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Could smoking at bus stops and kids' play areas be banned in Derbyshire?

Councillors in Derbyshire have been asked to approve a consultation on increasing the number of smoke-free spaces across the county.

Derbyshire County Council says it wants to protect people from the effects of second-hand smoke by introducing more smoke-free spaces. Credit: PA Images

The cabinet will meet next week to discuss plans to canvas people's opinions about banning smoking in places such as children's playgrounds, bus shelters and outside primary schools.

The council says it wants to support people who want to quit and protect the public from passive smoking.

Spaces the public will be consulted on include:

  • Infant, junior and primary school gates
  • Children's play areas/play grounds
  • Children's sports clubs
  • Adults' sports clubs
  • Sports stadiums
  • Bus and taxi stands
  • Outside Derbyshire County Council, district and borough council buildings
  • Leisure centre entrances
  • Skate parks

Cabinet Member for Health and Communities, Councillor Carol Hart said:

Smoking is still one of the leading causes of preventable death in the country.

We’re doing all we can to support people who want to quit as well as protect resident’s health from the effects of second hand smoke.

We will be working in partnership with other organisations, such as district and borough councils in order to help achieve this.

Children are particularly affected by second hand smoke so there will be a focus on public spaces where children are likely to be.”

– Councillor Carol Hart - Cabinet Member for Health and Communites, Derbyshire County Council

If approved the consultation will take place later this year for eight weeks.