Planning an Alcohol-Free or Smoke-Free Event? Let Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition help!
Smoke-free events promote healthy communities by reducing exposure to secondhand smoke and demonstrating to our youth that smoking is not the norm. Exposure to secondhand smoke is extra dangerous for children because their organs and immune system are still developing. Secondhand smoke is also dangerous for the elderly or people with compromised immune systems such as asthma and other respiratory illnesses.
BAPC encourages public and private community events to make the choice to designate their event as Smoke-Free. Lawn signs and other signage are provided, upon request, to support the promotion of smoke-free event and events are promoted on BAPC’s list of Smoke-Free Outdoor Event listings and social media.
Substance-free events promote healthy communities by reducing youths’ exposure to alcohol use and demonstrating to our youth that drinking alcohol is the norm at social gatherings. BAPC is encouraging more community event coordinators to consider prohibiting alcohol use and sales at their events. Many of our community events are family-friendly. BAPC would like to cultivate the normalcy of people gathering to have fun in a substance-free environment so youth will not associate these social activities with consumption of alcohol.
By 12th grade, nearly seven out of ten BUHS students do not feel that it is wrong for their peers to drink; and only four out of ten 12th graders feel their parents would not think it would be wrong if they consumed alcohol.
Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition (BAPC) is now providing signs and sample policies to community event organizers to support substance-free and smoke-free event.
Click here to borrow event signs to let everyone know your event is substance and/or smoke-free and for more information!