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GATESHEAD BANS SMOKING FROM ALL COUNCIL SITES

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In the UK, around 120,000 people die from smoking related diseases every ...
In the UK, around 120,000 people die from smoking related diseases every

year - er 300 people each day. But Gateshead MBC is taking direct

action and from 1 May all council sites and premises will be smoking free

zones.

Smoking is still the biggest cause of premature death and avoidable ill

health in Gateshead. And it is an issue Gateshead Council wants to tackle

as part of its drive to improve the health of local residents.

So from 1 May, no smoking will be allowed on any council site. Visitors to

council premises and using council facilities will not be able to smoke and

the ban also extends to within the perimeters of those sites.

The move, to protect non-smokers and children from the risks of passive

smoking, is part of a national campaign to ban smoking in public places and

follows the recent move by the MetroCentre and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital

to turn their sites into smoke free zones.

Jan Parkinson is strategic director of human resources, the service

responsible for implementing the policy at Gateshead Council. She said:

'As a local authority, we need to set an example to other organisations in

Gateshead by restricting smoking on our sites. We're far more aware now of

the risks associated with passive smoking and will do what we can to reduce

the risks to others on a practical level as well as informing people about

the dangers of smoking.'

The ban is also extended to the council's licensed premises such as the

civic centre function suite and Gateshead Leisure Centre.

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