Anyone spending time inside the play area fencing of Clissold Park in Hackney will now be unable to smoke after a local organisation introduced a new initiative.

Hackney Tobacco Control Alliance is the first park in the borough to undergo the change and, if successful, could lead to more parks being given the no-smoking treatment.

The Hackney Citizen reports that the park recently underwent a £9 million restoration project and now features not only a play area, but a skate park and multi-use games area.

Cllr Jonathan McShane, Hackney Council's cabinet member for community services, told the news provider that the new non-smoking rule comes at a good time.

"We are all well aware of the dangers of passive smoking and our children shouldn't have to be subjected to it," he explained.

"We know the majority of people wouldn't smoke around children but we are asking everybody to act responsibly and not smoke in these areas."

A smoking ban in workplaces and public places came into force in the UK on July 1st 2007.

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