Mums want town parks to be smoke free

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Mothers Suzie McRitchie-Pratt, left, Rachel Drew and Zoe Jennings are backing a play park smoking ban Mothers Suzie McRitchie-Pratt, left, Rachel Drew and Zoe Jennings are backing a play park smoking ban

A voluntary ban on smoking in the town is to be introduced by Chippenham councillors.

Cigarettes could be banished from the High Street and play parks by town councillors after they were told by member Dr Bret Palmer that about 55 people a year in Chippenham are dying due to smoking.

The ban will not be enforceable, but the council’s leisure and amenities committee hopes that posters in children’s handwriting, displayed at play area entrances, will appeal to smokers to think twice before lighting up.

Public Health England 2011/12 figures show that 17 per cent of adults in Wiltshire smoke, compared to 20 per cent nationally.

But 14 per cent of pregnant women in the county have not kicked the habit, one per cent more than the national average.

The posters were first trialled in Sedgemoor, Somerset. Since August this year they have been put up in 25 play areas in Bath and the council there is looking to extend it.

Dr Palmer, who brought the idea to Chippenham, wants to go a step further and install signs not only at the entrances to the town’s nine play areas but also in the High Street.

A motion for a voluntary ban “in all appropriate areas of the town” received unanimous support from the committee’s members, who all said they did not smoke.

Dr Palmer, a registrar in public health, said where such campaigns had been adopted, there had been a 20 per cent reduction in smoking.

He said: “We want to make Chippenham a healthier place to live and work.

“It isn’t a prohibitive ban, it is a polite request. There’s nothing we can do to stop them but it has been known to be effective. The only cost will be to erect the signs.”

Adrian Jones, head of service delivery at the town council, said he was unable to estimate how much it would cost.

Mums in John Coles Park who we spoke to all loved the idea – and some thought a voluntary ban did not go far enough.

Dr Suzie McRitchie-Pratt, 41, of Stanley, said: “We just need to be more aggressive, to make it socially unacceptable in public places, particularly where there are children. And in the High Street too, the more the merrier. There is a lot of support in place for people who want to quit.”

Zoe Jennings, 38, of St Mary Street, said: “By its very nature a park is where children go and we don’t want them to see people smoking.

“But will people do it if it’s voluntary? They already feel bullied enough.”

Rachel Drew, 32, of Malmesbury Road, said: “They should have park wardens to keep smokers out.”

Chippenham resident Paul Newman, 45, of The Paddocks, was not so keen. He said: “First inside and now this. Where will it all end? Next I won’t be able to walk down the street with a cheeseburger.”

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9:55am Tue 3 Dec 13

sir roy.orbit of chippenham says...

The 3 sprogs in the photo and the cars the mothers used to drive them to the park will cause more pollution and c02 damage than a few smokers fags will. If you want to do something good for the planet and other people then - stop breeding and walk more !!
The 3 sprogs in the photo and the cars the mothers used to drive them to the park will cause more pollution and c02 damage than a few smokers fags will. If you want to do something good for the planet and other people then - stop breeding and walk more !! sir roy.orbit of chippenham

10:42am Tue 3 Dec 13

Mrs Donnyfly says...

" Dr Bret Palmer that about 55 people a year in Chippenham are dying due to smoking."

Prove it.
" Dr Bret Palmer that about 55 people a year in Chippenham are dying due to smoking." Prove it. Mrs Donnyfly

11:26am Tue 3 Dec 13

beetawix says...

The ban will not be enforceable??

It's not a ban then is it?


If the powers that be want to discourage smoking I would remind them that there is an existing and largely unenforced law against littering, an activity in which virtually all outdoor smokers participate, not only those in Chippenham.
Why would a polite request fare any better?
The ban will not be enforceable?? It's not a ban then is it? If the powers that be want to discourage smoking I would remind them that there is an existing and largely unenforced law against littering, an activity in which virtually all outdoor smokers participate, not only those in Chippenham. Why would a polite request fare any better? beetawix

5:15pm Tue 3 Dec 13

kimcrawley says...

