Preston’s play areas go smoke-free

Campaign: Coun Robert Boswell with a sign in Ashton Park
Campaign: Coun Robert Boswell with a sign in Ashton Park
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New signs are being installed in parks across Preston as the city joins a Lancashire-wide scheme to urge smokers to stop smoking around play areas.

Preston Council’s cabinet member for communities and environment, Coun 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.”

The smoke-free play code was introduced by Lancashire County Council in partnership with local councils.

Cabinet member for health and wellbeing, County Coun Azhar Ali, said: “We’re pleased to be working with Preston Council on the smoke-free play code.

“We want to stop children from becoming smokers and forming a habit that could ultimately kill them.”