Bristol has become the first UK city to ban smoking in outdoor public places, with signs having been put up in Millennium Square and Anchor Square advertising the new movement.
61% of the local people were in favour of the ban, which is acting as a pilot that possibly spread to the rest of the UK.
The project was spearheaded by Kirsty Vass of Smokefree South West, a 33 year old woman who was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease last year after over a decade of smoking. She decided to do something about her lifestyle whilst also campaigning to improve the health of other people.
Similar projects have already been successful in New York, Hong Kong and Toronto, creating a smoke-free environment for the non-smoking public to enjoy without the risks of taking in second-hand smoke.
E-cigarettes have yet to be included in the ban, and emit fewer harmful chemicals than regular cigarettes. Regular cigarettes are becoming banned in more and more public places, meaning that a switch to e-cigarettes may be a good idea if you wish to continue your nicotine intake while out and about. Head to our online shop for the best ecig disposables, rechargeables, refills, chargers and e-liquids.