Smokefree Summer is a campaign that aims to protect everyone from the harm caused by smoking and tobacco by increasing the number of healthy smokefree family events, and family friendly public places.
We have a range of resources available to help make your event a 'smokefree' success - and raise awareness of the importance of a smokefree environment.
Who is involved?
Wirral Council and local stop smoking service ABL Wirral are supporting event organisers to make sure each Smokefree Summer event is successful.
What are we trying to achieve?
The aim of the campaign is to increase acceptance and support of smokefree events whilst educating smokers and non-smokers about the benefits of healthy smokefree community spaces. By promoting smokefree healthy community family-friendly events across Wirral, we hope to make it easier for kids to not start smoking and suppoprt adults to stop.
What are the benefits of my event going smokefree?
It will help you position your event as a healthy, family friendly space: By taking part in Smokefree Summer your event will appeal to families and children clearly showing that you take the wellbeing of the people attending seriously and that you are committing to a healthy community space that everyone can enjoy.
You will be protecting everyone from the dangers of smoking: Smokefree Summer is about helping children and young people to understand that smoking isn’t a normal activity (less than one in five people smoke nationally), and creating a space for everyone to take part in healthy, positive behaviour.
Less litter: Cigarette butts are the most common form of litter on parks and beaches and puts children, pets and wildlife at risk. Cigarettes are made of plastic cellulose acetate, and may take as much as 18 months to decompose in the environment. Clearing up cigarette butts cost local councils millions of pounds a year.
Who is Smokefree Summer for?
Smokefree Summer benefits everyone. However the main people we are trying to reach will be parents and carers of children and young people in Wirral that may smoke or be susceptible to smoking. This is why the events that are part of Smokefree Summer are family themed and child friendly.
Will smokefree events make any difference to children and young people?
There is strong evidence that children and young people use adults as role models. This campaign aims to reduce the exposure of children to smoking behaviour of adults, helping break the link of children becoming smokers because their parents, family members or other adult role models smoke. This will help children and young people to understand that smoking isn’t a normal activity, because if you are surrounded by smokers it can be hard to realise that actually less than 1 in 5 of the population smoke.
Will smokefree events make any difference to existing smokers?
The main objective of this campaign is to reduce the exposure of children to smoking behaviour of adults. However there is evidence that restrictions on smoking, including outdoors can lead to less adults smoking.
If I hold a smokefree summer event, what support will I receive?
We can help by supplying posters, logos, support with promotion and advice.
Who should I speak to if I have any more questions?
Smokefree events this year include:
- July 27: Party in the Park, Birkenhead Park.
- July 29: Birthday Party, Central Park Walled Garden.
- July 30: Outdoor Church Service, Ashton Park, West Kirby.
- August 1: Family fun day Park Road East, Birkenhead.
- August 3: Messy Play, Walled Garden, Central Park, Wallasey.
- August 5: Luke Campbell Challenge 5&10k, Wirral Country Park, Thurstaston.
- August 11: Radio City Breakfast LIVE, The Dips New Brighton.
- August 23: Viking Mile, Birkenhead Park.
- August 26: Fun in the Park, Dawstone Park, Heswall.
- August 28: Hoylake RNLI Open Day, Hoylake Promenade.
- September 8: Wirral Earth Festival, St. Bridget's Church, West Kirby.
- September 9: CharlotteFest 2017, Vale Park, New Brighton.
- September 9&10: Birkenhead Eisteddfod Centenary, Wirral Hospital School, Birkenhead.
- October 8&9: Wirral Oxjam, Wallasey
- October 28: New 'Frighton,' 5km & 10km Fun Run.
- October 31: Halloween at the Walled Garden, Central Park, Wallasey.