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‘We’re keen to protect children’

Launch event held in Saville Park, Castleford, for a campaign to make people aware of the effects of smoking in front of kids, especially in parks and play areas.
Pictured: Cllr Pat Garbutt (left) chats to local kids and parents using the park.
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Launch event held in Saville Park, Castleford, for a campaign to make people aware of the effects of smoking in front of kids, especially in parks and play areas. Pictured: Cllr Pat Garbutt (left) chats to local kids and parents using the park. p316a430

Council bosses have launched a campaign in a bid to keep parks in Castleford smoke free.

Wakefield Council launched the project at Savile Park last week.

It aims to reduce the amount of exposure to tobacco youngsters in the town are exposed to.

Coun Pat Garbutt, cabinet member for adults and health, said: “We hope that when local residents realise how uncommon it is to smoke in children’s play parks, it will simply become unacceptable for anyone to do so.

“We are keen to protect children from the harmful physical effects of second- hand smoke.”

The project has been launched at the town’s four council-owned parks as well as at Junction 32 shopping village.

Coun Garbutt added: “We know that children who grow up with a parent or a family member who smokes are three times more likely to smoke themselves.

“This campaign, with the backing of the local community, will reduce the exposure that children have to people smoking.”

The campaign was launched after a council survey showed nine out of ten park users in Castleford would prefer them to be smoke free.

For more information about the campaign visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/smokefreewakefield

Or for help with giving up smoking contact Wakefield’s Stop Smoking team on 01977 465449 or text EASY4 to 64446 and a member of the team will call you back

 

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