The recent Theatre in the park performance at Hyde Park, Hyde was a smokefree event, to help promote healthy behaviour to children.
A recent survey showed 64% of respondents supported smokefree outdoor events for children with only 6% opposed to the idea.
The survey results were released for the launch of Smokefree Summer in Tameside. The campaign is a new initiative running across Greater Manchester during Summer 2015 which will see a series of family-friendly events in the area becoming smokefree to protect children by reducing their exposure to smokin
The street survey was carried out by an independent street engagement team commissioned by Tobacco Free Futures. 50 people in Tameside were asked their opinions on smoking outside 76% agreed that smoking outdoors in front of children and young people sets a bad example, with only 8% of people disagreeing, 40% agreed that there should be no smoking in parks where children, and families may visit, with 32% of people disagreeing
Andrea Crossfield, Chief Executive of Tobacco Free Futures said: “Young people consistently overestimate the prevalence of smoking, with 60% thinking it’s the ‘norm’, when in reality four out of five people don’t smoke in the North West. Smokefree summer has been created to increase the amount of clean and healthy environments that children and families play in, helping children to understand that smoking isn’t a normal activity. This isn’t about protecting children from secondhand smoke in outdoor spaces, rather its promoting healthy behaviour to children. The more events that become smokefree, the less likely children are to take up smoking – preventing them from entering into a deadly addiction that kills one in two long-term smokers.”
If you are thinking about quitting smoking you can contact Tameside stop smoking service for free help and support by calling 0161 716 2000.