Little Haven Becomes Wales First Smoke Free Beach
Little Haven beach in Pembrokeshire has become Wales first smoke free beach. A voluntary ban, which includes the use of e-cigarettes, was introduced to mark National No Smoking Day. Restrictions will apply for a 12-month trial period as council staff assess the impact of the ban. Thirty-five pupils from nearby Broad Haven will take part in the launch, the number chosen to reflect the approximate number of children who take up smoking in Wales every day.
Environment cabinet minister Huw George, said: “We know children are at particular risk from second-hand smoke and that they are more likely to start smoking themselves if they see adults doing it in a family-friendly environment. It is vital to de-normalise smoking to reduce the rates of young people taking it up and also to reduce their exposure to smoke and e-cigarette vapour in areas where they gather.”
Statistics suggest that two thirds of smokers start before the age of 18, while children are more likely to take up the habit if they witness it in a family setting. A survey by YouGov in 2015 for ASH Wales revealed that 54% of Welsh adults now believe that smoking should be banned in communal recreational spaces such as parks and beaches. Today also sees a ban on smoking in the grounds of hospitals across Northern Ireland come into force.