Playground smoking ban pioneered in Donegal now implemented countrywide


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82 per cent of local authorities have banned smoking from children's playgrounds, according to a new report.

The Institute of Public Health has found that 26 of the country's 31 city and county councils have introduced smoke free playgrounds. Donegal County Council was the first to do so in 2010.

A new law, banning people from smoking in cars carrying children, was introduced in January of this year.

Director of Policy at Public Health in Ireland Helen McEvoy, says anti-smoking laws are hugely beneficial to the overall health of children..............

Fiona Boyle, a Smoking Cessation Advisor with the HSE in Donegal was centrally involved in the first Smoke Free Playground project.

She's been outlining how the idea came about.................