No smoking signs for Lancashire play areas
Posted by Ben Alexander.
No smoking signs have been installed at children's play areas in Lancashire after concerns for the wellbeing of youngsters.
According to the Lancashire Telegraph, the health and safety signs have been deployed at 57 play areas and skate parks across the town of Pendle in order to stop parents smoking near children.
Although it can't be enforced by law, the borough's council hopes adults will heed the signage.
"It is about protecting the health of our children," councillor Naeem Ashraf, Pendle Council's executive member for parks, told the newspaper.
He added that the no smoking signs were targeted at combating the dangers of passive smoking.
"Children shouldn't have to be subjected to it. If people are smoking in play areas then it is not a safe environment for children to be in," he explained.
ASH, the tobacco health charity, told the newspaper it welcomed the decision, explaining that combating passive smoking, along with setting a good example to children, are of paramount importance.
"We don't want to see children starting to smoke. If parents and guardians refrain from smoking when taking children to the park then it sets a good example," a spokesperson for the organisation told the newspaper.
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