A voluntary smoking ban is being introduced in play areas throughout Newark and Sherwood in a bid to improve healthy living.
Twenty sites will be covered under the initiative, which is primarily aimed at parents but also to cut the number of young people taking up the habit.
Newark and Sherwood District Council believes smoke-free outdoor public places should be the standard, showing young people that smoking is the exception rather than the rule.
It is hoped the move will also help educate parents about the impact of second-hand smoke on their children’s health.
The sites covered by the ban are Clipstone: Dodsley Way, Vicar Water Country Park play area. Hilcote Drive. Edwinstowe: Fourth Avenue.
As the ban is on a voluntary basis, it will rely on the goodwill of the people using the park and be supported by effective signage. Local schools have been involved in the scheme by being asked to design posters with a stop smoking message. The best posters have been made into signs and have been erected at parks across the district to highlight the voluntary ban.