Council bosses in Eastbourne say they have no plans to introduce a smoking ban on the town’s beaches – despite councillors in Brighton exploring the possibility of barring people from lighting up.
Smoking could be banned at Brighton and Hove’s parks and beaches, according to a new report by the council’s health and wellbeing board.
There is already a voluntary ban on smoking in 42 children’s play areas in the city.
But a spokesman for Eastbourne Borough Council said: “Our Quality Coast winning beaches are popular with both residents and visitors, and we currently have no plans to introduce a smoking ban on them.”
A national smoking ban on workplaces and enclosed public areas was introduced in July 2007, and in October this year tobacco-smoking in cars carrying children will also be outlawed in England.
Smoking is the primary cause of premature death and preventable illness in the UK and is attributed to more than 80,000 deaths a year.
Cynthia Lyons, East Sussex County Council acting director of public health, said: “Second-hand smoke can harm our health and contains over 4,000 chemicals, some of which are known to cause cancer.
“Exposure to other people smoking can also increase the desirability and accessibility of smoking to young people. We commission stop smoking services from GP practices and community pharmacies as well as specialist stop smoking services in order to support people to improve their own health and the health of those around them by stopping smoking.
“The specialist service, provided by Quit51, offers telephone advice, one-to-one support and group sessions in order to support service users to stop smoking. Advisors are trained and registered by the National Centre for Smoking Cessation ad Training, and sessions are available across East Sussex at various times throughout the week in order to meet the different needs of service users.
“Individuals can sign up to the service by calling 0800 622 6968, texting smokefree to 66777 or signing up online at www.quit51.co.uk.”
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