Smoke Free Recreational Areas

Why Does this Matter?

Placer County is a world-wide destination for outdoor recreation, with a variety of outdoor recreational areas to utilize, including but not limited to:

  • Beaches
  • Campgrounds
  • Gold panning parks
  • Hiking trails
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
  • Ski resorts
  • Snowshoe trails

With tobacco being the number one piece of litter found in recreational areas, the Placer County Tobacco Prevention Program wants to help jurisdictions implement smoke-free recreational areas to protect the residents and outdoor areas of our County.

What’s Currently Happening in Placer?

As of 2016, three cities in Placer County (Lincoln, Rocklin, and Roseville) passed smoke-free recreation policies and one park in Auburn passed a smoke-free recreation policy. With 123 parks total in the county now smoke-free, 71% of Placer County recreational areas are protected from exposure to secondhand smoke and tobacco litter. Click to see a map of smoke-free recreational areas in Placer County.

However, just under one-third of the parks, playgrounds, campgrounds, and beaches in the county are still not smoke-free. Lake Tahoe (located on the eastern side of Placer County) receives about 3 million visitors per year and Auburn (the county seat) is known as the Endurance Capitol of the World. Neither of these areas have smoke-free parks, playgrounds, campgrounds, or beaches (with the exception of one park in Auburn, out of the eight parks total in this city).