Smoking is set to be banned in public spaces in Manchester including Piccadilly Gardens

People smoking in these places would be asked to move on or extinguish their cigarette, though there are currently no plans to fine punish those who do.

A public consultation in Manchester is due to start on the plans, with a decision expected to be reached in Autumn.

The proposals come after Manchester joined the Partnership of Healthy Cities – a worldwide group which seeks to tackle diseases like cancer and chronic lung disease. One of the requirements for membership is to have smoke-free outdoor spaces.

An estimated 5,000 people die from smoke-related diseases in Greater Manchester each year.

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