Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States — every year, it’s responsible for 480,000 deaths. While smoking is on the decline in the United States, more than 2,500 young people smoke their first cigarette each day. In fact, 9 in 10 adults who smoke say they tried their first cigarette before age 18; and nearly all tried their first cigarette by young adulthood.
This year’s Center for Active Design: Excellence awards winners represent the best national and international projects that support public health through innovative active design strategies. While the Active Design movement began with a focus on how the built environment impacted health through physical activity, there has been a recognizable effort over the past 5 years to incorporate mental, social, and civic well-being as crucial pillars in health-promoting design.