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Preston park playgrounds to go smokefree

Posted on - 21st May, 2015 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - News, Parks, Preston Council
Councillor Robert Boswell holding up one of the new signs in Ashton Park

Councillor Robert Boswell holding up one of the new signs in Ashton Park

Signs are going up in childrens playgrounds across Preston parks aimed at stopping people smoking.

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Preston City Council is urging smokers to kick the habit near play areas in city parks.

Cabinet member for communities and environment, Councillor Robert Boswell, said: “Our parks play an important role in helping residents live active, healthy lifestyles.

“By discouraging people from smoking around children in our play areas, we want to reduce the number of young people that copy their behaviour by taking up this habit. This kind of scheme is important to the council as we continue make Preston a healthy city.”

Smokefree Play Code has been introduced by Lancashire County Council and has been adopted in Burnley, Pendle, Rossendale, Hyndburn and the Ribble Valley.

County Councillor Azhar Ali, said: “We’re pleased to be working with Preston City Council on the Smokefree Play Code.

“We want to stop children from becoming smokers and forming a habit that could ultimately kill them. Research shows that the more children see people smoke, the more they see it as a normal part of everyday life, and the more likely they are to become

“We hope adults will agree that this is a good enough reason not to light up in playgrounds in Preston.”

What do you think about the signs? Have you seen people smoking in childrens play areas? Let us know in the comments below

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