Nottingham City Council working to ‘protect young children from smoking’

Nottingham City Council is working to ‘protect the cities young children from the harmful effects of smoking’.

A decade on from 2007’s controversial smoking ban and 27% of Nottingham city residents currently smoke, a figure that is higher than the national average.

And with 22% of households with children allowing smoking within the home the City Council says it is working to protect the cities young children from its harmful effects.

Public Health Consultant at Nottingham City Council Rachel Sokal says the Council wants to create smoke free environments for children.

“It’s also about the culture and the normalisation of people smoking.”

“We are doing a particular amount of work around protecting young children from smoking, and from the harms of smoking,” she said

“That includes supporting pregnant women who might be smokers to try and quit smoking at a very difficult time and obviously those with small children as well.

“We are also working in schools, and generally around where children play to support people not to smoke and have those as smoke free environments.”

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“It’s not about restricting peoples choice and there ability to smoke.”

Rachel added: “It’s also about the culture and the normalisation of people smoking, part of protecting children from smoking isn’t just the direct prevention of them inhaling smoke.

“It’s also protecting them from seeing that smoking and thinking that that’s an okay behaviour to have, and that that doesn’t have harms to your health.

“It’s not about restricting peoples choice and there ability to smoke, but it is about protecting harm from others.” 

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