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August 26, 2011

The Oswego Farmers' Market Is Now a Tobacco-Free Zone

OSWEGO - The Tobacco Free Network of Oswego County, with the support of the City of Oswego, the Oswego County Health Department and the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, announces the Oswego Farmers' Market will be a tobacco-free event starting Thursday, August 25.

According to the policy passed by the Oswego City Council on Monday, August 22, no tobacco products are to be used between the farmers' market barriers.

"The decision to create a tobacco-free zone at the Oswego Farmers' Market helps create healthier spaces in Oswego, which in turn creates a healthier community," said Alderman Ronald Kaplewicz.

The tobacco-free zone will be designated in the area between the farmers' market barriers, including sidewalks, on West Bridge and West Oneida Streets as well as the Civic Plaza between City Hall and the John O'C. Conway Municipal Building during the hours of farmers' market operation between 4:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. People who wish to use tobacco products during these hours asked to go outside of the barriers.

Beth Hilton, director of the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce said, "By adopting a tobacco-free policy, the farmers' market will become a safer, healthier environment for market vendors and patrons and make the market a truly family-friendly venue."

The Oswego Farmers' Market, located at West First Street, between West Bridge and West Oneida Streets in Oswego, is open every Thursday through October 13 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. It provides Oswego residents and visitors with fresh, local, healthy foods. It acts as Oswego's weekly block party, featuring live entertainment, fresh picked fruits and vegetables direct from the farm, arts and crafts, and homemade delicacies.

"I'm pleased that the City of Oswego is making great strides to protect its residents and the spirit of our farmers' market" said Abby Jenkins, program coordinator for the Tobacco Free Network of Oswego County. "There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke, even if outdoors. In a survey conducted in 2010, 91 percent of Oswego County residents considered secondhand smoke to be harmful. Furthermore, 75 percent of Oswego County residents favor restricting or completely eliminating cigarette smoking at public outdoor recreation areas or events."

The Tobacco Free Network will provide signage to designate the boundaries of the smoke-free area at the farmers' market. Additionally, compliance cards will be provided to any patron requiring additional information about where they may and may not use tobacco products.

For more information on Tobacco Free Outdoors, call 315-343-2344 ext. 21 or visit tobaccofreenys.org.

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