School smoking ban to go ahead

Pupils at Thames Primary School  with their sign.
Pupils at Thames Primary School with their sign.
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Moves to install no smoking signs outside Blackpool schools have got the go ahead.

Planners have approved proposals for the notices to go up at 15 primary and secondary schools across the town.

It follows the decision to put no-smoking signs up in playgrounds and at the entrances to parks in Blackpool.

Health chiefs hope the move will discourage people from taking up smoking and stop children from becoming addicted to tobacco. But at present a ban is not enforceable by law.

Coun Ivan Taylor, chairman of the Health and Wellbeing Board for Blackpool, said: “At the moment the schools are closed for the summer holidays, so we don’t know when the new signs will start going up.

“We are also hoping to get more schools on board as I am sure most will agree it is a good cause. We already have signs in the parks, and it is early days yet to see what impact they are having, but we will carry out some form of evaluation.

“One obvious sign is whether or not there are cigarette butts lying around.

“However I am optimistic people are taking notice and I think most smokers are aware they can’t smoke just where they like any more.”

The school signs are being funded through the council’s public health budget but the full cost of the project will depend on how many schools take part, and where the signs are mounted.

Among those in the first phase are Collegiate, Montgomery and Palatine secondary schools.

Planning applications have also been submitted seeking permission for no-smoking signs outside Moor Park Leisure Centre, Newton Drive Health Centre and South Shore Primary Health Centre.

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