Wiltshire Council proud to be smokefree
We are proud to be smokefree. We know there will be a transition period for staff and the public but we are determined to promote our hubs as more welcoming environments for visitorsWiltshire Council cabinet member for public health, Jerry Wickham
Wiltshire Council's three main hubs are now smokefree.
As of today (13 March), the public and council staff will not be able to smoke on the grounds or associated car parks of Bourne Hill in Salisbury, County Hall in Trowbridge and Monkton Park in Chippenham.
With today also being National No Smoking day 2019, it seemed the perfect opportunity to make these new arrangements and encourage people who smoke to use this as an opportunity to quit for good if they want to.
Each hub has clear signage to notify people of the new arrangements.
Vaping is permitted by the public outside, but they are requested to do so away from main entrances, windows and be mindful of other people using the sites.
The council's intention is then to make its other sites smokefree during 2019-20.
Wiltshire Council cabinet member for public health, Jerry Wickham said: "We are proud to be smokefree. We know there will be a transition period for staff and the public but we are determined to promote our hubs as more welcoming environments for visitors.
"We also hope this might encourage people to reduce their smoking or even quit for good if they can. We know it's a big challenge to give up but we have plenty of support to help people on their way to becoming smokefree."
Smoking remains the primary cause of preventable illness and premature deaths in the UK and is significantly associated with diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), various forms of cancer, coronary heart disease and stroke. Exposure to second-hand smoke is also known to increase the risk of these conditions and contributes to serious illnesses among children, such as asthma. Smoking is the biggest single cause of inequalities in death rates between the rich and poor and it contributes to more 600 premature deaths in Wiltshire per year.
Useful information and support can also be found on the council's smoking support pages.
This year's National No Smoking Day 2019's theme is ‘Today is the day'. More information can be found online.