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Lincolnshire backing for move to stop smoking in play areas

By Boston Target  |  Posted: December 14, 2013

Lincolnshire backing for move to stop smoking in play areas
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A proposal to ask smokers to stop lighting up in children's play areas in Boston has received overwhelming backing following a consultation.

The exercise undertaken by Boston Borough Council and supported by partners of the Smokefree Lincs Alliance.

Findings from the consultation report show 96 per cent of the responses to the countywide survey were supportive, with a slightly higher proportion, 98 per cent, in favour of a voluntary ban at Boston play areas. A total of 372 responded countywide - 112 in Boston.

Boston residents identified the following main benefits from smoke free play areas: Children's health 93 per cent, cleaner, safer environment 86 per cent, discourages smoking 52 per cent and less tobacco litter 66 per cent.

A council spokesman said: "If children see smoking as a normal part of everyday life they are more likely to become smokers themselves. Smoking is a childhood addiction with most young people trying their first cigarette at 13 years old or younger.

"Initiatives, such as smoke free play areas can help to de-normalise smoking and reduce the risk of exposure to second hand smoke.

"Many areas nationally are creating smoke free play areas using voluntary codes. Locally the borough council has been allocated funding to pilot this initiative at Central Park and Woodville Road. Local schools will now be invited to work on designs for signage highlighting the voluntary ban within the enclosed play areas."

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  • snoddy  |  December 17 2013, 9:52AM

    If smoking is so bad for you how come it cured the kipper?

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  • InsideStory  |  December 16 2013, 5:27AM

    gsx1100 If the truth be known we as the consumer are all to blame for the dominance of the supermarket giants but if government were to step in and say enough is enough what you grow you sell meaning prices will come down ,people will be able to buy cheap fruit and veg and live healthier but government wont step in because they haven't got the Bal*s to do anything about the rich who rule the country .Law could be passed to save wastage in this way and Government know how people are struggling and also know how to bring prices down for the consumer but do they give a damn no they dont they pander to the rich landowners and profit making company's who are holding the population of this country to ransom . Hope i explained myself not that it has anything to do with smoking in children's parks but i hope you see the point i am trying to make .

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  • gsx1100  |  December 15 2013, 8:21PM

    InsideStory. No, we don't disagree about the use of herbicide and pesticides. I don't want them any more than you. The point I was trying to make, was that you were putting the blame squarely on the farmers shoulders and you are wrong to do that. Supermarkets place such stringent conditions on their suppliers, that the farmers can't afford to farm naturally. The hauliers who I deal with, often haul full loads of washed baking potatoes, parsnips, onions, carrots etc. because they are too big or the wrong shape for the supermarkets. These are loads destined for animal feed instead of human consumption. This is wrong.

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  • InsideStory  |  December 15 2013, 7:33PM

    gsx1100 "If I wanted to inhale smoke, I would smoke. I don't, so I avoid areas where smokers are. I simply don't want to breathe in smoke or have my clothes smelling of smoke. what is wrong with that? " I have no problem with your explanation why you dont want to be near smokers and can understand clearly why .If people stay clear of my smoke then ok i can live with that . "Anybody who has to light up in a children's play area are, without doubt, being selfish." I also agree with you on that one so that's two things we have no problem with not bad going so far . "You like to vilify the rich, greedy farmer, but don't put the blame where it should be placed. The big supermarkets are to blame, as they set the price, size of the fruit and veg creating millions of tonnes of waste whilst cutting everyone's profit apart from theirs" what we do differ on is the farmer with the approval of the Government spray their crops with poisonous chemicals to which we have no say unless we grow our own but with so much time spent working to pay our bills we have no time to do that .Poisoning the country's population in my view is wrong and any spraying of chemicals harmful to humans or wildlife should stop . I admit the supermarkets have to take a lot of the blame. Sorry but any other issue you have with my comment that you dont agree with then we have to agree to disagree .

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  • gsx1100  |  December 15 2013, 5:39PM

    InsideStory. Why do you assume smokers are alienated because of what is said regarding passive smoking? If I wanted to inhale smoke, I would smoke. I don't, so I avoid areas where smokers are. I simply don't want to breathe in smoke or have my clothes smelling of smoke. what is wrong with that? Anybody who has to light up in a children's play area are, without doubt, being selfish. Whilst I agree with your view regarding chemicals on crops, the old shoulder chip is still shining through. You like to vilify the rich, greedy farmer, but don't put the blame where it should be placed. The big supermarkets are to blame, as they set the price, size of the fruit and veg creating millions of tonnes of waste whilst cutting everyone's profit apart from theirs.

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  • InsideStory  |  December 15 2013, 12:44PM

    People alienate smokers because they have been told that inhaling others smoke causes all kinds of illnesses but if the truth was known what you eat and drink can also be the cause. All kinds of chemicals spayed on crops have been banned and some that we still use has also been banned in others country's but we still use it .The water we drink is polluted with fluoride ,the food we eat still contains amounts of chemicals that is left from crop spraying and also filled with preservatives and other chemicals in production . People ask why is all our wild birds and wildlife dying off well crop spraying cant be doing them any good with modern farming sacrifices are being made for the sake of mass production and greed . Just think about it you might find some of what i have posted makes sense .

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  • Pete67  |  December 15 2013, 6:50AM

    Englishman66 - - - I just thought. You show a picture of the Union Flag with Churchill. Why hasn't Churchill got one of his favourite cigars?

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  • Pete67  |  December 14 2013, 3:12PM

    rick29 - - - I don't know about a lot of smokers, but I started smoking when another lad at our school was given the strap (the punishment at our school). I figured out if it's so bad it must be good. I gave up before the Government brought in their stupid anti-smoking law at which I re-started (I suppose I'm an awkward sod). Strange enough none of my children smoke.

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  • harleyrider21  |  December 14 2013, 2:21PM

    "The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation." (Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler; 1943) Hitler's Anti-Tobacco Campaign One particularly vile individual, Karl Astel -- upstanding president of Jena University, poisonous anti-Semite, euthanasia fanatic, SS officer, war criminal and tobacco-free Germany enthusiast -- liked to walk up to smokers and tear cigarettes from their unsuspecting mouths. (He committed suicide when the war ended, more through disappointment than fear of hanging.) It comes as little surprise to discover that the phrase "passive smoking" (Passivrauchen) was coined not by contemporary American admen, but by Fritz Lickint, the author of the magisterial 1100-page Tabak und Organismus ("Tobacco and the Organism"), which was produced in collaboration with the German AntiTobacco League. http://tinyurl.com/2qpxa7

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  • harleyrider21  |  December 14 2013, 2:20PM

    This pretty well destroys the Myth of second hand smoke: http://tinyurl.com/aqspkwu Lungs from pack-a-day smokers safe for transplant, study finds. By JoNel Aleccia, Staff Writer, NBC News. Using lung transplants from heavy smokers may sound like a cruel joke, but a new study finds that organs taken from people who puffed a pack a day for more than 20 years are likely safe. What's more, the analysis of lung transplant data from the U.S. between 2005 and 2011 confirms what transplant experts say they already know: For some patients on a crowded organ waiting list, lungs from smokers are better than none. "I think people are grateful just to have a shot at getting lungs," said Dr. Sharven Taghavi, a cardiovascular surgical resident at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, who led the new study...........................

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