Have your say on proposals to tackle tobacco harm

Crackdown on illegal tobacco sales
Crackdown on illegal tobacco sales

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.