Llanfairpwll campaign to stop smoking in public places

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An Anglesey village is hoping to become smoke-free by asking people not to light up in public places.

Signs will be erected in Llanfairpwll urging people not to smoke but there will be no enforcement.

The voluntary scheme will apply to entrances to pubs and shops, as well as playgrounds and community facilities.

Smokers' group Forest said the smoking ban had been introduced to protect bar workers' health and there was no evidence smoking outside was harmful.

The campaign, which would not make smoking in public in the village illegal, was being launched at Ysgol Llanfairpwll on Tuesday.

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We'll need a gradual cultural change, which will take time, but we're confident this can be achieved”

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Luned Edwards, Anglesey council's health and well-being project officer, said there had been a lot of support locally for the idea, which was an extension of the smoke-free playgrounds initiative.

"The scheme won't be policed, but we're hoping that the local community will encourage visitors and residents not to smoke in public designated area," she said.

"Businesses and tourism establishments, especially catering outlets, should also benefit as Llanfairpwll becomes smoke-free."

She said Llanfairpwll would not become completely smoke-free overnight.

"We'll need a gradual cultural change, which will take time, but we're confident this can be achieved given such strong local support," she said.

'Pleasant environment'

Anglesey council said the scheme aimed to protect children and young people from second-hand smoke, as well as stopping them from seeing adults smoking.

Man smoking Councils across Wales are being urged to adopt similar policies on smoking

The charity Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) Wales is supporting the campaign.

Chief executive Elen de Lacy said: "Outdoor public places in Llanfairpwll will now be more pleasant environments for everyone, especially children and young people, free from the harm of second-hand smoke and cigarette litter.

"It also adds to the changing culture that is slowly but surely getting stronger that smoking is not a normal, harmless activity, but a deadly addiction that kills one in two of its long-term users."

Andrew Jones, executive director of public health for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said it was "really encouraging".

He said: "It is important that children and young people in Wales do not see smoking as a normal, everyday activity as they are more likely to become smokers themselves."

However Simon Clark, director of the smokers' lobby group Forest, claimed the move was not about public health, but about control.

"What gives local councils the right to nag and harass people when they are not breaking the law but merely smoking outside?" asked Mr Clark. "The smoking ban was introduced, allegedly, to protect the health of bar workers. There is no evidence that smoking outside is harmful to anyone."


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    Comment number 329.

    Perspective! I attended a play not long ago and watched during intermission as smokers went outside to smoke. Inside, tables had been set up for wine glasses and lines were very long in this area. Funny but you are not suppose to 'drink & drive'. Society is in and of itself perplexing and people generally followers.

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    Comment number 325.

    Is this a joke? Car emissions are far more dangerous and far greater than any smoker. Why are we not banning cars? Thats inconvenient or simply they are too thick to actually identify real dangers to people.

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    Comment number 223.

    I gave up smoking 25 years ago, prefer not to share others' smoke, but I'm not offended by it. However, I spend most of my time in Portugal, & it seems to me the Portuguese are in general much more tolerant of everything.To those that complain re smoking et al, are you sure your complaints are genuine, or would anything irritate you?

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    Comment number 136.

    The simple fact is pro smokers and anti smokers will never agree. Each group will say its their right to try and enforce their view on everybody else.

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    Comment number 128.

    Why is it that most smokers try to justify their habit by pretending that they single handedly finance the NHS or make a significant contribution towards the country's fiscal balance? People should,as always, be free to choose what they do in their lives but don't try to make out that coughing and spitting fag ash at the rest of us is a freedom worth fighting for.


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