Free family fun day to mark World No Tobacco Day

Celebrating with a free family fun day, the Fair Park in Bodmin will become smoke free to mark World No Tobacco Day (31 May).

The fun kicks off at 11am, finishes at 1pm and will feature a number of activities for everyone to enjoy, with a free bouncy castle and a treasure hunt.

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Also at the event will be:

  • Healthy Lifestyle stand with fun games and activities
  • Smoking cessation advisor and information stand
  • Trading Standards illegal tobacco awareness stand
  • Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service

For World No Tobacco Day this year there is a focus on the negative impact that tobacco has on people’s lung health, from cancer to chronic respiratory disease, as well as the fundamental role lungs play for the health and well-being of all people.

Steve Brown, Cornwall Council’s Interim Deputy Director of Public Health said: “A smoke free play park helps people live active, healthy lifestyles. 

“Children learn their behaviour from adults, so it’s essential that tobacco use is not seen as part of everyday life. We want to discourage smoking around children in our play areas, helping to reduce the number of young people who smoke and reduce litter in the park.”

Adults attending the event will be able to pick up information about stopping smoking as well as advice on alcohol and nutrition at the health promotion stand. Trading Standards will be explaining the effects of illegal tobacco on local communities and businesses, and Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service will be on hand with information about home fire safety and the chance to book free home fire safety checks.

Cornwall Council portfolio holder for environment and public protection Rob Nolan said: “Illegal tobacco, which is sold at pocket money prices and sold without any age checks, is one way in which young people can access tobacco. We are working with Public Health to create healthier environments where our children are protected from the harms of tobacco.

“If anyone holds any information concerning sales of illegal tobacco please email the details to report-it@cornwall.gov.uk or call Crime Stoppers on 0800 555111”

Research shows that children who live with smokers are at least twice as likely to become smokers themselves and that reducing child exposure to smoking decreases the uptake of smoking amongst young people in the long term. 

Children are also more likely than adults to begin smoking, with 65% of smokers having started before the age of 18. By reducing children’s exposure to smoking, parents can be a positive role model and help ensure children don’t regard smoking as normal.

Posted on 23 May