In an attempt to make London one of the healthiest cites, proposals to make it illegal to smoke in London’s parks have been put forward to the Mayor, Boris Johnson.
The proposed smoke free places include Trafalgar Square, Parliament Square and the Royal Parks.
If the plans go ahead, Bois Johnson could use his Mayoral influences to create bylaws to enforce the ban.
The mayor aims to persuade some of the 1.2 million smokers to stub out the addiction.
It comes after he set up an independent inquiry with the London Health Commission last year. The commission is under the power of Lord Darzi, a surgeon and ex-Labour health minister.
At the moment it is just a proposal, the Mayor may not act on the advice given. He has said ‘If we were to consider a ban…it would actually have to save lives.
It is time for London to have that debate. London Live’s Alison Earle reports from Trafalgar Square, a potential smoke-free zone.
Evening Standard Health Editor Ross Lydall joins us in the studio to discuss what he describes as the 'most radical report' to come out of City Hall in the past decade. Would potential mayoral candidate Tessa Jowell be prepared to force through the ban if she took the reins?
Alison Earle reports from City Hall with an update and some opinions from Londoners.
On Headline London, Rory Broomfield from the Freedom Association said the ban, which could cost up to £6.5 million, would be a waste of tax payers’ money. But Charlie Cooper, health editor of the Independent, said the cost of smoking to the NHS is already ‘astronomical’ and anything that can reduce it is a good thing.