Breckland to introduce smoke free zones next year

Smoking shot, PA photo
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A council will be introducing smoke free zones around schools and play areas in an effort to reduce children’s exposure to harmful tobacco smoke.

The voluntary code, which was approved by Breckland Council’s cabinet on Tuesday, will aim to encourage people to act more responsibly by smoking away from areas where children are most likely to be affected.

The first phase of the scheme is due to launch in March next year, targeting play areas across Breckland.

The second phase, to follow in April, will focus on areas outside the district’s school entrances and children’s nurseries.

Breckland plans to involve school children in the project by running a competition to design the smoke-free signs.

Karen Pettitt, Breckland’s executive member for public protection, said: “We believe this initiative will help reduce exposure to harmful tobacco smoke in some of the areas used by children.

“Similar schemes have had widespread backing from the community and I hope that our town and parish councils and schools will be keen to work with us in introducing this voluntary smoke-free code.”