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Smoking ban launched in Surrey playgrounds

A voluntary smoking ban is being launched in children’s play areas across Surrey.WP_20160301_001 (1)

The scheme will rely on the goodwill of people using them and will be supported by signs featuring artwork by local children.

It is being launched by boroughs and districts with the help of Surrey County Council’s public health team to coincide with national No Smoking Day (today).

Smokefree zones cover fenced off areas containing children’s play equipment. They do not include parks and open spaces.

photo in Staines ParkHelyn Clack, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and Health, said: “Playgrounds should be places where children can enjoy healthy physical activity and this is all about discouraging young people from taking up a habit that ruins far too many lives – in Surrey alone more than 1,400 people a year die from medical conditions related to cigarettes.”

Boroughs and districts already committed to the scheme are Epsom and Ewell, Guildford, Mole Valley, Reigate and Banstead, Runnymede, Spelthorne and Woking.

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