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Festival goes smokefree as Greater Manchester aims to make smoking history

13 August 2018

4 members of the smokefree summer team. This year’s Rochdale Feel Good Festival will make its Family Zone smokefree for the first time. 

Smokefree events are being held across Greater Manchester this summer as areas consider creating more permanent smokefree outdoor areas. 

This year's Rochdale Feel Good Festival, which takes place on Saturday, 18 August 2018, will have plenty of information to support families to make healthy lifestyle choices for their family.

The Esplanade in front of Rochdale Town Hall will be transformed into a Festival Square for youngsters and their families between 11am-5pm, with free activities and shows.

‘We must take steps forward like this to set a good example for children’

Anyone who enters the Family Zone is asked to refrain from smoking or vaping to keep the air clear.

Andrea Fallon, our director of public health, said: 

“We are delighted that the festival’s family zone will be smokefree this summer. Smoking remains a huge public health concern, both for smokers and those around them. We must take steps forward like this to set a good example for children, who we want to prevent from becoming smokers.”

While some people mistakenly believe there is no harm in smoking outside, studies show that cigarettes smoked outdoors can cause harm to people sitting nearby, such as increasing the severity of asthma attacks in children. Children are also more likely to smoke themselves if they see adults smoking.

Most people in Greater Manchester support the idea of more smokefree outdoor spaces in playgrounds, doorways and areas close to schools and nurseries. 

Families will be able to visit the smokefree summer stall to learn about the benefits of smokefree environments. 

Sarah Price, Executive Lead for Population Health at Commissioning at Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, said: 

“We see Smokefree Summer events as an opportunity for people to enjoy temporary smokefree spaces, and better understand the value of more permanent smokefree zones. Our ambition is to Make Smoking History within a generation. We will support and encourage a third of Greater Manchester’s smokers – 115,000 people - to give up by 2021, and we’re doing that with a range of initiatives including more access to stop smoking support, running campaigns and considering new legislation.”