Smoking beach ban in Brighton?
The local authority is weighing-up whether or not to hold a consultation on a proposal (could this sentence get any more vague?) to make outdoor public spaces cig-free. Anti-smoking campaigners say that people should be able to sit on the beach without breathing in second-hand smoke... skin-cancer is enough to deal with, thank you very much.
This consultation could see all smoking banned in parks as well, if the 12-week consultation period is approved by Brighton and Hove City Council tomorrow.
Deborah Arnott, chief executive of health charity Action on Smoking and Health, reckons that this will be good for the environment, as well as everyone's health: "A growing number of local authorities and other organisations are exploring ways of providing more smoke-free public places in response to public demand."
"Football grounds and railway stations are already smoke-free, and increasingly children's play areas are going smoke-free too. Smoke-free beaches could provide a safe and pleasant environment, particularly for children, but also for adults who want to avoid exposure to second-hand smoke, as well as reducing the amount of cigarette butt litter on beaches which doesn't degrade quickly and is harmful to wildlife."
And, of course, from this October, smoking in cars that have children in them, will be banned in England too.