Chippenham to attempt voluntary smoking ban
Posted by Ben Alexander
Councillors in Chippenham, in Wiltshire, are attempting to institute a voluntary ban on smoking in the town after statistics showed that it is a very common habit in the area.
Chippenham council’s leisure and amenities committee is to put up smoking signs around the town, especially in children’s play areas.
These signs will feature an appeal to smokers not to light up in this area, written in children’s handwriting for added effect.
The smoking signs have already been trialled in Sedgemoor, in Somerset, and also in Bath.
The ban will not be enforceable, and nothing will stop people from continuing to smoke in these areas, but the council hopes that it will discourage them from doing so.
The smoking rate in Wiltshire is actually lower than the national average of around 20 per cent, however a higher proportion of pregnant women smoke in the area than in the rest of the UK.
Around 55 people a year in Chippenham are dying due to smoking.
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