A ban on smoking at the school gates begins in Swansea today, as Swansea Council continues their campaign to develop smoke free areas across the city.
The Smoke Free Gates campaign seeks to discourage parents from lighting up outside schools at the beginning and end of the school day. Colourful signs outside every primary school in the city will remind smokers of the ban. It follows on from a previous initiative which saw 77 local play areas become smoke free zones.
Latest research shows that 10 children start smoking each day in Wales.
Swansea Council hope the bans will have a similar impact on schools as the introduction of its first smoke free beach at Caswell Bay, earlier this year.
The bans are voluntary, and people won’t be fined for breaking them, but the council and their campaign partners hope smokers will obey the signs.