Spring 2022 sees the relaunch of Smokefree pledge

Posted on Monday 30th May 2022

Martin Lever - In sky blue NHS Uniform

The Local Government Declaration on Tobacco Control is a statement of a council’s commitment to ensure tobacco control is part of mainstream public health work and commits councils to taking comprehensive action to address the harm from smoking. Since it was launched in May 2013, over 120 councils across the country have signed the Declaration.

The Declaration and Pledge have been updated in light of the Government’s Smokefree 2030 ambition and the tobacco commitments in the NHS Long Term Plan.

All current pledge and declaration signatories will remain signatories to the updated documents, meaning no additional action is required. However, the relaunch offers current signatories an opportunity to reflect, reprioritise and reset sights on tobacco control ahead of the publication of a new tobacco control plan for and as we move closer to the 2030 objective.

Blackpool Council’s Smokefree activity currently includes:

  • Commissioning a community smoking cessation service with free nicotine replacement therapy

  • Working closely with and supporting partners around inpatient and maternity smoking cessation

  • Funding a smoking cessation app called ‘My Quit Route’

  • Focused work around enforcement and illicit tobacco/underage sales

  • Starting conversations with major organisations in Blackpool to introduce Smokefree areas in places which are deemed family friendly

  • Working with schools in regards to vaping via PSHE support for staff, along with surveying children & young people around vape/e-cig use in order to focus work further

  • Reshaping our Smokefree at Blackpool Council policy and procedures

Councillor Jo Farrell – Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Community Health and Wellbeing said:

“While smoking rates are at an all-time low, it is still our country’s biggest preventable killer.

“Stopping smoking can be very challenging. But when you have access to the right support, you are up to three times more likely to succeed. There is a wide range of support and services here in Blackpool available to help residents quit for life. 

“The NHS Smokefree Pledge supports the bold ambitions set out in our new Tobacco Control Plan. Pushing for a smoke free generation is a goal we are completely committed to.” 

Supporting resources have been updated to help new signatories to sign and implement the declaration and pledge and includes ideas for existing signatories to renew and publicise their commitment. 

Information about the available support and services for Blackpool residents can be found online at: www.healthierblackpool.co.uk/Smokefree

Posted on Monday 30th May 2022

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