Sabden pupils leading way on anti-smoking

SMOKE FREE: Sabden Primary School pupil Toby Greenhalgh (10) and classmates bidding to stop adults smoking in the children's play area with Coun. Ricky Newmark, Peter Pendlebury, Chris Hughes and Antony Haworth.
SMOKE FREE: Sabden Primary School pupil Toby Greenhalgh (10) and classmates bidding to stop adults smoking in the children's play area with Coun. Ricky Newmark, Peter Pendlebury, Chris Hughes and Antony Haworth.

Sabden youngsters are leading the fight to stop adults smoking in playgrounds across the Ribble Valley.

Pupils from Sabden Primary School created artwork to encourage smokers to stub out their cigarettes in play areas.

The classmates have jumped on board the campaign to “make smoking history for children” which has been created by Ribble Valley Borough Council.

Signs made by pupils and artwork by Toby Greenhalgh will be erected at public play areas throughout the borough as part of a voluntary smoking ban.

Robert Thompson, of Ribble Valley Borough Council’s Community Committee, said: “Most people don’t want children to start smoking in the first place and children learn a lot through imitation.

“We are keen to protect children from second-hand smoke and are, therefore, politely asking people not to smoke in our play areas.”

Peter Pendlebury, of Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Through this scheme we hope to discourage young people from taking up smoking and protect them from starting something that could ultimately kill them. When parents take their smoking away from children, it sends a strong message that smoking is not acceptable. Most parents don’t want their children to smoke and want to take steps to protect them. This is part of an NHS campaign to make smoking history for children.”