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Lebanon, Pa: Lebanon Family Health Services in Lebanon County is proud to welcome Clarence Schock Memorial Park at Governor Dick to the growing list of Lebanon County parks who have joined Young Lungs at Play!- an initiative to make public parks, playing fields and playgrounds tobacco and vape-free.

Research shows that there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke, even in an outdoor space. With over 250 known chemicals in a cigarette and e-cigarettes, exposure to secondhand smoke has been estimated to result in at least 38,000 annual deaths in the United States and over one million illnesses in children according to the National Cancer Institute. Furthermore, cigarettes are one of the most littered item in the world and the leading cause of fire in public spaces.

This initiative will help protect the environment and the health of all Lebanon County residents. Dave Eichler, Park Ranger at Clarence Shock Memorial Park states, “As a park ranger I see many families with children using the park. A forested, wilderness space such as Governor Dick, with its trails system and observation tower is not exempt from the hazards of smoking and vaping, especially to children who are still physically developing.”

He concludes, “The Young Lungs at Play program will have a positive impact on park users. I applaud Lebanon Family Health Services for bringing the Young Lungs at Play program to Lebanon County and to Clarence Schock Memorial Park. We are proud to be a partner and be a part of the growing list of parks joining the program.”

The Young Lungs at Play initiative assists municipalities to designate parks, playgrounds and recreation fields tobacco and vape-free. Lebanon Family Health Services then provides the municipality with weather resistant Young Lungs at Play! signs that can be posted in those tobacco and vape-free public areas. Lebanon Family Health Services invites all Lebanon County municipalities to join Clarence Schock Memorial Park in eliminating children’s exposure to secondhand smoke at local public parks, playgrounds and playing fields by participating in Young Lungs at Play!, a no cost smoke-free parks and playgrounds initiative that has been proven successful in other parts of Pennsylvania and the country.

For more information about Young Lungs at Play!, contact Lebanon Family Health Services at (717) 273-6741 ext. 310 or visit our website at This program in Lebanon County is supported by funding from the American Lung Association through the Pennsylvania Department of Health.