Residents and organisations are being reminded that they only have until Tuesday March 31 to have their say in a Nottinghamshire County Council consultation on a proposed new model for tackling tobacco harm in the county.
In Nottinghamshire, almost one in five (18.4 per cent) of adults smoke, it’s estimated that around 2,500 children (aged 11-15) start smoking every year, and smoking causes around 1,300 smoking related deaths every year.
The council is now looking at a new model for addressing tobacco control services with a joint focus on preventing people from starting to smoke, and on helping existing smokers to quit.
The proposed new services will aim to prevent people, particularly young people from starting to smoke, protect people and communities from tobacco related harm, provide universal ‘stop smoking’ services that deliver provide the best chance of quitting and provide targeted stop smoking services where needed for priority groups.
As part of the consultation, Nottinghamshire County Council is asking residents, organisations and stakeholders to give their opinion on how the county delivers tobacco control services for adults and children.
Councillor Joyce Bosnjak, chair of the Nottinghamshire health and wellbeing board said: “The number of smokers in Nottinghamshire is coming down, but smoking, and tobacco related harm is a huge public health issue for the county.
“We have a vision of a smokefree future, and to achieve that we need to continue to work across all areas of tobacco control to reduce the impact of tobacco use.
“Every year we help thousands of smokers to kick the habit, but it’s also vitally important that we are preventing the next generation from starting smoking in the first place, and protect our communities from tobacco related harm, including from criminal activity surrounding illegal tobacco.
“I would encourage as many people as possible to respond to the consultation questionnaire or attend one of the events.”
The consultation which has been running since Monday, 5 January 2015 closes on Tuesday 31 March 2015.
Individuals or organisations can respond to the consultation by going online at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/tobacco-consultation and filling in the online form or by downloading the form online and returning it in the post to the address provided.
You can also respond by picking up a copy of the consultation documents which are available in any Nottinghamshire County Council library.