Recently, the Williamsport Crosscutters baseball team joined Pennyslvania's Young Lungs at Play program by declaring Susquehanna Park at Bowman Field a tobacco free zone.
On behalf of the state Department of Health, the director of the Bureau of Health Promotion and Risk Reduction, Tomas Aguilar, officially recognized the Williamsport Crosscutters organization for protecting their patrons and players at Bowman Field from the dangers of secondhand smoke with a certificate of recognition.
"We applaud the Williamsport Crosscutters baseball affiliation for joining the Young Lungs at Play program and protecting the well-being of all of the patrons and players at Bowman Field by creating a safe, healthy environment free of secondhand smoke," said Aguilar.
According to Crosscutters General Manager Doug Estes, joining Young Lungs at Play was a natural next step to protect children and families as there already is a strong no tobacco policy among players. Ultimately, more patrons, players and youth will be protected from secondhand smoke, which contains over 7,000 harmful chemicals and increases a child's risk of developing asthma. The Environmental Protection Agency classifies secondhand smoke as a class A carcinogen.
Congratulations were extended to all participating Young Lungs at Play communities and youth sports organizations for taking steps to protect everyone's right to breathe clean air.