Parks in Wyre and Fylde are getting some colourful new additions – anti-smoking signs.
Smokefree signs are to be installed in the children’s play areas of parks as part of a scheme, being run jointly by Lancashire County Council with Wyre Council and Fylde Council, to encourage people not to smoke around children.
The authorities are encouraging people to sign up to the voluntary Smokefree Play Code to not light up in playgrounds.
County Coun Azhar Ali, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “Stopping children becoming smokers, and forming a habit that could ultimately kill them, is one of our key priorities.
“Children learn this habit from adults, and three out of every four children are aware of smoking by the time they are five-years-old.
“The more they see people smoke, the more they see it as a normal part of everyday life, and the more likely they are to become smokers themselves.
“We hope adults will agree that this is a good enough reason not to light up in playgrounds and support our Smokefree Play Code.”
According to officials, the scheme is a voluntary code, it is not a ban on smoking in playgrounds, but a move to make people consider the impact their actions can have.
Parks staff will also be trained and given resources to inform people about the code as well as stop smoking services.
Playgrounds in Blackpool are already covered by a similar scheme, run by Blackpool Council.
n For help to quit smoking, call the stop smoking service on 0800 328 6297.