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Tobacco Control

BEDFORD BOROUGH SHOWS ITS COMMITMENT TOWARDS TOBACCO CONTROL

 

On Monday 9 February, Bedford Borough Council signed up to the Local Government Declaration on Tobacco Control.

 

Cllr Colleen Atkins, Executive Member for Adults’ Services and Community Wellbeing at Bedford Borough Council, said: “Signing the Local Government Declaration on Tobacco Control is a response to the enormous harm smoking causes to our society. We are committed to ensuring tobacco control is part of mainstream public health work. Not only does smoking cut short lives, it damages local communities and economies.”

 

 Hazel Cheeseman, Director of Policy for Action on Smoking and Health (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 Bedford Borough Council have joined councils across England in signing the Declaration and committing to reduce the harm caused by smoking.”

 

There is a strong consensus on tobacco control. Everything contained in the Declaration is also strongly supported by the wider public health community including The Trading Standards Association, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and the Association of Directors of Public Health as well as Public Health England, the Public Health Minister and Chief Medical Officer.

 

If you would like more information and advice relating to giving up smoking call the team at Bedford Borough’s Stop Smoking service on 0800 013 0553 (option 2).

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