110 Playgrounds Go Smokefree In Wrexham

Wrexham have taken the bold step of banning smoking in their playgrounds to protect children from the harm of second hand smoke and the perception that smoking is a harmless activity.

The official launch will take place on Thursday 25th July, 1.30pm at Ty Mawr Country Park Fun day with local school children who have helped campaign for smokefree play areas and designed their own signs and flyers. There will several stalls including a smoking cessation stand in conjunction with Stop Smoking Wales.

A survey by Yougov in 2013 for ASH Wales revealed that 77% of Welsh adults now believe that smoking should be banned in areas where children play. Currently 11 out of 22 local authorities have smokefree playgrounds in their area – this is due to expand to 17 by the end of 2013.

Elen de Lacy, chief executive of public health charity Action on Smoking and Health in Wales welcomed the launch of the smokefree playground initiative in Wrexham and praised the partnership working of all the agencies involved.

"It is excellent news that playgrounds across Wrexham will now be safer environments for children as a result of this decision to make play areas smoke-free. Children and young people have a right to play and meet with their friends in a clean environment, free not only from the dangers of second hand smoke but also cigarette litter. We hope that members of the public will help enforce the ban and bring about a change of attitudes towards smoking around young people. We want to see smoking banned in every play area in Wales and we urge other councils to follow their lead."