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Young Lungs at Play

Young Lungs at Play is an initiative to eliminate children’s exposure to second-hand smoke in public parks and playgrounds and other areas where children play, through the adoption of 100% tobacco-free laws, ordinances, policies or resolutions.


The Council on Chemical Abuse provides support to Berks County municipalities, school districts, youth sports organizations and other groups to create tobacco-free parks and playgrounds.

The Berks County Young Lungs at Play (YLAP) initiative is supported by the Health Promotion Council and funded through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Join Young Lungs at Play in Three Easy Steps:

  1. Implement a 100% tobacco-free ordinance, policy or resolution in public areas where children play.
  2. Apply to participate in Young Lungs at Play
  3. Install Young Lungs at Play signs in designated areas.

COCA’s Young Lungs at Play Resources

COCA prevention specialists may attend meetings and provide technical assistance. They can also make available Young Lungs at Play resources,  including sample ordinances, policies or resolutions (see links below), as well as sample press releases to notify the media and the community.

Young Lungs at Play Signs

After implementing a tobacco-free parks policy, participants will be provided at no-cost, standard pre-printed 12”x 18” metal signs to place in tobacco-free area(s). Participating schools, organizations and municipalities will also be placed on the Pennsylvania Young Lungs at Play Honor Roll.

For more information, please contact Teresa Detweiler by email at TDetweiler@cocaberks.org or by phone (610) 376-8669, Ext. 136.


YLAP Fact SheetSample OrdinanceSample PolicySample Resolution