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Swansea school gates declared smoke free

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.

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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.

Creating smoke-free places is essential if we are to set positive examples to children which emphasise that the best way to stop smoking is never to start.

Let's try and make sure none of the 10 children that start smoking in Wales each day, come from Swansea.

– Mark Child, Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and Healthy City

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.

We've had a very positive response to the smoke free beach trial. Local businesses at the beach and beach goers have noticed a difference, particularly with the reduction in the amount of cigarette litter left on the beach.

– Mark Child, Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and Healthy City

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.

The normalisation of healthy behaviours is key in helping to ensure the best possible outcomes for our children and young people.

Smoke free school gates will not only be beneficial to the health of the school population but will also positively impact on the environment.

– Catrin Ford, Healthy Schools Practitioner at Public Health Wales