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Local authority to introduce no smoking policy at playgrounds

Tue 8th November, 2011

A council in England has introduced a no smoking policy at playgrounds and around its school gates. 

Nottingham City Council council said it wanted to protect children from the effects of smoking and reduce its uptake. It added the policy was not enforceable by law, but wanted people to comply.

Smokers' group Forest (Freedom Organisation for the Right to Enjoy Smoking Tobacco) said the plans were "heavy handed".

Simon Clark, director of Forest, said: "It is not the business of a local council to tell adults how to behave. There is no evidence of a health risk to children from smoking in the open air."

No-smoking signs designed by children will be displayed in playgrounds maintained by Nottingham City Council. The signs will also be available for primary schools in the Nottingham city area to display at their school gates.

Source: BBC News (8 November 2011)

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