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Smoking ban plan for Cumbria's playgrounds
1:18pm Tuesday 8th October 2013 in News
CHILDREN’S play areas across Cumbria could soon be designated smokefree zones.
Cumbria's Health and Wellbeing Board has agreed to seek support from all district councils and housing providers to make play areas no smoking areas and put up appropriate signage.
Coun Beth Furneaux, cabinet member for adult and local services, said: "This is an important step in reducing smoking rates. This should be seen as 'nipping the problem in the bud' instead of dealing with the smoking issue once it's already taken hold.
"We're concentrating on smoking for one very good reason – it is still the number one source of premature deaths in deprived areas and I want us to do all we can to stop that.”
Patricia Bell, cabinet member for public heath, said: "This could play a significant role in improving the health of our future generations.
"We do have a problem with high numbers of smokers in some areas of the county. Smoking has become less visible over the last few years and a potential ban in play areas will prove to young people that their health is our priority."
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