Where is your evidence for a 20% reduction in 'smoking' Dr Palmer?
If you really cared about our health you would ensure that pollution from traffic was reduced. Or is it easier to pick on smokers to make it look like you are doing something that justifies your salary.
What about all the burgers and sugary drinks they affect far more people.
Where is your evidence for a 20% reduction in 'smoking' Dr Palmer? If you really cared about our health you would ensure that pollution from traffic was reduced. Or is it easier to pick on smokers to make it look like you are doing something that justifies your salary. What about all the burgers and sugary drinks they affect far more people. kimcrawley

5:16pm Tue 3 Dec 13

juessunshine says...

YAY! now time to ban smoking all together and make tobacco illegal!
YAY! now time to ban smoking all together and make tobacco illegal! juessunshine

10:15pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Mrs Donnyfly says...

juessunshine wrote:
YAY! now time to ban smoking all together and make tobacco illegal!
YAY! Who gives a toss about personal choice and liberty anyway?

If all the bansturbators think banning cigarettes and making them illegal will work then you all need your heads read.
[quote][p][bold]juessunshine[/bold] wrote: YAY! now time to ban smoking all together and make tobacco illegal![/p][/quote]YAY! Who gives a toss about personal choice and liberty anyway? If all the bansturbators think banning cigarettes and making them illegal will work then you all need your heads read. Mrs Donnyfly

8:41am Wed 4 Dec 13

lokalgirl says...

How ridiculous. These women must have too much time on their hands and are bored with their lives so need to tell other people how they should live theirs. The only way they can stop their children seeing people smoking is to not let them out.... ever! Rachel says there should be a Park Warden to keep smokers out, my dear you should be more concerned about the safety of your child not whether they see someone smoking, there are people in this world who would cause more harm to your child and they don't smoke. Get a life ladies.
How ridiculous. These women must have too much time on their hands and are bored with their lives so need to tell other people how they should live theirs. The only way they can stop their children seeing people smoking is to not let them out.... ever! Rachel says there should be a Park Warden to keep smokers out, my dear you should be more concerned about the safety of your child not whether they see someone smoking, there are people in this world who would cause more harm to your child and they don't smoke. Get a life ladies. lokalgirl

2:14pm Wed 4 Dec 13

chas says...

Air pollution is far more harmful. Would the mothers like to ban all traffic near parks?
Air pollution is far more harmful. Would the mothers like to ban all traffic near parks? chas

12:02pm Thu 5 Dec 13

7-zark-7 says...

sir roy.orbit of chippenham wrote:
The 3 sprogs in the photo and the cars the mothers used to drive them to the park will cause more pollution and c02 damage than a few smokers fags will. If you want to do something good for the planet and other people then - stop breeding and walk more !!
How do you know any of the mothers in the photo drove to the park? How do you know that any of them are going to have more than 1 child? 2.1 children per couple are required for population growth in the developed world. "Walk more" is a relative term. Walk more than what? Some sort of walking distance guide would be useful to make sense of your comment.
[quote][p][bold]sir roy.orbit of chippenham[/bold] wrote: The 3 sprogs in the photo and the cars the mothers used to drive them to the park will cause more pollution and c02 damage than a few smokers fags will. If you want to do something good for the planet and other people then - stop breeding and walk more !![/p][/quote]How do you know any of the mothers in the photo drove to the park? How do you know that any of them are going to have more than 1 child? 2.1 children per couple are required for population growth in the developed world. "Walk more" is a relative term. Walk more than what? Some sort of walking distance guide would be useful to make sense of your comment. 7-zark-7

9:06pm Thu 5 Dec 13

brigit2007 says...

there are a few pubs around the top end of town. If you can't smoke inside and you ban it outside. then the pubs will loose even more trade than they already have. the town will be even more of a ghost town then.
there are a few pubs around the top end of town. If you can't smoke inside and you ban it outside. then the pubs will loose even more trade than they already have. the town will be even more of a ghost town then. brigit2007

1:25pm Fri 6 Dec 13

chips-in-ham says...

