Farm visit prize for smoking campaign in Potters Bar

PUBLISHED: 06:04 09 March 2017

The serious health effects of smoking on the lungs have been known for decades

The serious health effects of smoking on the lungs have been known for decades

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Council chiefs keen to keep Potters Bar play areas and parks free of smoke have launched a competition to help spread their healthy message.

To mark No Smoking Day, Hertsmere Borough Council has asked arty youngsters up to age 11 in the borough to design a poster promoting a “voluntary ban” on lighting up in parks it owns.

The winning poster will appear in parks across the borough with contact details for the Hertfordshire Stop Smoking Service.

A spokeswoman said: “Breathing in second-hand smoke is particularly harmful for children. It can cause an increased risk of asthma, meningitis, respiratory conditions like bronchitis, coughs and colds, and cot death.”

Although smoking has fallen rapidly in Hertfordshire in recent years, �it is still the leading cause of death and disability, causing around 1,500 deaths in 2015 and estimated costs to the economy of �£288million.

The winning designer will enjoy a family ticket to Willows Activity Farm near London Colney.

For help stopping smoking, including advice about e-cigarettes, text SMOKEFREE to 80818, call 0800 389 3 998 or visit�www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/stopsmoking


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