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Pupils' plea to make playgrounds smoke free

The Stoptober stop smoking campaign may well be nearly over, but Fenland pupils are still encouraging residents to bin their cigarettes.

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No smoking posters designed by children from three local primary schools are on display at parks and playgrounds across the district asking people not to light up where children play.

The colourful designs were created as part of a school poster competition, organised by Fenland District Council as part of its Tidy Fenland campaign to tackle environmental issues.

Youngsters at Orchards Primary in Wisbech, Westwood Primary in March and Park Lane in Whittlesey were asked to design posters which would encourage people to respect gated play areas, with messages around no smoking, as well as no littering and no dog fouling.

The competition proved popular, with hundreds of pupils getting involved. There was one no smoking poster winner at Westwood, one at Orchards and two joint winners at Park Lane. The winners were presented with certificates and their designs were made up into large boards and put on display in 17 different locations across Fenland.

Councillor Mike Cornwell, Fenland District Council's Portfolio Holder for Communities, said: "Getting children involved in our efforts to stop smoking in children's play areas has been a great success. The posters have made a big difference and really encouraged people to make a conscious effort about being smoke free in those areas.

"I also ask all smokers to stop smoking around children, especially in our children's play areas. If you want to stop smoking and need help please contact CamQuit on 0800 018 4304 or visit CamQuit online."

Article added: October 27, 2017