Hampshire County Council outlined its vision for a smokefree generation on 23 January at an event attended by a wide range of partners from the Hampshire Tobacco Alliance. The event was an opportunity to develop joint plans aimed at reducing overall rates of smoking in Hampshire, with a particular focus on young people, pregnant women and those living in areas of deprivation.
Councillor Patricia Stallard, Executive Member for Public Health at the Local Authority, said,
With smoking still the biggest cause of preventable deaths in the UK, we are committed to helping those who live in areas where smoking rates are highest, as well as other vulnerable groups, young people and pregnant women for whom the effects of smoking can have long-lasting effects.
The work will focus on prevention with young people, promoting smoke free communities and helping smokers to quit over the next three years, as part of the Hampshire Tobacco Control Strategy 2018-21.
Stop smoking advisors, district councils, community nursing staff, acute trusts and mental health services, housing officers, trading standards, community safety teams, youth workers, voluntary organisations and others joined the workshop which presented key findings about smoking in schools, the latest information on the efficacy of e-cigarettes and how to get involved in activity to reduce smoking or prevent young people from starting.
Free stop smoking support is available in Hampshire from NHS Quit4life and statistics have shown that quitters are up to four times more likely to succeed with expert support.
The local authority has produced specialist smokefreeme resources to help schools develop a whole school approach to smoking, including smoke free policy development, lesson plans and teaching resources for primary and secondary pupils and, where appropriate, the promotion of stop smoking support.