The Sun Is Out And So Are The Smokers!


As we all know this spell of beautiful weather is probably going to be short lived so we all want to make the most of it.

I love nothing more than heading to the park with the children to play in the sun.  Or even better a park with a lovely cafe adjacent so we can all relax and grab something to eat whilst we are there.

This is exactly what we did the other weekend only to have been completely put off by the plumes of smoke that engulfed us from the next table.

Since the smoking ban in enclosed public spaces in 2007 to reduce the affect of passive smoking there has been a drop in the number of people that smoke.  This is a great achievement and the move has been of monumental change for the better for so many reasons.  I now think this should be extended to smoking in outdoor children’s areas.

We as a family don’t smoke and I don’t see why I should take my children to play somewhere that they have to share someone else’s secondhand smoke.  

I completely understand that smoking is a personal choice and that the effect on others outside is greatly reduced, but in areas that are set up for children it is unessesary and as well as the health implications it it not good role modelling in front of children.

We all try really hard to give our children the best starts in life, teaching them to eat well and exercise and normalising smoking which is one of the most damaging habits they can pick up is something we should all try to keep them away from.

What are your thought on this?

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16 thoughts on “The Sun Is Out And So Are The Smokers!

  1. This drives me mad! People who light up right next to a child or in children’s areas need a kick! There’s just no need for it. Smoke if you like, but don’t involve me or my child in your health choices. Get over there to the smoking area! #bigpinklink

  2. I totally agree, I absolutely hate smoking. It should be banned from all public outdoor areas, like parks, and outside pubs and cafes. We took our children to our local pub for lunch last week, and it’s a pub that’s completely set up for children and families. It was a lovely day, and we chose to eat outside-it was early and we were the only ones eating outside at the time. A man came outside, sat at the table next to us, and started smoking, I was so annoyed. The whole pub garden was empty, he could’ve sat anywhere, yet he chose to sit and do it next to 2 very small children!! So inconsiderate!!
    Thanks for linking to #bigpinklink

  3. I hate it too, you want to stop a nice cafe and sit outside for a drink and everyone is smoking. Wish they could have separate areas. One of my boys asked me the other week ‘what is that’ when they someone smoking. I tried to explain that it was something really bad for you, yukky etc. Hate it, what a bad example it is setting for our little ones xx #bigpinklink

  4. Funnily enough, we seemed to be surrounded by smokers out & about last week too! I do think the smoking ban has improved things a lot, and I know that actually the health risk of being occasionally near smokers in an open outdoor space is probably pretty low, but it is unpleasant. I have never been a smoker & would happily see it banned in outdoor public places too, but I’m sure people would make a lot of fuss. I think your suggestion of banned outdoors in areas that are for children would be a good idea though. As much as the actual smoke, I would really like smokers to stop dropping cigarettes all over the ground! It’s unsightly & little kids try to pick them up! Thanks for linking with #PasstheSauce

    1. So sorry this went into my spam and I’ve only just spotted it!
      Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the ban will become wider in the near future as we’re not alone in this hate for smokers impacting others! X

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