Cornwall pledges to become smoke free

The Local Government Declaration of Tobacco Control to reduce the harm caused by smoking has been signed by leaders at Cornwall Council today (2 September) so that Cornwall can take steps to become ‘smoke free’ and help improve people’s health across the region.

Smoking is the leading cause of death in Cornwall, with around 1,000 smoke related deaths recorded every year. The signing of this Declaration will support the Cornwall Council public health team’s aims to reduce the amount of people who take up smoking, make smoke free places the norm and help people who want to stop smoking.

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The Declaration is designed to be a clear and visible way for organisations to show their commitment to helping smokers to quit and to providing smokefree environments which support them. It has been endorsed by the former Public Health Minister Steve Brine MP and the Chief Executives of NHS England and Public Health England. Over 100 other Local Authorities have already signed up to it.

Cornwall Council Leader Julian German said: “This is a very important step for us to take as anything that helps us to reinforce the message about the risks associated with smoking is vital in improving the health of residents.”

“We will be building on the services already offered which in the previous year have allowed over 5,000 people to agree a quit date with the Stop Smoking Service, which is a higher rate than any other Local Authority area in the South West region. This is still not enough though and we want to support even more people to quit.”

Now that the Declaration has been signed, the Smokefree Cornwall Tobacco Control Alliance, made up of partners such as NHS Trusts, Public Health, Trading Standards and Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service, will be updating their strategy and action plan to reduce the number of people who smoke in Cornwall.

The signing of the Declaration also supports the Public Health team’s campaign that will be launched in 2 weeks time that will encourage people who smoke to think about quitting or switching to vape.

The campaign will ask people, if they can’t quit for themselves ,then to think about their loved ones, for example, you may be about to become a parent or a grandparent so there will never be a better time to kick the habit.

For more information and help on quitting then visit the Healthy Cornwall website.