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RBC further pledges to make play parks smoke-free

Last updated: 11/3/2024

Rushcliffe Borough Council (RBC) is further pledging to raise awareness that all of its play parks are smoke-free to further protect the health of children and residents from the dangers of secondhand smoke.

Signage at all of its 11 parks is in place so park visitors are even more aware of the need to not smoke in places where children play.

It’s part of the Council’s tobacco control action plan of health initiatives to support a smoke-free Borough which include keeping all play parks in the Borough and all its community events smoke-free zones.

RBC is a strong advocate for no smoking and this National No Smoking Day (March 13), the authority is helping to raise awareness of the health benefits of giving up smoking and signposting residents to further support.

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Population Health Management

RBC has partnered with Rushcliffe Primary Care Network to create a Population Health Management Calendar and each month focuses on a health category and promotes services available to anyone. Find out more on the Rushcliffe PCN website.

To further address the dangers of smoking, RBC signed the Nottinghamshire County and Nottingham City Declaration on Tobacco Control which encourages partners across public and private organisations to commit to taking action on smoking.

As part of the declaration RBC is working to improve the health of its workforce and make a positive contribution to the local community which includes working with health partners to drive awareness, education and action for a healthier smoke-free community.

The declaration follows the Government’s ambition to make England smokefree by 2030, tackle inequalities in smoking prevalence and protect future generations from the harms of smoking, which is one of the biggest causes of death and illness in the UK.

Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Wellbeing, ICT and Member Development Cllr Jonathan Wheeler said: “We’re keeping our play parks a smoke-free environment to help protect children and adults from the significant health risks from smoking and secondhand smoke.

“This No Smoking Day we want to help raise awareness of the benefits of quitting smoking and the free services and support available to help those looking to stop. 

“We all know that quitting smoking improves physical health, but it’s also proven to boost your mental health and wellbeing too. It can help to improve mood, help relieve stress, anxiety and depression.

“We’re pleased to have signed the local declaration which strengthens our commitment to help reduce smoking within our workforce and across the Borough.

“We have a detailed action plan that we are regularly monitoring and we’re continuing to work closely with our health partners to raise awareness of the dangers of smoking and ensure residents and our workforce can be signposted to free smoke-free information and services.”