THE success of a scheme to reduce smoking prevalence across Barnsley has resulted in Doncaster Council replicating the project.

Breathe 2025 - Barnsley Council’s initiative - has seen massive strides taken towards creating a ‘smoke-free borough’ and latest figures show 82.6 per cent of over-18s in Barnsley do not smoke.

Prevalence has been cut from 24.4 per cent to 17.4 per cent in five years, according to a council report.

Coun Jim Andrews said: “It’s a significant fall and we’re continuing our campaign. We’re at 82.6 per cent and our next target is 84 per cent.”

Coun Sharon Howard added: “It’s a fantastic programme and Doncaster Council’s officers are working on a replica, so it just goes to show that we’re leading the way in Barnsley.”