Smoke Free Newcastle is now implementing new 'smoke-free' signs in all outdoor children's playgrounds across the city. The initiative aims to support parents and carers to be positive role models to their children and is a polite request for adults to voluntarily refrain from smoking in and around playgrounds.
The implementation of the initiative follows a survey conducted by Smoke Free Newcastle, which revealed that smoke free playgrounds are popular with the public. 87% of parents and carers when asked supported the introduction of smoke free playgrounds and this included 76% of the smokers surveyed.
Children and their parents and grandparents from the Newcastle Action for Parent and Toddler groups (NAPI), helped Councillor Jane Streather, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Housing and Chair of Smoke Free Newcastle with Professor Eugene Milne, Director of Public Health of Newcastle City Council, launch the new signs at the Gala Fields playground in Newbiggin Hall.
Speaking at the launch Councillor Streather said: "I am delighted to launch smoke free playgrounds in Newcastle to encourage parents and carers to role model healthy behaviour to their children and help to improve the environment of the city's play areas".
Professor Eugene Milne added: "Making children's playgrounds smoke free is not only popular with the public but it will help create an environment where smoking is not seen as the norm. The more children see adults smoking, the more they are likely to become smokers - we want to try and break that link for the sake of their future health".
To see a photograph of the launch event, which took place on the 4 March 2016 go to photograph (pdf, 3 mb)
Smoking remains the most preventable form of early death and disease in Newcastle. Whilst rates have dropped considerably over recent years, those who take-up smoking tend to do so before the age of 18 years. Children become aware of cigarettes at an early age; 3 out of 4 children are aware of cigarettes before they reach the age of 5 years old. The introduction of smoke-free outdoor children's playgrounds will help to contribute to Newcastle's vision to reduce adult smoking prevalence to 5% by 2030.
Help to stop smoking
If you would like to give up smoking, free, friendly, confidential help is available from the Newcastle Stop Smoking Service. Please contact them on 0191 2691103, Email: email@example.com or on twitter @Quit_Newcastle. More information and tips on quitting smoking can be found at NHS
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Smoke Free Newcastle partners include Newcastle City Council, Your Homes Newcastle, Public Health, local health services and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service. For more information on the work of SmokeFree Newcastle please contact Judith MacMorran, Health Improvement Practitioner (Advanced), Wellbeing, Care & Health, City of Newcastle upon Tyne, Room 126, Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QH. Phone: 0191 2115509.