In the West Country alone 103,000 people are living with chronic lung disease and the main cause is smoking.Read the full story ›
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Campaigners from smokers' group Forest have criticised the ban as an example of "creeping prohibition".
Smoking is banned in all enclosed public places. Now campaigners want to ban it outside. This is creeping prohibition. Extending public smoking bans to outdoor areas is illiberal and unwarranted. Smoking in the open air harms no-one apart, perhaps, from the consumer - and that's their choice.
Cities including New York, Toronto and Hong Kong have already banned smoking in key outdoor locations but Bristol is the UK's first to pilot smoke free zones.
Millennium and Anchor Squares are home to the At-Bristol science museum, shops and restaurants, and are well-used play spaces for children.
Two squares in Bristol will become the first major public outdoor spaces in UK to go smoke-free.
From today a voluntary smoking ban will be in place in Millennium Square and Anchor Square. The area is home to the At-Bristol science museum and often hosts festivals and other family friendly events.
The project is part of the Smokefree South West campaign.
Smoking isn't just bad for YOU - it can also make your children fatter. That's the conclusion from the latest Children of the 90s study.
The group based at Bristol University is following the health and development of more than 10,000 youngsters.
They've found that starting smoking at a young age can lead to problems for the next generation. Caron Bell reports.
This is one of the busiest times of year for us as people return from summer holidays and want to make a fresh attempt at giving up smoking before Christmas. By doing this they can avoid another year as a smoker, and have some extra cash. Stoptober is a great way to set a date to stop alongside friends and family and with the additional encouragement of other smokers doing the same.”
Tackling smoking is one of our biggest priorities to help people in Bristol lead more healthy lives. Campaigns such as Stoptober, along with the support provided by local stop smoking services, play a huge role in helping people to stop. We want every smoker to consider making a quit attempt this October and join the hundreds of people who are feeling the benefits from stopping smoking in Bristol last year.”
A giant red ball is being pushed through Bristol today as part of a stop smoking campaign. Research shows that smoking is the biggest killer in the UK with half of long-term smokers dying prematurely from a smoking disease.
An ex-smoker will be running 28 miles around the city as part of the campaign Stoptober.
Our presenter Kylie Pentelow interviews Alison Birkett from Cancer Research UK about disturbing figures about children in our region taking up smoking.
Researchers at the University of Bath have found that emergency hospital admissions for asthma have dropped since the smoking ban.Read the full story ›