Bridgend county borough has become the latest local authority to keep smokers away from primary schools!
ASH Wales Cymru, the tobacco control charity, is running a campaign to make all primary school gates smokefree zones and the new policy was launched on Tuesday, February 14, at Garth Primary School, with all primary schools across the county following suit.
An ASH?Wales spokesperson said:?“Research shows young people are highly influenced by others smoking around them – those with a parent who smokes are 70 per cent more likely to take up the habit.”
ASH Wales Cymru, has been lobbying schools across Wales to ban smoking at their gates and has produced guidelines and signage to support schools wanting to take part.
Suzanne Cass, the chief executive of ASH Wales Cymru, said: “Smoking in areas which are created specifically for our young people sends them the completely incorrect message that tobacco is a harmless part of everyday life – rather than a deadly and addictive drug.
She continued, “We believe children and young people have a right to get an education, play and meet their friends in a clean, smokefree environment. Banning smoking at playgrounds and now school gates is a huge step in the right direction.”
Julie Thomas, the headteacher of Garth Primary School, said: “We were delighted to have been asked to host the launch of the ‘Smoke Free School Gates’ initiative on behalf of Bridgend schools.”
“At Garth Primary School, we are passionate about improving the health and well-being of our pupils.
"As a ‘Rights Respecting’ school, we recognise that is our responsibility to ensure that children are protected from harm.”