PUBLIC spaces in Craven and the rest of North Yorkhsire could be declared 'no-smoking zones'.

Organisations responsible for the upkeep of public areas are being encouraged to consider the move.

And funding is being made available to help.

North Yorkshire County Council is seeking to extend the number of public places where smoking is outlawed.

Its public health team has launched a Smokefree Places Fund, with grants available to bodies permitted to impose the ban.

Locations could include play areas or town or village squares.

Council bosses say the measure could help smokers stub out the habit, as well as set an example for children and reduce cigarette litter.

"Youngsters in particular consistently overestimate how many people smoke and therefore perceive it to be 'normal'," said County Councillor Caroline Dickinson, executive member for public health, prevention and supported housing.

"By increasing the number of smokefree places, we hope that adults will be positive role models for children and young people.

"A smokefree environment can also help to support those smokers who are trying to, or have recently, quit."

Applications to the fund close on December 1.

For more details and to apply, visit

The county council also funds a free stop-smoking service.

A range of support is offered, including clinics, drop-in sessions, nicotine replacement therapy and help from specialist advisors.

Visit, call 0800 2465215 or 01609 663023 or text QUIT to 66777 for further information.