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“Please do not smoke in our play areas”

Published on Monday, 21st May 2018

Cllr Pudney supporting no smoking in our park 2

New posters have been placed in parks across the District asking adults not to smoke in children’s play areas.

The posters were designed by Emily age 9 from Burnham-on-Crouch who wrote to Maldon District Council as she did not like the smell of cigarettes. She thought children’s play areas should be smoke free.

Cllr. Neil Pudney, Councillor for Burnham-on-Crouch North and Vice-Chairman of the Council said “I would like to support this message. As a retired nurse I have seen the dangers of smoking first hand and what it can do to other people. It is really important that young people take an interest in their local area and I would like to congratulate Emily for her idea. I hope people will be considerate of the wishes of the young people who use the play areas.”

Matt Wilson, Countryside & Coast Manager said “Our Countryside and Coast Team work really hard to provide safe and fun children’s play areas throughout the District, supporting children to be healthy and active. We agreed with Emily that children’s play areas should be smoke free and her posters are now displayed across a number of local parks.”

Ben Page, Health Improvement Officer said “Second hand smoke is especially harmful to children, including reducing lung growth, wheezing and triggering asthma attacks. It can also cause ear infections amongst many other consequences. Smoking and second hand smoke should not be anywhere near children or playgrounds.”