Dayton’s Cooper Park to be smoke-free

Dayton Skyline. (Photo WDTN Staff)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The City of Dayton is turning one of its parks into a smoke-free environment.

Mayor Nan Whaley will hold a news conference August 20 to officially name Cooper Park smoke-free. The park is located at North St. Clair Street at East Second Street next to the Dayton Metro Library.

She will be joined by Montgomery County Health Commissioner Jim Gross.

“We are proud to have Montgomery County’s first smoke-free park in the heart of our city,” Mayor Whaley said. “Park visitors can now enjoy the benefits of spending time outdoors in a smoke-free environment.”

Gross notes the health benefits of not smoking as his motivation for the announcement.

“Smoking is a major risk factor for a number of chronic illnesses including cancer, cardiovascular diseases and respiratory disease such as emphysema. Providing as many smoke-free environments as possible helps prevent these illnesses,” said Commissioner Gross.

The formal announcement is set for Wednesday, August 20 at 9:00 a.m. at the park. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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