PLAYGROUNDS in Calderdale could soon become smoke-free as the Council’s Cabinet is to discuss plans to ban smoking in all Council-owned play areas.

The Council is committed to reducing smoking prevalence in Calderdale, and as part of this commitment is looking at innovative ways to raise the profile of the harm caused by smoking to our communities.

A consultation was launched in January to get local views about smoke-free playgrounds. Almost 1000 people took part, with 90 per cent agreeing with the idea.

Research was also carried out in Calderdale parks, children’s centres, parent and toddler groups and primary schools with 97 per cent saying they would support encouraging people not to smoke in children’s play areas and 78 per cent said they would be more likely to visit smoke-free play areas.

The council’s cabinet member for public health, wellbeing and engagement, Councillor Simon Young (pictured), said: “Banning smoking in playgrounds would help continue our commitment to making Calderdale smoke-free, as well as helping to decrease cigarette litter."

The meeting takes place on Monday, March 7, at Halifax Town Hall, starting at 4pm.