Plan re­vealed to help smok­ers stub it out

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EMMA CURRY

APLAN to cut smok­ing rates across Lan­cashire to 12 per cent by 2022 has been ap­proved.

The Lan­cashire To­bacco Con­trol Plan, which was agreed by the county coun­cil’s cab­i­net, sets out mea­sures to build on the work that has been de­liv­ered so far to en­cour­age peo­ple to quit smok­ing.

It high­lights how Lan­cashire will sup­port the na­tional tar­get of work­ing to­wards a smoke-free gen­er­a­tion.

County coun­cil­lor Shaun Turner, lead mem­ber for health and adult ser­vices, said: “Smok­ing is one of the ma­jor fac­tors that con­trib­utes to the huge health in­equal­i­ties across our county.

“It leads to thou­sands of pre­ma­ture deaths and causes peo­ple to live in ill health for many years. In fi­nan­cial terms, the costs as­so­ci­ated with it are astro­nom­i­cal, too.

“The costs of smok­ing to Lan­cashire’s econ­omy are over £291m each year, in­clud­ing £50m to the NHS.

“We’ve been suc­cess­ful in re­duc­ing smok­ing rates down to 16pc, but we need to build on this.

“The mea­sures set out in the to­bacco con­trol plan will help us cut smok­ing rates to 12pc by 2022.”

The coun­cil will com­mis­sion new dig­i­tal ser­vices to en­cour­age peo­ple to quit and will car­ry­ing out more tar­geted work to en­cour­age spe­cific groups to quit, such as preg­nant women.

The coun­cil will con­tinue to sup­port peo­ple in quit­ting smok­ing by us­ing nico­tine prod­ucts and e-cig­a­rettes.

Coun Turner added: “We’re con­tin­u­ing to com­mis­sion our Quit Squad stop smok­ing ser­vices to re­duce smok­ing rates.

“We’ll also con­tinue clamp­ing down on un­der­age to­bacco, e-cig­a­rette liq­uids and il­licit to­bacco sales. We’re also bring­ing in new mea­sures, such as in­creas­ing the use of dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy to help peo­ple quit, and sup­port­ing the use of e-cig­a­rettes as an al­ter­na­tive to help peo­ple stop smok­ing.

“To­gether with work to tar­get spe­cific groups where smok­ing rates are par­tic­u­larly high, we hope to achieve our aim to make Lan­cashire’s next gen­er­a­tion a smoke free gen­er­a­tion.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about the To­bacco Con­trol Plan for Lan­cashire, visit coun­cil. lan­cashire.gov.uk/ ielist­doc­u­ments.

The Lan­cashire To­bacco Con­trol Plan aims to cut smok­ing rates to 12 per cent

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