ban comes into force at play area in Highbridge's
Apex Park has this week become one of the region's first no smoking
children's play areas.
New signs have been installed at the play park, as pictured, as
the 'Smokefree Play Parks' voluntary code came into force to protect
children from the effects of smoking.
pilot scheme has launched this week at Apex Park in Highbridge
and Victoria Park in Bridgwater - the first parks in the region
to benefit the ban.
reducing childrens exposure to smoking, it is hoped that
the uptake of smoking among young people will be reduced and their
Smokefree South West Director Fiona Andrews told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"The Smokefree Play Parks scheme has been designed to ensure
our childrens play spaces are clean and free from tobacco
"We are delighted to be launching this scheme in Sedgemoor
in partnership with the district council. We hope that other parks
and local authorities will follow suit across the region as we
continue to work to reduce the number of children starting smoking
in the South West."
Sedgemoor District Council chief executive Kerry Rickards added:
"Sedgemoor's health profiles show that smoking is one of
the killer diseases in the area. I am delighted that two for the
first parks to be designated as smokefree for children are in
Pictured: The new signs being put into place in Highbridge's