Would you like smoking banned in all outdoor spaces?
We're wondering what you think about what's happening in Bristol, where 2 city squares have become Britain's first major public outdoor spaces to go smoke-free.
The change, initiated as a pilot by Smokefree South West, is voluntary (no one polices it; instead, there are lots of signs asking people not to smoke) but Smokefree South West's director Fiona Andrews says, "We hope it will have a lasting impact. These city centre squares are often full of children playing and this pilot will provide a smoke-free environment for kids and their families to enjoy."
But smokers' groups have already criticised the move, with Simon Clark, director of Forest, saying, "Extending public smoking bans to outdoor areas is illiberal and unwarranted. Smoking in the open-air harms no-one apart, perhaps, from the consumer and that's their choice. Smokers… must be allowed to light up somewhere without harassment."
What do you think? Would you like public spaces to be smoke-free? Would it make a difference to you and your children?
Or do you think this kind of scheme is unnecessary and just makes life difficult for smokers?