Smoke-free play area plans for Three Rivers one step closer

Watford Observer: Smoke-free play area plans one step closer Smoke-free play area plans one step closer

Play areas in Three Rivers are one step closer to becoming smoke-free.

At a meeting of the Leisure and Community Safety Policy and Scrutiny committee on Wednesday, January 15, councillors agreed officers’ recommendation that signs be placed in the district’s play areas stating that they are smoke-free.

In documents submitted to the council, officers state that the purpose of the signs will act to "reduce children’s exposure to second-hand smoke", to "reduce children’s exposure to the image of adults smoking, and the potential to encourage them to take up smoking", and "to increase public expectation that public areas will be smoke-free".

There are 26 play areas under the control of Three Rivers in the district.

Watford and Three Rivers Health and Wellbeing Partnership have agreed to pay the £1,989 required to place two A3 signs at each of the sites.

Officers stated in the report submitted to the committee that: "This is an essential element to reducing the prevalence of smoking in Three Rivers.

"Whilst the area is meeting its smoking quit targets, the recruitment of new smokers to the habit replaces those that have quit."

The recommendations will be put forward to politicians at the Executive Committee on January 27, where the final decision will be made.

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2:35pm Sun 19 Jan 14

watford_bob says...

I'll print you two A3 no-smoking signs for £1989!
I'll print you two A3 no-smoking signs for £1989! watford_bob
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2:47pm Mon 20 Jan 14

cameluk says...

"reduce children’s exposure to the image of adults smoking" great except that the kids will see others smoking everywhere else, at the bus stop, outside every bar and pub in the country and outside every office building in the high street

Expsoure to kids seeing adults smoking has got worse rather than better since they forced all the smokers to stand outside having a smoke rather than being hidden inside office buildins and pubs
"reduce children’s exposure to the image of adults smoking" great except that the kids will see others smoking everywhere else, at the bus stop, outside every bar and pub in the country and outside every office building in the high street Expsoure to kids seeing adults smoking has got worse rather than better since they forced all the smokers to stand outside having a smoke rather than being hidden inside office buildins and pubs cameluk
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4:17pm Mon 20 Jan 14

angryangryangry says...

ALL children's play areas should be smoke free!

Generally in Cassiobury park play areas people do not seem to smoke, however i have been in the play area near the Aquadrome and people have been sat there smoking whilst their kids play. Maybe it's something to do with the area and the type of people?
ALL children's play areas should be smoke free! Generally in Cassiobury park play areas people do not seem to smoke, however i have been in the play area near the Aquadrome and people have been sat there smoking whilst their kids play. Maybe it's something to do with the area and the type of people? angryangryangry
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