Smoking ban for play areas considered

A man smoking

A man smoking

First published in News Darlington and Stockton Times: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter (Durham)

PARENTS could be banned from smoking in play areas under a tobacco crackdown.

The County Durham Tobacco Alliance is consulting on making all 178 outdoor play areas owned by Durham County Council smoke-free zones.

Posters and stickers would be put up encouraging people not to smoke.

Further, owners of the other 129 play areas in the county would be asked to sign up to the code voluntarily.

Consultation has begun and runs until Friday, October 17.

The Alliance says making smoking less socially acceptable makes children less likely to take up the habit themselves.

Councillor Lucy Hovvels, the council’s cabinet member for safer and healthier communities, said: “Children are influenced by what they see and research shows that young people are most at risk of becoming smokers if they grow up in communities where smoking is the norm.

“The most effective way to prevent young people from becoming smokers is to encourage adult smokers to quit and to remove young people’s exposure to smoking.

“Making our play areas and play parks smoke-free is one of the ways in which we can change that social norm and hopefully prevent young people from taking up smoking.”

To have your say, visit durham.gov.uk/consultations

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4:04pm Thu 21 Aug 14

BMD says...

It would be more sensible for the County Durham Tobacco Alliance to put up signs discouraging smoking.

Because the “Smoke Free Zone” could persuade parents whom smoke, not to take their children to these play areas, knowing kids they will make their own way there unsupervised and unprotected.
It would be more sensible for the County Durham Tobacco Alliance to put up signs discouraging smoking. Because the “Smoke Free Zone” could persuade parents whom smoke, not to take their children to these play areas, knowing kids they will make their own way there unsupervised and unprotected. BMD
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4:16pm Thu 21 Aug 14

stedarlo9 says...

BMD wrote:
It would be more sensible for the County Durham Tobacco Alliance to put up signs discouraging smoking.

Because the “Smoke Free Zone” could persuade parents whom smoke, not to take their children to these play areas, knowing kids they will make their own way there unsupervised and unprotected.
Surely people are able to go 30 mins without a fag whilst their children play.... Can't be that difficult surely. I enjoy a drink every now and then but wouldn't do it in a park where kids are playing. They need a bit of self control if you ask me.
[quote][p][bold]BMD[/bold] wrote: It would be more sensible for the County Durham Tobacco Alliance to put up signs discouraging smoking. Because the “Smoke Free Zone” could persuade parents whom smoke, not to take their children to these play areas, knowing kids they will make their own way there unsupervised and unprotected.[/p][/quote]Surely people are able to go 30 mins without a fag whilst their children play.... Can't be that difficult surely. I enjoy a drink every now and then but wouldn't do it in a park where kids are playing. They need a bit of self control if you ask me. stedarlo9
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12:06am Fri 22 Aug 14

Voice-of-reality says...

More namby pamby nannying that is unneeded. Let's just make sure that all children are safe from all possible dangers that adults represent by confiscating them at birth and putting them in state run facilities. It won't be long before you have to be police checked to have a child (unless of course you are yourself a teenage mum/dad or asylum seeker) - in which case 'anything goes'.
More namby pamby nannying that is unneeded. Let's just make sure that all children are safe from all possible dangers that adults represent by confiscating them at birth and putting them in state run facilities. It won't be long before you have to be police checked to have a child (unless of course you are yourself a teenage mum/dad or asylum seeker) - in which case 'anything goes'. Voice-of-reality
  • Score: 5
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