Anglesey council will launch a visionary smokefree initiative today by banning smoking in playgrounds as well as in leisure centre grounds and outside primary and secondary schools.
The official launch will take place at the Anglesey show on Tuesday August 13th, 1.30pm with a speech by the Council Leader. A smokefree sign will also be presented to the winner of the poster design competition in primary schools.
A survey by Yougov in 2013 for ASH Wales revealed that 77% of Welsh adults now believe that smoking should be banned in areas where children play. Currently 19 out of 22 local authorities have smokefree playgrounds in their area following a nationwide campaign by ASH Wales.
Elen de Lacy, chief executive of public health charity Action on Smoking and Health in Wales welcomed the launch of the smokefree initiative on Anglesey and praised the partnership working of all the agencies involved.
"Anglesey has gone further than any other council in Wales by having a smokefree policy not only in playgrounds but in leisure centres as well as primary and secondary schools. These areas where young people congregate will now be safer environments as a result of this decision, free from second hand smoke and cigarette litter. We hope that members of the public will help enforce the ban and bring about a change of attitudes towards smoking around young people. We want to see smoking banned in every play area in Wales and we urge other councils to follow their lead."