Three play areas in Teignbridge have become ‘smoke free’ zones in a bid to encourage residents and visitors to stub out smoking where children play.
Play areas at The Den, Teignmouth, Courtenay Park and Decoy Country Park, both in Newton Abbot, have become the first in Devon to trial a new smokefree code which asks that children be allowed to play in a smoke free environment.
The code has been developed by Smokefree South West in partnership with Teignbridge District Council and signs have been put up at each play area to raise awareness and allow children to play in smoke-free fresh air.
A survey conducted recently in the South West found that almost 60% of people said that smoking was a problem in their local play park. Some 98% of those interviewed said that they would support a voluntary ban on smoking completely in the play parks themselves.
Teignbridge is encouraging staff and residents to give up smoking for good. A dedicated Stoptober page has been created on the council’s website and posters are being put up around council-owned leisure centres – Newton Abbot Leisure Centre, Broadmeadow Sports Centre and Dawlish Leisure Centre – so people know where they can get help.
(from a press release)