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A compelling case for joint action on tobacco use and smoking in Blackpool. Andrea Crossfield, Director Tobacco Free Futures. Action to cut smoking rates & reduce tobacco use should be top of the agenda for health collaboratives.

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a compelling case for joint action on tobacco use and smoking in blackpool

A compelling case for joint action on tobacco use and smoking in Blackpool

Andrea Crossfield, Director

Tobacco Free Futures

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Action to cut smoking rates &reduce tobacco use should be topof the agenda for health collaboratives

  • Smoking harms your communities & costs c400 lives1 and c£56m2 a year in Blackpool
  • We need to maintain momentum as public health migrates to local authorities
  • This isn't an intractable problem -we can make a real & lasting difference

1 Association of Public Health Observatories Health Profiles

2 ‘Cough Up’ report economic modelling, Policy Exchange 2010

smoking is the greatest cause of health inequalities beginning in childhood
Smoking is the greatest cause of health inequalities, beginning in childhood

The poorest are twice as likely to smoke as the richest

Children start smoking, not adults: 90% of smokers start before age 19

References:1. Smoking Attitudes & Behaviours, ONS 2011 2. Dr Susan Woods, The Liverpool Longitudinal Study on Smoking : Experiences, beliefs and behaviour of adolescents in Secondary School (2002-2006), Liverpool John Moores University, August 2008

smoking public opinion yougov 2011
Smoking & public opinion(YouGov 2011)

References:1. yougov, 2011

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Local authorities have a significant& growing role to play in reducingthe harms & costs of tobacco use
  • Presently LA responsibilities include enforcement on:
  • Age-of-sale
  • 'Smokefree' places
  • Smuggled & counterfeit tobacco
  • Advertising ban
  • From 2013, local authorities will also have the responsibility to commission services to encourage & support smokers to quit
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By working together we cantackle harms caused by tobacco: e.g. reducing childhood addiction

  • Smoking rates in NW at age 14 halved from 2009 to 2011 (down from 18% to 9%)1
  • But still 50% higher than national rate (9% in latest Smoking, Drinking and Drugs young people survey2)
  • Smoking at age 15 also down in North West1, but again still 33% higher than national figure

1 Trading Standards North West young people alcohol and tobacco surveys 2009 & 2011

2 NHS Information Centre 2011

by working together we can tackle the harms caused by tobacco e g more smokefree places
By working together we can tacklethe harms caused by tobacco:e.g. more smokefree places
by working together we can tackle the harms caused by tobacco e g more smokefree places1
By working together we can tacklethe harms caused by tobacco:e.g. more smokefree places
  • Smoking ban in many public places successful and popular (as YouGov data shows)
  • We are working on legal advice to inform discussion on going further locally (e.g. playgrounds, sports grounds)
  • Tobacco Free Futures and partners working to reduce harms of second hand smoke e.g. Take 7 Steps Out www.take7stepsout.co.uk/
  • It even got mentioned recently in Corrie!
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By working together we can tacklethe harms caused by tobacco:e.g. activity to tackle illicit tobacco
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By working together we can tacklethe harms caused by tobacco:e.g. activity to tackle illicit tobacco

  • Smokers admitting that they buy illegal tobacco is down from 19% to 17%
  • Amongst 16 to 24 year olds fall is greater – down from 28% to 23%
  • Market volume decreased by 11% at a time when smokers classified as ‘struggling financially’ increased from 20% to 25% - researchers expected economic hardship to push up demand

Source: NEMs market research 2009 & 2011

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By working together we can tacklethe harms caused by tobacco:e.g. activity to tackle illicit tobacco

Published on Thursday 7 July 2011 08:03

A MAJOR crackdown has been launched on peddlers of illegal tobacco in Blackpool.

Police and trading standards officers have raided homes and seized thousands of illegal cigarettes.

The latest came in Grange Park where two pensioners are suspected of being involved in a supply ring. Fears are growing contraband and counterfeit tobacco is flooding into the town and ending up in the hands of smokers and children.

so what can we do to maintain joint work in this area
So…what can we do to maintain joint work in this area?
  • Ensure that tackling tobacco harm is high priority (e.g. through Joint Health & Wellbeing Strategies & JSNAs)
  • Discuss what’s being done or needs to be done locally with your portfolio leads (health, children’s, community safety etc)
  • Consider local action – licensing, more smokefree places, uplifting existing campaigns (e.g. Take 7 Steps Out, illicit tobacco)
  • What else?
any questions and further information
Any questions? – and further information
  • Andrea Crossfield

andrea.crossfield@tobaccofreefutures.org

www.tobaccofreefutures.org