions? For more information please contact:
Elizabeth Plumb
Project, Communications and Development Associate
Quad City Health Initiative
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