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Barnsley schoolchildren urge parents not to smoke

Children urging parents not to smoke

Children from a primary school in Barnsley are urging parents to think twice before smoking around school grounds.

The 'peaceful protest' by pupils at Laithes Primary School is part of the 'Breathe 2025' campaign - and the council's vision to make the borough a smoke-free zone.

The authority wants to ensure the next generation of children are born and raised in a borough free from tobacco and where smoking is invisible.

Laites primary school

The playground protest follows on from the success of smokefree play parks, smokefree market square and from Barnsley being the first northern town to have a smokefree outdoor area in Barnsley Pals Centenary Square.

We want to ensure smoking becomes almost invisible to protect children's health. Children and young people are influenced by adult behaviour and are less likely to start smoking if they do not view it as a normal part of everyday life. We've brought the latest campaign to the school grounds and it's fantastic to see the children get involved too. We're soon to see more schools across the borough take up this scheme and hopefully it will see parents listen and be more considerate about where and when they smoke, if not make them consider stopping completely.

– Cllr Jim Andrews, Cabinet Spokesperson for Public Health,

The campaign will now be rolled out to all Barnsley primary schools with pupils making their own banners and posters urging parents not to smoke near them.

People who want to give up smoking are urged to contact Yorkshire Smokefree service.