Wales: Smoking banned on sidelines of children’s sports pitches

05 June 2019

A pilot banning parents from smoking on the sidelines at children’s sports games has been launched in part of Wales.

The Smokefree Sports campaign, being run by Action on Smoking Health Wales and the Football Association of Wales (FAW) Trust, aims to reduce children’s exposure to secondhand smoke and de-normalise the habit.

The ban is being trialled at Rhondda and District Football League’s mini and junior football games, as well as at South Wales Women’s and Girl’s League games in the Rhondda area.

The Rhondda district has some of the highest smoking rates in Wales – with 20% of the adult population being smokers.

Caroline Spanton, head of football development at the FAW Trust, says: ‘If we can prevent children from seeing smoking as the norm, it could make a real difference.’

If successful, the idea could be rolled out to youth football teams across Wales.

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