PARTS of Barnsley - including areas of the town centre - could become smoke-free after a report was submitted to Barnsley Council recommending the introduction of smoke-free zones. 

The report by senior public health officers outlines a planned initiative that will aim to introduce smoke-free zones in areas of the town centre, along with smoke-free play parks.

The long term aim would be to make all 24 main play parks in the town smoke-free.

Other suggestions for smoke-free zones include hospital grounds and school gates.

The smoke-free zones would be managed through a voluntary code and there would be no enforcement action. The report also proposes public consultation takes place.

Coun Jim Andrews, Cabinet spokesperson for Public Health, said: “Children and young people are influenced by adult behaviour and are less likely to start smoking if they do not view it as a normal part of everyday life. As smoking becomes less visible and less of a social norm it will reduce smoking uptake by children and young people.”

Coun Andrews added that as well as ensuring smoking becomes almost invisible to protect children’s health, smoke-free town centre zones would also contribute to creating a town that was attractive, safe and welcoming.