Llanfairpwll Becomes The First Smoke-free Village In Europe

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Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, which is known for having the longest word for a place in the whole world, is a North Wales village and community on the little island of Anglesey.

The little village is now making another big claim to stardom, to be the EU’s first smoke-free village. The scheme was launched by Ynys Môn AM, Rhun ap Iorwerth, in Ysgol Llanfairpwll at 2.30pm on Tuesday, April 8th. Local residents and visitors to the village were informed not to light up outside any public place and welcomed the initiative with a warmly manner.

The health and well-being officer for the island of Anglesey, Mrs Luned Edwards said, “It won’t be policed, but it’s hoped that local residents will be behind the scheme and also visitors to the area, to ensure that the signs are respected.”

“We’ll need a gradual cultural change, which will take time, but we’re confident this can be achieved given such strong local support.”

Keep your eyes peeled for the launch of smoke-free spaces campaigns on the 30th May where councils across Wales will be asked to sign a smoke-free charter.

It will also contribute towards reducing the environmental impact. Throughout Wales, the estimated cost of street cleaning for smoking related litter at this moment in time is £25.8 million per year.

The scheme will be supported by ASH Wales, the Welsh Government and the local council of Anglesey, but don’t forget the residents will also be supporting the scheme.

Do you think this should be done in other places as well? What’s your opinion on this?

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