Two thirds of Scottish people support ban of smoking in playgrounds

Smoking in a car.
Smoking in a car.

The results of a recent survey have shown that the majority of people in Scotland think smoking should be banned in playgrounds.

Many would also welcome other outdoor smoke free places too, according to the new research.

The independent research commissioned by the Pharmacy2U Online Doctor service found that two thirds (66 per cent) of those from Scotland back bans in playgrounds, with many in favour of restrictions in outdoor restaurants (49 per cent) and public parks (40 per cent). One in five (19 per cent) said they would travel further to visit a smoke free beach.

Dr Nitin Shori, Medical Director of the Pharmacy2U Online Doctor service and a working NHS GP, said: “There does appear to be public support more smoking restrictions – particularly where children are likely to be playing. Some parents worry about the impact of breathing in second-hand smoke, while others can be concerned about the litter aspect.”

He added: “The popularity of smoking has been on a downward trend since the risks became more widely understood in the 1970s. Smoking is still a major cause of preventable disease and premature deaths in Britain, so health worries tend to be a big driver for patients who decide to quit.

“Its addictive nature means it can be a tough habit to break and although some succeed through willpower alone, others find nicotine replacement or prescription medication is helpful.”