Smokers are being asked to quit smoking in play areas, thanks to a new Ribble Valley Borough Council campaign featuring artwork by a Sabden Primary School pupil.
The scheme, backed by the Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, will see signs bearing the message: “Please Stop Smoking in our Play Area!” being installed in public play areas throughout the Ribble Valley.
The signs, which feature artwork by Toby Greenhalgh and fellow pupils from Sabden Primary School, will be sited at play areas throughout the borough as part of a voluntary smoking ban scheme which the council hopes people will adhere to.
Coun. Robert Thompson, chairman of Ribble Valley Borough Council’s community committee, said: “Most people don’t want children to start smoking in the first place and children learn a lot through imitation.
“We are keen to protect children from second-hand smoke and are therefore politely asking people not to smoke in our play areas.”
Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s tobacco control specialist, Peter Pendlebury, said: “Through this scheme we hope to discourage young people from taking up smoking and protect them from starting something that could ultimately kill them.
“When parents take their smoking away from children, it sends a strong message that smoking is not acceptable.
“Most parents don’t want their children to smoke and want to take steps to protect them.
“This is part of an NHS campaign to make smoking history for children,” added Mr Pendlebury.