Key figures join forces to help save North Lincolnshire lives

A woman smoker.
A woman smoker.

The leader of North Lincolnshire Council, Director of Public Health, and others have agreed to work together to help residents stop smoking and lead healthier lives.

Sadly, over 600 North Lincolnshire children begin smoking every year – many will become lifelong addicted smokers.

Five influential figures will, tomorrow (Thursday June 5), at the LivingWell event at the Angel in Brigg, sign a declaration on tobacco control that commits them to work to reduce the harm caused by smoking.

They are: Councillor Liz Redfern, leader, North Lincolnshire Council; Coun Rob Waltham, chair of the council’s Health and Wellbeing Board; Simon Driver, Chief Executive, North Lincolnshire Council; Frances Cunning, Director of Public Health; and Young Mayor Alex Noakes.

The Declaration includes a number of specific commitments that enable the council to lead on tobacco control to:

Reduce smoking among residents and minimise health inequalities

Develop plans with partners and local communities

Support Government action at national level

Protect tobacco control work from the commercial and vested interests of the tobacco industry

The LivingWell event is open to the public (10am to 4pm). It takes place at three locations on Thursday 5 June – The Angel, The Buttercross and Market Place in Brigg. You can find out about a range of initiatives to help improve your health. These include: physical activity, stopping smoking, health trainers, dental education, walking your way to health, health checks and lots more.

Coun Redfern said: “Smoking cuts lives short and damages families. It takes money out of the pockets of those who can’t afford it and reduces massively the length our residents lives.

“The Declaration is a statement about our dedication to raising awareness in our local communities about the harm caused by smoking.”

Frances Cunning, Director, Public Health, said: “We are committed to tackling smoking and helping those that want to kick the habit and provide the necessary support they need to make that all important decision to give up and stay smoke free.”

Hazel Cheeseman, Acting Director of Policy and Campaigns of health charity ASH, said: “Tackling tobacco can transform lives and communities, reduce inequalities and put cash back in the pockets of those who need it most. We’re delighted that North Lincolnshire Council has joined over a third of top-tier councils across England in signing the Declaration and committing to reduce the harm caused by smoking.”