She is pitching this idea because many of the parks in D.C. are federally owned, which means the smokefree parks bill moving through the D.C. legislative process will be less effective if federal parks aren’t smokefree as well.
(According to a discussion at the May hearing on the smokefree parks, bill, there may be another route to this: An agreement between D.C. and the National Park Service. But we digress.)
Norton has written a letter to the regional director of the National Park Service, which controls most of D.C.’s parks. In it, she notes:
[R]esidents and visitors should be able to enjoy our parks free of health risks, including second-hand smoke, which contributes to asthma, bronchitis, cancer and other severe health conditions. One should not go to an NPS park to enjoy the outdoors and find smoke instead of fresh air. Freedom from second-hand smoke in the outdoors is particularly important in big cities like D.C., where pollution and traffic congestion already contribute to health conditions similar to those caused by second-hand smoke.
(Nice how she uses the freedom frame.)
Think the national parks should be smokefree? Call the regional office at (202) 619-7000 or tweet to @natlparkservice.