Tobacco-Free Youth Recreation
For a Healthy Community
Tobacco-Free Youth Recreation (TFYR) assists communities in their efforts to create a tobacco-free environment where they can promote and model tobacco-free lifestyles. This is accomplished by helping youth and adult community members partner with policy makers to implement a recreation-based tobacco prevention strategy.
A primary focus of TFYR’s work is to assist Minnesota communities in adopting tobacco-free policies for their parks, playgrounds, athletic fields, and other outdoor recreational facilities.
More than 150 Minnesota communities have created tobacco-free recreation areas for their residents and visitors. To view a directory of Minnesota’s tobacco-free parks, zoos, fairgrounds, and other recreation areas, visit the TFYR policy directory.
Tobacco-Free Parks Policy Resources
TFYR has policy implementation and promotion materials for community groups and policy makers. These materials are intended to assist in efforts to create and promote tobacco-free environments in your community. Materials include:
Additional materials are available for download on our TFYR Materials page.
Tobacco-Free Policies for Other Outdoor Spaces in Minnesota
Although TFYR has traditionally focused on tobacco-free policies for recreational areas, the program also assists communities with tobacco-free policies for other outdoor spaces such as:
- School grounds
- Fair grounds
- Public grounds (such as city- or county-owned property)
- Employer grounds
- Healthcare facility grounds
A number of resources exist for communities interested in implementing tobacco-free policies for their outdoor spaces. Materials include:
To learn more about Tobacco Free Youth Recreation and the assistance we can offer, please visit www.tobaccofreeparks.org, contact us at 651-646-3005 or send an email to