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
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.