For the avoidance of doubt: there is no smoking ban in the Vrijbroekpark. All visitors will be courteously asked to not cigarette more on to cross out the two smoking areas (to the visitor center and tavern ’t Park). Watchmen will smokers also appeal on their behavior. Not for them, fine, but to the measure to explain. “Come here annually tens of thousands of children play. We are calling on the adults to set a good example to give. We come from a generation for whom smoking is normal, but that is not the case”, says deputy Jan De Haes (N-VA).Planckendael
Marc Michils, ceo of Kom op tegen Kanker, applauds the decision. “See smoke, do smoke,” he acknowledges. Previously got also been the Zoo, Planckendael, the Bloso domain in Hofstade and the football stadiums of Anderlecht and Club Brugge in Generation Throughout. “The idea is that children no longer come into contact with smoke to tobacco so on a generation time from the society.”
this is Important, because a third of the annual 40,000 cases of cancer in our country is a result of smoking. According to him, to give smokers also due to Generation Throughout. “Because the great majority there are called the the importance of recognize. Only a very very small minority see it as an infringement on their freedom.”Less butts
For the province of Antwerp is going to have a test with the view to extending the campaign to other provincial areas. “That we are less cigarette butts to clean up, and that there are in a year, quite a few, it is a nice side effect,” says De Haes.
Mechels kinderburgemeester Jaan Roelens (10) is already a fan. “The smoke stinks really hard, everywhere cigarette butts lie is not fun.” He speaks from experience. “At my football club Sporting are parents sometimes to smoke on the edge of the field and are the butts up on the turf.”Line too many
The smokers that we Monday, on the terrace of the Vrijbroekhof to have their opinion asked, find Generation Throughout a less fun idea. “That you do not smoke on the playground, okay, but here don't bother I have no children? I might in the future or somewhere else,” says an elderly man, his name, does not want to call because “those of us” not know that he still smokes after his heart attack.
Papa Sven is the action a rule too much. “I must say that I my butts always forage, because they are really bad for the environment.”