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Smoking faces ban in west Cumbrian play parks

Smoking could be banned in children’s play parks – if the move wins public backing.

Allerdale council is considering outlawing lighting up in areas designed for youngsters.

Any new rules would cover places including Workington, Maryport, Cockermouth, Keswick, Wigton and Aspatria.

Carni McCarron-Holmes, the councillor responsible for health in the borough, said: “Essentially the idea is that a voluntary ban will be introduced into play areas to encourage parents not to smoke in front of their children or other children.

“Research shows that reducing child exposure to smoking decreases the uptake of smoking among young people in the long term.

“Children learn their behaviour from adults and so it’s essential that in our communities tobacco use is not seen as part of everyday life.”

People in Allerdale will be asked their views on the proposals in a survey being carried out to coincide with National Non-Smoking Day tomorrow.

The council is carrying out the work – between midday and 1pm – in conjunction with NHS Cumbria.

It is not the first time that a notion of a park smoking ban has been mooted in the county.

Last year, Bill Wearing, the county councillor who chairs Cumbria’s influential health and wellbeing scrutiny committee, urged local authorities to make it illegal to smoke there.

He argued that passive smoking was a health risk, even in open spaces.

Then, it appeared to have little initial support for immediate action from the district councils in charge of parks throughout the county.

Surveys will be carried out in play areas.

The surveys can also be completed by calling 01900 702824.

In Carlisle, city council chiefs have already said they believe it would be difficult to enforce a ban in parks.

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As I can't see any comments posted may I be the first to say if it's finally being brought to light that smoking passively increases health risks among our children and the chance of them taking up one of the oldest British pastimes maybe a little thought should have been put in a few years ago surrounding the smoking ban.

Has nobody noticed that the people receiving our second hand poison are not just smokers and people who choose to be surrounded by glorious clouds of nicotine, but the children and the non-smokers who are just out for a walk?! Standing 3 feet from a public doorway for the most part forces you to exhale onto innocent passersby and children.

And as an added bonus; do you not remember the idolizing way as a child many revere the pub? Particularly for young teens the pub is one of the first adult experiences that is sought after. Remember saintly Mummy and Daddy, Grandma and Grandpa, older siblings, Aunts, Uncles, Older Friends, friends of the family and especially the older end of young people all speak of the pub as the greatest experience of their lives and the best place to go. And if you take a look at any pub the first thing you notice is the butt bin, then smokers stood around it. Is this not putting forward the idea that to enter one of these establishments, without your age being questioned of course, one should simply sidle up with a tab? And we all know where one leads...that sure little bit of relief that your not going to live to 125, but your going to have some fun on your way out...

Posted by Bill on 16 March 2012 at 20:27

Well said WilliamT, they're not only slaves to the tobacco companies but their freedom is questionable given their addiction.

I love the poisoned by vapour trails idea though :-)

Posted by Me on 16 March 2012 at 06:48

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