MIRTH Anti-cig coun­cil told to butt out

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A SEA­SIDE coun­cil has been ac­cused of be­hav­ing like a “nanny state” af­ter re­veal­ing plans to ban out­door smok­ing from pub­lic parks.

Of­fi­cials in Black­pool want to erect signs at the en­trances to 13 parks and play­ing fields in the re­sort ad­vis­ing the pub­lic the ar­eas are now “smoke free” sites.

Cam­paign­ers fear the move might lead to a new by-law which could fine any­body caught lighting up as they take a stroll out­side.

Con­ser­va­tive coun­cil­lor Henry Mitchell, a mem­ber of Black­pool Coun­cil’s health com­mit­tee, said: “This de­ci­sion smacks of com­mon sense hav­ing gone out of the win­dow.

“I don’t smoke, but I can re­spect the fact other peo­ple do and while I recog­nise we need to pre­vent young peo­ple from smok­ing. I think this re­ally is go­ing too far.”

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