East Dunbartonshire parks to be smoke-free

Friday 21st June 2019

Parks in Bearsden and Milngavie have been designated smoke-free following a project involving a range of public sector partners and 200 primary school children.

Kids worked with the East Dunbartonshire Tobacco Alliance to draw up signs encouraging their elders not to smoke at parks in areas including Auchinairn, Lennoxtown and Torrance.

East Dunbartonshire health and social care partnership (HSCP), East Dunbartonshire council and Greater Glasgow & Clyde NHS board are all part of the Alliance, as well as the police and the fire brigade.

Pupils from Killermont, Mosshead and St. Nicholas' primary schools in Bearsden and Clober primary in Milngavie learnt about the harms of smoking before designing posters for the parks.

The winning anti-smoking design will soon feature on 18 green spaces across Bearsden and Milngavie, urging adults to “keep our playpark smoke-free”.

Susan Manion, head of East Dunbartonshire HSCP said: “We are proud to support the smoke free play parks initiative that supports children having a clean, safe and smoke free environment in which to play. By reducing children's exposure to tobacco smoke, we hope that in time smoking will no longer be seen as a ‘normal’ activity in today's society.”

Andrew Polson, joint leader of the local council, helped unveil the new signs.

He said: “The aim of this project, working with older pupils in primary schools is to create a culture now and for the future that recognises the harm that smoking can do. It's about trying to provide clean air spaces for all and promote healthy lifestyles.”

"Children want to enjoy the outdoors in the fresh air. The signage they have designed is a reminder to grown-ups to help them do that by keeping harmful smoke out of the picture."


Picture: Joint council leader Andrew Polson with pupils from St. Nicholas' Primary