Hardline Wakefield council goes completely smoke free outside buildings ‘for sake of next generation’

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Wakefield Council is going completely smoke-free by banning smoking outside its buildings from September 1.

The authority says it is taking the step as it “wants the next generation of young people in the district to grow up in a smoke free environment”.

Councillor Pat Garbutt, cabinet member for Adults and Health at Wakefield Council, said: “We want smoking to be seen as an unusual habit which becomes far less visible and less commonplace in the future. The policy is part of a plan to enable young people to grow up in places that support their health and wellbeing.”

It is estimated that 3,870 fewer adults in Wakefield are smoking this year compared to 2015, after rates dropped to 21.9 percent from 23.4 percent. However that is still higher than the national average of 16.9 percent for England and 18.6 percent for Yorkshire and the Humber.

Coun Garbutt added: “Attitudes towards smoking have changed a lot since it was banned from inside public buildings in 2006. This is the next logical step in broaden our smoke-free areas.

“Almost 80 percent of the population don’t smoke and we want to support them. We are also sympathetic to smokers and want them to be aware of the help that is available to them.”

Visit http://wakefield.yorkshiresmokefree.nhs.uk.