Children helped with smoking signs

Millie McNeil
Millie McNeil
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Smoke free signs designed by artistic youngsters are going up across South Holland as part of a new smoke-free code.

Last year South Holland District Council asked local children to get creative and design signs urging people not to smoke in play areas and entrances to schools and nurseries.

Just under 200 entries were received and the four winners each collected an Ipad Air 2 for their efforts.

To mark the launch of the signs, the council’s environmental health team took a trip to Spalding Parish Primary School this week.

The team met one of the competition winners, eight-year-old Millie McNeil, and presented her with a cake featuring her design, and also handed out special flags to pupils featuring the winning signs which they could colour in.

Coun Malcolm Chandler, the council’s portfolio holder for environmental health, gave a presentation on the dangers of passive smoking as did team members Craig Fowler and Gary Stanley, who dressed up as menacing cigarette ‘big cig’.

Coun Chandler said: “It was great to meet the pupils and we hope they enjoyed our presentation and found it informative.

“We are committed to developing healthier communities and believe that children will be less likely to become smokers themselves if adults do not smoke around them.

“We hope the scheme will also lead to less smoking-related litter and result in our residents having pride in South Holland.”

The smoke free code has been introduced following a public consultation in which the vast majority of respondents fully supported the idea.

For more information on the smoke free code visit www.sholland.gov.uk