Smoke-free zones gather pace in parks but blanket bans seem unlikely

Councils weighing up the issue of smoking in parks have baulked at following the example of many US states that have outlawed cigarettes as well as e-cigarettes.

Several parks teams that pioneered smoking bans in British open spaces have said they will not extend the bans. Frisco in Texas was recently the latest US council to vote to outlaw smoking of "all materials", including e-cigarettes, in public parks.

London's Hackney Council has said one Clissold Park will become one of the first in the country to introduce smoke-free zones in all areas used by children - not just play areas. But it will not extend the ban to e-cigarettes in parks.

Blackpool Borough Council, which put up smoke-free signs in 13 parks and open spaces three years ago, said it has no plans for a blanket ban on all tobacco products. A representative pointed out: "The ban did not make smoking illegal but advised against lighting up in parks."

Newport City Council in Wales, which announced plans this January to ban smoking in 60 park playgrounds, said enforcement will have to be by self-regulation, not through fixed-penalty notices.

Parks consultant Sid Sullivan said: "A few years ago some park providers were clamouring to ban smoking, then reality quickly kicked in - the cost of enforcement pretty much extinguished that campaign.

"We have far more urgent spending needs that can show greater health benefits, such as increasing opportunities for exercise."

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

Sargent's Solutions: What is the difference between a head gardener and gardens manager? Part 2

Sargent's Solutions: What is the difference between a head gardener and gardens manager? Part 2

In the second of a two-part article, Alan Sargent looks at the functions of today's gardens manager.

Tractors - Maintenance models

Tractors - Maintenance models

The tractors chosen by professionals across the sector reflect the best features, backup and support on offer, says Sally Drury.

Horticulture education update - staying on course

Horticulture education update - staying on course

Raised levels of investment in horticulture education and increased student take-up is welcome news for the industry, says Rachel Anderson.

Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs
Horticulture Week Custodian Awards 2017 - the winners!

Find out more about the outstanding parks, gardens and arboricultural projects and teams that became our Custodian Award 2017 winners.

Contracts & Tenders

Products & Kit Resources