Smokefree signs go up in Exeter play parks
19th May 2015
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The signs, which display the message "Please don't smoke where we play"  have been provided by NHS Devon. They have gone up in the nine most popular play parks in Exeter, including Heavitree Pleasure Grounds, with the other play areas to follow soon. 

Cllr Keith Owen, Lead Councillor for Health and Wellbeing, said: "We're trying to encourage people to think about the impact their smoking has around users of the play parks, particularly children. It can be both unpleasant and unhealthy  and that's not the sort of experience we want users of the play areas to have."

Earlier this year, Bristol became the first UK city to ban smoking in some public areas. Exeter's approach is somewhat different, with the local authority requesting people refrain from smoking in the play parks rather than enforcing them.

"We hope people will respect the notices and refrain from smoking in the play areas," added Cllr Owen.

The signs are currently displayed in the following play areas: Heavitree Pleasure Grounds; Bull Meadow Park; Topsham Recreation Ground; Kings Heath; King George V Playing Fields; Cowick Barton Playing Fields; St Thomas Pleasure Ground; Pinhoe Playing Fields.  

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