Competition: More time to submit children’s sign designs to back council’s new ban on playground smoking

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Creative children have been given extra time to submit their designs to help make over 140 Leeds playgrounds smoke-free.

By designing bright and bold ‘no smoking’ signs, youngsters can help Leeds City Council to introduce its new voluntary smoking ban on all of its children’s playgrounds which will come into effect later this year.

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The council has teamed up with the YEP to ask children to pick up their pens, paints and crayons to create special ‘no smoking’ signs that are clear but also show playgrounds as fun family areas. The winning designs will be displayed in over 140 council play areas.

The council’s smoke-free play area drive follows similar moves by local authorities in the UK and abroad to reduce passive smoking and protect children.

Nicola Furbisher, managing editor of the YEP, said: “We would urge children city-wide to get creative over the summer holidays and spread this vital public health message.

“Smoking in playgrounds is something we should all act to prevent, so let’s spread a positive message about a smoke-free future.”

The competition is now open for entries from all children in Leeds who are aged under 13 at the closing date for submissions of September 11 at 5pm.

Entries should be sent on one A4 piece of paper along with the name of the entrant, their date of birth, school year and the name of their school or nursery.

Designs should be positive, promote healthy environments and make clear that no smoking is allowed in the play area.

Coun Lisa Mulherin, the council’s executive member for health and care, said: “I’m really pleased we are going to have smoke-free playgrounds and can’t wait to see the designs the children come up with.

“Smoke-free playgrounds have already been successfully introduced in other parts of the UK and other countries and we want Leeds to be next. This is a great step to help us inspire a smoke-free generation.”

Three winners will be announced during the week of September 18. Prizes include Leeds Rhinos tickets and day passes to Tropical World.

Send entries to Smoke-free Playgrounds Competition, Leeds City Council, 2nd Floor East, Civic Hall, Leeds, LS1 1UR.

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