I don't know. I know the law says that it's fine as long as it is 20m from the entrance to the shops, but I encounter people smoking in or right next to the PWP parks at least once a week at our local shops. It's a pretty safe bet that there are going to be children there and it takes a while to get them out of the car, pram up and down, shopping in. I know many playgrounds are now smoke free. Thinking about talking to centre management because it's also semi-enclosed.
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31-10-2013 16:19 #1
Is it okay to smoke in the Parents with Prams parks?
31-10-2013 16:25 #2
I think it would be nice if smokers had some consideration for others and smoked away from areas frequented by people.
I don't think smoking in a car park should be allowed at all, especially not in underground or semi-enclosed ones.
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31-10-2013 16:37 #3Senior Member
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Yes this frustrates me. I think smokers (some not all) should have a little more consideration. It's a sure bet that there will be kids in the vicinity.
I was once sitting outside a shopping centre with 8 week old DS in the pram and had to move twice because of smokers. There was plenty of room just a little further away and downwind but no, they had to come and stand within 2 metres of me. I have a real thing with second hand smoke. It's fine if you decide to smoke but don't make those of us who have decided not to smoke anyway.
31-10-2013 16:48 #4
If it's an underground car park I would think you can't smoke anywhere. If it's an outdoor one then I would assume its ok to smoke there providing it's far enough away from the center. Its inconsiderate to smoke there but I doubt its illegal. You could suggest to the center to make it a designated non smoking area, no harm in asking.
31-10-2013 16:52 #5
I don't think it would be illegal. But I definitely think it is inconsiderate! I am a smoker and I get really frustrated with some smokers. I try to avoid smoking in public but when I do smoke in public I make sure its away from others... I really hate seeing people smoking at the entrance of the shops in undercover parking areas... Like seriously you can't just wait two minutes until you get out of the undercover area or have a smoke before you get there????
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31-10-2013 18:30 #6
I encountered this today, it was terrible, the smell makes me feel physically sick I cant imagine how ds must feel. Though the worse by far wad the smoking outside the maternity hospital, yes they smoked away from the doors but they stopped just thr other side of thr brick wall, you had to walk right through cigarette central to get to the footpath
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31-10-2013 21:41 #7
im a smoker, I smoke in the parents with prams spot if im on my own with the kids after the are put in the car. Im considerate of others and will move to the other side of the car etc if someone is in the spot next to me
Id be judged more harshly if I was pushing the pram smoking.
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31-10-2013 22:09 #8
If it were up to me, smoking would be banned in all public spaces except for designated areas (which are away from thoroughfares, kids areas, etc). It should be inconvenient to smoke, not inconvenient to avoid smokers.
31-10-2013 22:30 #9
At our local shops the pram park is right at the front of the entrance where on the wall above the path there is a big no smoking sign yet everyone smokes there! I stopped parking there because I didn't like taking bub through a cloud of smoke and when I tried voicing my concerns on our local community Facebook page I was told that I was a bad mother for parking there and risking my child's health
01-11-2013 12:20 #10
Thanks guys - I was just wondering if I was being unreasonable. Might have a chat to centre management - who have just moved their office to just inside and near where the parks are - I doubt they leave their door open as the wind often blows the smoke straight through into the building.
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