A Conservative politician is calling for the smoking ban in Scotland to be extended to cover playgrounds and outdoor sports venues. Rachael Hamilton says smoking in playgrounds and sports fields should be banned.
Rachael Hamilton, MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh & Berwickshire, says “children should not be put at risk of second-hand smoke inhalation when they are using a public play park”.
The Welsh government introduced a similar move in 2017. Smoking in public places like bars, pubs and restaurants has been banned in Scotland since 2005. England and Wales followed suit a year later.
The Borders MSP lodged a parliamentary motion saying the change would improve public health.
She said: “I believe Parliament should be given a chance to consider my proposals to see smoking banned in play parks. In my motion, I have proposed extending this even further to include other outdoor areas. However, I am happy to listen to the debate in Parliament about what and what not this should include.”
“In my opinion, children should not be put at risk of second-hand smoke inhalation when they are using a public play park. These areas should be safe, fun and inclusive places and not for smoking. The smoking ban in 2006 greatly reduced second-hand smoke exposure from 85% of people in 2003 to 24% now, and I believe my proposal would help this drop to continue.”
“I am grateful for my MSP colleagues for their support of this motion so far and I look forward to debating this after the summer recess.”