Shire of Murray teams up with South Metro Health Service to help keep playgrounds 'smoke-free'

The butt stops here: Shire of Murray president Cr. David Bolt, South Metropolitan Health Service health promotion officer Corinne Hunt and Shire of Murray coordinator sport and recreation at South Yunderup's Adventurescape playground. Photo: Supplied.
The butt stops here: Shire of Murray president Cr. David Bolt, South Metropolitan Health Service health promotion officer Corinne Hunt and Shire of Murray coordinator sport and recreation at South Yunderup's Adventurescape playground. Photo: Supplied.

Shire of Murray and South Metropolitan Health Service are working together to keep the Shire's parks and playgrounds smoke-free for the local community.

Playgrounds across the Shire will be monitored by the South Metropolitan Health Service (SMHS) to identify where smoking may be occurring.

Under WA Tobacco laws, smoking is not permitted within 10 metres of children's play equipment in outdoor public places.

According to Shire oresident Cr. David Bolt, the project is identified in the Shire of Murray's Health and Wellbeing Plan, which promotes safe and healthy community environments.

'We appreciate SMHS support, which has allowed us to bring the project to fruition," Cr Bolt said.

SMHS manager health promotion Richard Crane said: "The most effective way to protect the community from adverse health risks associated with second-hand smoke is to provide a smoke free environment".

"Tobacco smoke contains more than 7000 chemicals, including over 70 cancer causing agents. There is no safe level of exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke," he said.

"Creating smoke-free parks and playgrounds can help provide a supportive environment for those who have quit and protects children and young people from exposure and visible smoking behaviour."

For advice and support to help quit smoking visit: health.gov.au/health-topics/smoking-and-tobacco/how-to-quit-smoking.