Wiltshire Council to extend smoking ban

Wiltshire Council to extend smoking ban

Published by Faye Tryhorn with contributions by Local Democracy Reporter Julia Corbett at 5:46am 20th August 2019.

Lighting up a cigarette will be totally prohibited in and around more of the authority's sites within weeks.

Wiltshire Council offices at Bourne Hill in Salisbury, as well as others in Chippenham and Trowbridge, have been smoke free since March this year.

But from October that ban will be widened, and be introduced in and around libraries, leisure centres and council depots.

Smoking Quit Service
Lighting up soon won't be allowed around any Wiltshire Council building, following the success of a ban at offices like Salisbury's Bourne Hill

STUB OUT AROUND LIBRARIES FROM OCTOBER:

However vaping, which Public Health England say is 95% less harmful than smoking, will still be allowed.

It's believed that the amount of smokers in Wiltshire has fallen by nearly five percent since 2013, from 17.2 per cent of people down to 12.3 per cent.

Bourne Hill Wiltshire Council Wiltshire Police
Salisbury's Bourne Hill has been smoke-free since March 2019, and it's been proving successful

ALWAYS PLANNED TO EXTEND:

Wiltshire Council Portfolio Holder for Public Health, Ben Anderson, said:

"Although it's been a period of transition for our staff and those who use our premises, we are pleased with the response to our hub sites going smokefree.

"It was always our plan to extend this to the majority of our sites as we want to spread this positive health message as widely as possible.

"We know quitting is incredibly challenging, but we have expert support available for anyone who wants to take that step so I'd urge them to get in touch."

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