–with an assist from and Teens Against Tobacco Use, a student anti-smoking group from Phoenixville Area Middle School–hung a sign signifying its commitment to staying tobacco free at a May 31 ceremony.
“I really don’t think smokers are aware that they're doing something damaging to others. [The signs] will help remind people to not use tobacco around young children,” said John Colarusso who, along with his wife Mary, owns Petrucci’s.
The unlikely trio of Petrucci’s, the hospital, and the student group, banded together under the banner of Young Lungs AT Play (YLAP)–a program designed to create tobacco free environments where children and youth gather.
Phoenixville Hospital, a member of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Set Free Coalition, is funded by the PA Dept. of Health and is charged with supporting all municipalities, organizations and businesses who wish to go completely tobacco Free. YLAP signs are provided, at no costs, to those groups who adopt tobacco free policies.