Decision details

Smoke Free Play Areas and Zones

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To consider the adoption of Smoke Free Play Areas and Zones.


That Cabinet approves the introduction of a voluntary smoke free code at all public play areas/parks, entrances to schools and children’s nurseries throughout the district of Breckland.

Reasons for the decision:

Smoking in the presence of children ‘normalises’ smoking behaviour. It is widely accepted that children are more likely to smoke, if they see adults around them smoking. By introducing voluntary smoke free areas it will help reduce the prevalence of smoking in young persons and adults.


Medical and Scientific Opinion is that there is no safe level of second hand tobacco smoke. Successful implementation of this proposal will enable children to play in a healthy place without exposure to harmful second hand tobacco smoke. This will  lead to a particular improvement  in play areas which are walled, solidly fenced or poorly ventilated


Introducing a voluntary smoke free code in these areas will reduce the amount of tobacco related litter. Therefore improving the local environment and generally making the area more attractive and pleasant.


Encouraging local children to design signs to be displayed, will encourage Pride in Breckland and the environment generally.

Alternative options considered:

1.    Do nothing. This will result in no further action being taken.


2.    To approve the proposed project.


3.    To approve the proposed action in principle but make minor amendments.


Report author: Craig Fowler

Publication date: 02/12/2015

Date of decision: 01/12/2015

Decided at meeting: 01/12/2015 - Cabinet

Effective from: 10/12/2015

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