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 31.

    @27 do you wear a mask whilst out walking near roads????? how do you cope with everyday life avoiding fumes???

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    Comment number 30.

    Perhaps they'd like to ban wood-burning stoves while they're at it.

    Outside is the best place to smoke - theoretically the smoke drifts harmlessly away and doesn't linger.

    Both my parents smoked - and both died of old age (85 and 89).

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    Comment number 29.

    Well done to those responsible for this excellent idea. The only thing that could be improved would be to make it a compulsory ban. I hope more places will follow this scheme.

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    Comment number 28.

    The only problem with banning smoking indoors is that sometimes there are literally clouds of smoke at entrances, etc. I don't mind people smoking in the open, but away from key intersections would be great. Also areas where children play or congregate a lot such as parks. Anywhere else is fine. The issue is second hand smoke, people who don't smoke don't want to breathe it!

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    Comment number 27.

    @suzyp (6), eating McDonalds is only bad for your own health. Being around people eating cheeseburgers doesn't result in passive obesity. Passive smoking however does have a detrimental effect on those around you. I detest the smell and I detest having it thrust upon me everywhere I go. Therefore any measure, no matter how ill-conceived, that will help the situation gets my support

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    Comment number 26.

    and whilst they're teaching our children this rubbish kids are still coming out of school unable to spell or to use English/Welsh properly! Typical of an education system that simply is not fit for purpose.

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    Comment number 25.

    I can confidently predict that this will be every bit as good for the local businesses as the smoking ban was for the pub trade, because prohibition has such a long and successful history. Or maybe The smokers will just climb back in their cars and move on somewhere else where the locals don't badger and harass them for enjoying a legal product in public, and take their money with them.

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    Comment number 24.

    They may change their minds when they see the effect on tourism.

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    Comment number 23.

    I presume since they're asking people to stop something that is legal they have eradicated real evils such as murder, rape, corruption, theft, domestic violence in extremis and petty crimes such as speeding, assault, public drunkenness & anti-social behaviour ... or are they just picking on the soft targets because the others are too much like hard work?

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    Comment number 22.

    Chief Executive Elen de Lacy really needs to grow up. outdoor second hand smoke carries no threat of harm - Unlike vehicle pollution which is present 24/7. They would be better off having a "please don't drive in our village"sign Also the idea that 1 in 2 smoking people are killed by smoking is ridiculous and indicative of the way so called research is conflated with downright lies and slogans.

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    Comment number 21.

    wow next you know they will put signs in my house in my garden

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    Comment number 20.

    In public places, next step will be outside anywhere in public. And entrances to pubs? Where do smokers go then?
    Good luck to the person or people trying to stop me from smoking outside, I don't envy you.

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    Comment number 19.

    Having signs asking for people to refrain from smoking isn't a bad idea. A lot of smokers, me included, light up out of habit and a sign suggesting otherwise would make me think twice. Nice idea.

    Mind you, I still defend the right to smoke.

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    Comment number 17.

    "Could someone please force all vehicle manufacturers to remove all noxious fumes from their products, as walking anywhere near busy road junctions does me far more damage than the second-hand smoke from a million people puffing away on their fags when in open spaces."

    Lets do away with both. We can start with the fags, that's easy. The end of exhaust fumes will take a little longer.

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    Comment number 16.

    There will always be one that will do it because it is their “right” to smoke, it was like that when banned from hospitals where people said they had a right to smoke.

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    Comment number 15.

    But it's OK to let kids play in playgrounds covered in dog mess, beer cans, heroin needles? Breath in diesel fumes? Eat junk food? Live on an island with no jobs where the council want another nuclear power station?

    If they are ill rely on a clapped out Welsh NHS system? Attend schools that are not fit for purpose?

    God forbid they should see a "dirty filthy smoker"

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    Comment number 14.

    Re - 9.
    Andy Wing
    2 Minutes ago

    How do they "hope that members of the public will help"?

    Maybe paint a star on smokers houses or make smokers wear armbands. Smokers could be tattooed with a registration number.

    Welcome to NW Wales - The most inward looking English hating area I have ever lived. in.

    Where Gwynedd council want to stop building 7000 afordable houses in case the 'English' move in.

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    Comment number 13.

    Could someone please force all vehicle manufacturers to remove all noxious fumes from their products, as walking anywhere near busy road junctions does me far more damage than the second-hand smoke from a million people puffing away on their fags when in open spaces.

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    Comment number 12.

    Smells like a good place to go. I loathe the smell of fag smoke and dislike having it inflicted on me by others. Having had 4 family members die of smoking I also have a bit of a bias. There is no compulsion in what the village is doing with their no smoking requests, merely people expressing their opinion. Good for them.


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