As the national crackdown on public smoking has been taking shape over the last few years Don't smoke kidsfor places like pubs, it looks like one village in Anglesey will become the first “smoke-free” area in Wales.

Although not legally enforced, Llanfairpwll has had signs erected that are urging people to bin the cigarettes when they’re out and about. Abiding by it is completely voluntary and is the choice of the smoker whether they light up in public or not.

The first place where this scheme started was at Ysgol Llanfairpwll on Tuesday (8th of April). Smokers are now advised against smoking near the entrances to pubs and shops and general community facilities.

Anglesey Council are hoping that the implementation of this scheme will be found elsewhere throughout Britain for the near future.

It would be fair to say that so far reception has been mixed to the new scheme with one person reacting negatively by saying: “What a pointless exercise. So if you smoke you can’t smoke inside pubs or public buildings. Wales want to ban ecigs from public places. You won’t be able to smoke in cars with children in.” On the other side of the coin, many people have reacting positively towards the plan like this person who stated: “I think it’s a good initiative. Smoking is harmful, not just to those who smoke themselves, but to all those around them. As a resident in the village myself, some gentle reminders that smoke isn’t what non-smokers want to inhale when in public places, is a good thing.”

Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) are fully behind the pioneering campaign with a spokesperson saying: “Outdoor public places in Llanfairpwll will now be more pleasant environments for everyone, especially children and young people, free from the harm of second-hand smoke and cigarette litter.

“It also adds to the changing culture that is slowly but surely getting stronger that smoking is not a normal, harmless activity, but a deadly addiction that kills one in two of its long-term users.”

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