The Highbridge Community Life Center is a proud member of the Bronx
Smoke-Free Partnership. The Bronx
Smoke-Free Partnership is making great strides in its goal to make Bronxites
aware of the dangers of smoking and the risk associated with second-hand
smoke to their families, communities and especially their children.
Effective May 23rd 2011,
legislation will go into effect that prohibits smoking in all city parks and
public beaches. Our youth can now enjoy the beautiful scenery and splendor
of our parks and beaches without being exposed to the harmful effects of
cigarettes such as secondhand smoke and the impact of toxic cigarette butts
on our environment. This very issue
was featured in the Norwood News (December 16, 2010) and the Daily News
(January 6, 2011). The Bronx has the highest rate of asthma in the nation
which is why this is such an important issue.
The HCLC along with the Bronx Smoke-Free Partnership have spearheaded an
initiative to combat the advertising
found at the Point of Sale in bodegas
and other convenience stores. The
problem with this exposure to
advertisements and products is that the
main targets for exposure are the youth
of our community.
Combating this problem is a major step in the victory against the tobacco
industry in our community.
To visit the Bronx Smoke-Free Partnerships website, please go to:
If you would like assistance in quitting, please to go the New York
State Smokersí Quitline website:
www.nysmokefree.org or call 1-866-697-8487.