Laura Sharman 06 September 2016

Calderdale considers banning smoking outside council buildings

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Smoking could soon be banned outside council buildings, under new plans being considered by Calderdale Council.

As part of its Breathe 2026 initiative – which aims for the next generation of children not to see smoking as normal – the council looks set to ban smoking in the grounds of council buildings and outside building entrances by January 2017.

Calderdale could also remove smoking shelters from outside council buildings as part of the plans.

‘A ban on smoking outside council and NHS buildings is one way that we can set a positive example,’ said cllr Marilyn Greenwood, chair of Calderdale Council’s Adults, Health and Social Care Scrutiny Panel.

‘This would go alongside our work to encourage and support smokers to think about giving up, which includes highlighting the many advantages that quitting has on daily life.’

The council has already banned smoking in all its council-owned playgrounds, and was the first council in England to offer smokers caught dropping litter the chance to attend stop smoking sessions rather than pay a fine.

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