It’s two years since all Sefton’s 60 play areas became smokefree and the Council is celebrating the success of the voluntary no smoking code with a Mayoral visit during Stoptober.

Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Kevin Cluskey, officially launched the smokefree play areas in 2012 during his Mayoral year and was delighted to celebrate their anniversary two years on during his present year in office.

The Mayor said: “It’s a real privilege to be in office again to celebrate the success of the smokefree play areas. The no smoking code was introduced to deter children from taking up smoking so it is very fitting that we are reminding residents of the smokefree areas during Stoptober.”

Pupils from Bedford Primary School in Bootle celebrated the launch with the Mayor in 2012 so it was fitting that Year 2 Pupils joined him on the anniversary.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Schools, Families and Leisure and Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board, said: “Children learn their behaviour from adults and by reducing their exposure to smoking we can also decrease the number of young people taking up this highly addictive habit and ensure they live smokefree, healthy lives.

“A smokefree code has also helped reduce the amount of cigarette litter in these play areas and make them a nicer and safer place for children and local wildlife.”

Sefton Council is using Stoptober to encourage residents to stop smoking – not just in parks but to quit completely during October. Quitting is the single most important thing a person can do for their health and that of their family, and people are four times more like to quit with the help of SUPPORT- the local stop smoking service.

For more information, call Healthy Sefton on 0300 100 1000, alternatively you can get regular stop smoking and service updates by following SUPPORT on Twitter @SeftonSUPPORT or find them onFacebook. Stoptober information can be found by visiting