County councillors could introduce more 'smoke free spaces' across Derbyshire

Derbyshire County Council will be asked to approve a consultation around increasing the number of smoke free spaces across the county.

When Cabinet meets on Thursday April 18th they will discuss plans to canvass people’s opinions around creating additional smoke free zones.

Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Communities, Councillor Carol Hart said: “Smoking is still one of the leading causes of preventable death in the country.

“We’re doing all we can to support people who want to quit as well as protect resident’s health from the effects of second hand smoke.”

Smoke free spaces aim to improve people’s health by reducing the impacts of smoking. Hospital grounds are an example of where work has already been carried out to create additional smoke-free spaces.

The council says Introducing further smoke-free public spaces will have the following benefits;

  • Reduce the uptake of smoking by children and young people by helping to de-normalise smoking
  • Reduce the risk of exposure to second-hand smoke, particularly for children
  • Reduce smoking-related litter, which is non-biodegradable as well as toxic to children, wildlife and the environment 
  • Reduce fire risk

Councillor Hart added: “The creation of additional smoke-free public spaces would help to reduce the harmful effects of second hand smoke on the general public. We will be working in partnership with other organisations, such as district and borough councils in order to help achieve this. 

“Children are particularly affected by second hand smoke so there will be a focus on public spaces where children are likely to be.”

The proposed new smoke-free spaces that the council intend to consult on are:

  • Infant, junior and primary school gates
  • Children’s play areas/play grounds
  • Children’s sports clubs
  • Adults’ sports clubs
  • Sports stadiums
  • Bus and taxi stands
  • Outside Derbyshire County Council, district and borough council buildings
  • Leisure centre entrances
  • Skate parks
  • Theme parks (targeted at children’s specific areas)

If approved the eight week consultation on proposals to create additional smoke-free areas across Derbyshire will begin later this year.

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