The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health has called for voluntary no smoking zones wherever children play or learn.
A YouGov survey commissioned by the CIEH found 89% of adults would support such a ban in children’s play areas and 57% one covering public parks.
A separate CIEH survey also found that 61% of environmental health managers thought their local authority would support the extension of no smoking policies to children’s play areas.
CIEH chief executive Anne Godfrey said: “It is abundantly clear that the vast majority of people would support restrictions on smoking in children’s play areas.
“We would like to see smoking being stubbed out wherever children play or learn. This would not only include children’s playgrounds but could see no smoking zones extended to public parks, zoos and theme parks.”
Jim McManus, director of public health at Hertfordshire CC, said local voluntary schemes had been “popular” and added: “It’s time to give parents what they are asking for.”