Smoke free plan for Newport play areas

South Wales Argus: Smoke free plan for Newport play areas Smoke free plan for Newport play areas

NEWPORT council is looking at plans to introduce smoke-free play areas in parks across the city.

Welsh government healthy minister Mark Drakeford has urged local authorities to impose restrictions in an effort to reduce children’s exposure to second-hand smoke.

Leisure and culture cabinet member Debbie Wilcox is now considering a report on the scheme which could see signs put up at 60 play areas.

Further plans for smoke-free areas around schools and leisure centres could also be on the cards.

It is hoped the plan will help discourage children from taking up the habit as they get older.

The report said: “The time spent in playgrounds and parks is hugely important for a child’s development and health. The dangers of passive smoking are well documented, and smokers usually start before they reach 18 years of age.

“Children can be impressionable and influenced by what they see. By asking people not to smoke in areas where children play, we are creating truly child-friendly environments and protecting children from an addiction that will have a detrimental effect on their health in the future.”

Officers wrote that playgrounds where smoking is banned are associated with lower levels of adolescent smoking.

A competition would be launched for children and young people in Newport to design the signs. “Signs can help people to challenge someone who lights up in a play area and point those who want to quit to services that can help them.,” the report read.

“This is especially important for parents, as their children are more likely to start smoking than those of non-smoking parents.”

The authority has been quoted £4,252 for the installation and provision of signs across 60 play areas in Newport.

“Plans to roll out to other smoke free environments such as outside schools and leisure centres will be investigated and considered in the future,” said the report.

A survey of 272 children in Newport found that 211 did want play areas, parks and the areas outside schools and leisure centres made smoke free.

Cllr Wilcox is due to make her decision in the near future.

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8:41am Wed 22 Jan 14

inkyskin says...

like smokers are going to take any notice of this whatsoever!
like smokers are going to take any notice of this whatsoever! inkyskin
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11:27am Wed 22 Jan 14

p stani says...

Councillor Wilcox,if you could get from behind your desk now and again and go and have a look at so called play areas in this town.You would see most of them are not fit for purpose like the one in the argus photo,Do something constructive with your highly paid job.
Councillor Wilcox,if you could get from behind your desk now and again and go and have a look at so called play areas in this town.You would see most of them are not fit for purpose like the one in the argus photo,Do something constructive with your highly paid job. p stani
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1:29pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Crazydad says...

Yet another idea that will not be monitored or enforced as NCC dont have the money to employ enforcement officers. Even it this responsibility was outsourced no company would take it on as it not a cost efficent role to undertake.
Yet another idea that will not be monitored or enforced as NCC dont have the money to employ enforcement officers. Even it this responsibility was outsourced no company would take it on as it not a cost efficent role to undertake. Crazydad
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11:11pm Wed 22 Jan 14

tracey1962 says...

who would police this non smoking in play areas , we need decent play areas where people do not leave litter, fail to pick up numerous dog mess and curb the language that some of the parents use in the childrens area,We need to go back to having park wardens!!
who would police this non smoking in play areas , we need decent play areas where people do not leave litter, fail to pick up numerous dog mess and curb the language that some of the parents use in the childrens area,We need to go back to having park wardens!! tracey1962
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7:48am Thu 23 Jan 14

lindy54 says...

I don't live in Newport but when I walk from my house in Caldicot to the village I walk through a children's play area. It is amazing how many people walk their dogs (mostly not on a lead) and allow their dogs to foul where children play. Apart from the mess dog owners need to appreciate we are not all dog lovers and do not want your beloved pooches slobbering all over us! A dog warden is desperately needed in this area.
I don't live in Newport but when I walk from my house in Caldicot to the village I walk through a children's play area. It is amazing how many people walk their dogs (mostly not on a lead) and allow their dogs to foul where children play. Apart from the mess dog owners need to appreciate we are not all dog lovers and do not want your beloved pooches slobbering all over us! A dog warden is desperately needed in this area. lindy54
  • Score: 1

11:01am Thu 23 Jan 14

Daz Mondeo says...

So does that mean something is finally going to be done about (the minority) of kids who congregate in such areas to smoke and drink as well then...
So does that mean something is finally going to be done about (the minority) of kids who congregate in such areas to smoke and drink as well then... Daz Mondeo
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12:16pm Thu 23 Jan 14

grumpyandopinionated says...

This has really made me chuckle.. NCC get a life for gods sake, I know that the majority of you are now desperate to do some work and paper shuffling to look busy and justify your existace within the council. But surely with a £90 million loan to pay off can you really afford to be wasting money on something like this.
This has really made me chuckle.. NCC get a life for gods sake, I know that the majority of you are now desperate to do some work and paper shuffling to look busy and justify your existace within the council. But surely with a £90 million loan to pay off can you really afford to be wasting money on something like this. grumpyandopinionated
  • Score: -1

2:35pm Thu 23 Jan 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

I personally would much rather they spent this money ensuring that they can have someone to unlock public toilets at these facilities, so my four year old daughter doesn't have to choose between wetting herself, or peeing in a public park.
I personally would much rather they spent this money ensuring that they can have someone to unlock public toilets at these facilities, so my four year old daughter doesn't have to choose between wetting herself, or peeing in a public park. GardenVarietyMushroom
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