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Council Sign Anti-Smoking Declaration

Wednesday March 19 2014

BARNSLEY Council has signed a declaration which will see it commit to a raft of anti-smoking measures.

It is hoped the signing of the Local Government Declaration on Tobacco Control will see a dramatic increase in life expectancy if smoking is reduced.

More than a quarter of the town's adults smoke, with tobacco use being the single biggest preventable cause of ill health in Barnsley.

The revitalised Barnsley Tobacco Alliance will be responsible for stopping promotion of tobacco, making it less affordable and will help users quit.

A council report said: "We have higher rates of tobacco use in Barnsley than the regional and England average. The high numbers of women who continue to smoke during pregnancy is of considerable concern.

"A reduction in smoking across the borough will improve people's health, increase incomes if smokers quit, reduce costs of dealing with smoking-related fires and costs of cleaning up cigarettes."

Coun Chris Lamb, cabinet spokesperson for public health, said: "Smoking is still the biggest cause of premature death and disease locally with approximately 461 people dying in Barnsley each year due to smoking-related diseases.

"This declaration signals the council's commitment to taking strong action to reduce smoking."

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Reply Posted by sid on Wednesday March 19 2014 at 20:49
Hope the costs aren't coming out of our rates. All this will be is leaflets and posters I suspect. Smokers know its bad for their health,but It seems nigh on impossible to stop. Both my parents have had cancer,but they couldn't stop. Sorry to say that in my opinion no matter how much we throw at smokers its a case of personal strong will. Any money available would be better spent educating school kids about the evils of smoking because in my experience once someone is hooked its virtually impossible to fight the addiction. For those folk that have managed to quit, I respect you,sincerely.

Reply Posted by sid on Wednesday March 19 2014 at 22:06
Haha! Hope you've learned your lesson. Not noticed that you had put anything wrong I must say! Missed something there. Its all a bit of fun,no matter what our opinions are we can't change a thing. Its barmy really all the posting. Keeps some of us out a trouble. Haha.

Reply Posted by rainbow on Thursday March 20 2014 at 09:06
What's the position with all these electronic cigs that seem to be popping up everywhere. Is it OK to smoke them in public spaces.???