Getting help in Doncaster district to quit smoking

Supporting the Local Government Declaration on Tobacco Control are (from left) Ros Jones (Mayor of Doncaster), Victor Joseph (consultant in Public Health), Jo Miller (chief executive).
Supporting the Local Government Declaration on Tobacco Control are (from left) Ros Jones (Mayor of Doncaster), Victor Joseph (consultant in Public Health), Jo Miller (chief executive).
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Doncaster Council has signed the Local Government Declaration on Tobacco Control in support of No Smoking Day on March 11.

The Local Government Declaration is a public commitment to prioritising tobacco control and reducing the harm caused by tobacco use in the local community.

It is in response to the on-going damage smoking does to our communities, a commitment to take action and a statement about the local authority’s dedication to protecting the community from the harm caused by smoking.

Doncaster Health and Wellbeing Board considered and agreed the adoption of Tobacco Declaration at its meeting in September 2014. The declaration has been signed by the Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones, chief executive Jo Miller and director of Public Health, Dr Tony Baxter.

Pictured supporting the Local Government Declaration on Tobacco Control are (from left) Ros Jones (Mayor of Doncaster), Victor Joseph (consultant in Public Health), Jo Miller (chief executive).

Ros Jones said: “Tobacco remains the biggest cause of premature death and contributes to half the difference in life expectancy between the rich and poor. Signing the Declaration sends a clear signal to the public, health professionals and the tobacco industry itself that local health policy in Doncaster will not be influenced by the vested interests of cigarette companies.”

More than 60,000 people (25.3 percent) are estimated to smoke in Doncaster and more than 1,900 people died from smoke related conditions between the years 2011-2013 in the town. There are 172,000 people aged 35 years and over admitted to hospital in Doncaster from smoking related causes each year. Smoking costs £88 million each year in the district.

In response, Doncaster Council has reviewed the approach to commissioning services to address smoking and has currently got a range of services in place. They include a social marking campaign to gain intelligence around smoking in the community and put in appropriate public health campaigns; stopping smoking services to help people who are smoking to quit including smoking in pregnancy as well as enforcement and education work with Trading Standards.

A new Doncaster stop smoking service was launched in September 2014. People who live or work in the authority can contact the Yorkshire Smokefree service for free expert advice, face to face, over the telephone or online, and stop smoking products to help them quit.

Yorkshire Smokefree have also opened a new stop smoking shop at 40 Scot Lane, in Doncaster town centre, so people can pop in to find help to quit smoking for good.

Cabinet Member Tony Corden “We know the idea of giving up smoking can be daunting, but the Yorkshire Smokefree service can help. People can get advice all year round over the phone, online or in person, whatever they feel more comfortable with.”

Call Yorkshire Smokefree on 0800 612 0011(free from landlines), 0330 660 1166 (free from mobiles) or visit www.yorkshiresmokefree.nhs.uk website.