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Smoking could be banned at bus stops in Derbyshire

Smoking bans are already in place on hospital grounds Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/PA Images

Smoking could be banned at a number of public places including bus and taxi stops in Derbyshire.

The County Council will be asked to approve a consultation around increasing the number of smoke free spaces across the county at a cabinet meeting later this week.

The zones aim to improve people's health by reducing the impact of smoking. Smoking bans are already in place on hospital grounds.

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.

– Derbyshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Health and Communities, Councillor Carol Hart

The council says smoke free areas have a range of benefits, including reducing the number of children and young people taking up smoking, and reducing smoking-related litter.

The county council will meet on Thursday to discuss the consultation Credit: Robin Utrecht/SIPA USA/PA Images

The creation of additional smoke-free public spaces would help to reduce the harmful effects of second hand smoke on the general public.

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.

– Derbyshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Health and Communities, Councillor Carol Hart

Proposed new smoke-free spaces:

  • 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
  • Theme parks (targeted at children's specific areas)

Dr Ian Campbell says he supports the consultation.

If approved by the county council on Thursday, the eight week consultation on plans to create additional smoke-free areas will begin later this year.