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Campaigners label Bristol's smoke free zones as 'creeping prohibition'

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.

– Simon Clark, Director of Forest
Bristol is the UK's first to pilot smoke free zones Credit: ITV News

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.

Parts of Bristol become smoke-free today

A voluntary smoking ban starts in Millennium Square today Credit: ITV News

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.

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Smoking can make your children fatter

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.

Busiest time of the year for smoking quitters

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.”

– Lynn Stanley, Stop Smoking Services Manager

Bristol councillor encourages people to quit

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.”

– Barbara Janke, Bristol City Councillor

Red ball pushed through Bristol in stop smoking campaign

Red ball pushed through Bristol in stop smoking campaign Credit: Stoptober

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.

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Smoking ban cuts asthma admissions

Researchers found a drop in asthma following the smoking ban Credit: ITV News West Country

A new study has revealed that almost 2,000 fewer patients are being admitted to hospital for emergency treatment for asthma since smokefree legislation was introduced in 2007.

Researchers based at Bath University found there was an immediate 4.9 per cent reduction in emergency hospital admissions for asthma in adults. It implies almost 1,900 admissions were prevented during the first year after legislation was introduced and a similar number in the subsequent two years.

Anti-smoking campaign targets roll-ups

More people in the south west choose roll-ups over conventional cigarettes than elsewhere in the UK Credit: ITV West

People who smoke roll-ups are being targeted as part of a New Year campaign by Smokefree South West.

The campaign aims to dispel the myth that they are less harmful than manufactured cigarettes. More than 4,000 toxic chemicals are inhaled when smoking a roll up.

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