7-zark-7 wrote:
sir roy.orbit of chippenham wrote: The 3 sprogs in the photo and the cars the mothers used to drive them to the park will cause more pollution and c02 damage than a few smokers fags will. If you want to do something good for the planet and other people then - stop breeding and walk more !!
How do you know any of the mothers in the photo drove to the park? How do you know that any of them are going to have more than 1 child? 2.1 children per couple are required for population growth in the developed world. "Walk more" is a relative term. Walk more than what? Some sort of walking distance guide would be useful to make sense of your comment.
Walk more than you are until you get to a cliff and then j~*$!!
[quote][p][bold]7-zark-7[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sir roy.orbit of chippenham[/bold] wrote: The 3 sprogs in the photo and the cars the mothers used to drive them to the park will cause more pollution and c02 damage than a few smokers fags will. If you want to do something good for the planet and other people then - stop breeding and walk more !![/p][/quote]How do you know any of the mothers in the photo drove to the park? How do you know that any of them are going to have more than 1 child? 2.1 children per couple are required for population growth in the developed world. "Walk more" is a relative term. Walk more than what? Some sort of walking distance guide would be useful to make sense of your comment.[/p][/quote]Walk more than you are until you get to a cliff and then j~*$!! chips-in-ham

4:50pm Fri 6 Dec 13

dragon22 says...

Wont be allowed to **** in public soon
Wont be allowed to **** in public soon dragon22

4:56pm Fri 6 Dec 13

dragon22 says...

What? I cant say f a r t ???
What? I cant say f a r t ??? dragon22

6:52pm Fri 6 Dec 13

lordbuckethead says...

juessunshine wrote:
YAY! now time to ban smoking all together and make tobacco illegal!
Because banning alcohol in America in the 20s/early 30s worked so well didn't it?

I mean everyone just stopped drinking, nothing went underground, and it definitely didn't give rise to the mafia did it?

Yes I think you've got something there.
[quote][p][bold]juessunshine[/bold] wrote: YAY! now time to ban smoking all together and make tobacco illegal![/p][/quote]Because banning alcohol in America in the 20s/early 30s worked so well didn't it? I mean everyone just stopped drinking, nothing went underground, and it definitely didn't give rise to the mafia did it? Yes I think you've got something there. lordbuckethead

2:56pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Gazetter 1 says...

I can quiet understand to mothers wanting smoking banned in public places not only the parks but any ware else which is public, for example bus and rail stations as well as the hight street shopping areas etc.
As I am an non smoker don't like having to breath in second hand smoke from another person smoking, like waiting for a bus at Chippenham bus station several times I have had somebody sat next or near to me lights up, I do not make an issue of it and just move away from the person but why should I move when the person is the minority. To sum up smoking issue is not new as back in 1868 UK Parliament passes the Railway Bill which mandates smoke-free carriages to prevent injury to non-smokers.
I can quiet understand to mothers wanting smoking banned in public places not only the parks but any ware else which is public, for example bus and rail stations as well as the hight street shopping areas etc. As I am an non smoker don't like having to breath in second hand smoke from another person smoking, like waiting for a bus at Chippenham bus station several times I have had somebody sat next or near to me lights up, I do not make an issue of it and just move away from the person but why should I move when the person is the minority. To sum up smoking issue is not new as back in 1868 UK Parliament passes the Railway Bill which mandates smoke-free carriages to prevent injury to non-smokers. Gazetter 1

1:25pm Tue 10 Dec 13

chips-in-ham says...

Only mothers care fot their children then! Sounds like your still living in the 1860's
Only mothers care fot their children then! Sounds like your still living in the 1860's chips-in-ham

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