Tameside’s commitment to tackling tobacco
04 February 2015

Health bosses in Tameside are making a full pledge on Tobacco Control with the support of their partners on the Health and Wellbeing Board.
A declaration was signed by managers from Tameside Hospital, Pennine Care and Stockport NHS Foundation Trusts and NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group who are all committed to playing their part in reducing smoking in the area.

Nearly one in four adults in Tameside smoke which is higher than the national average. One in two smokers dies of a smoking-related disease and Tameside has one of the highest rates of smoking attributable deaths in the country. It is estimated that smoking costs the Tameside economy £68.1 million including from lost productivity, smoking related fires, street cleaning as well as costs to the NHS.

Tobacco use is the single biggest preventable cause of ill health in England, and in Tameside. Tobacco is the biggest modifiable factor in the high rates of premature death and cardiovascular disease in Tameside. Preventing children from starting to smoke, and helping smokers to quit are priorities in the Tameside Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2013-16.

Angela Hardman, Director of Public Health said: "We are committed to taking a lead in our local community to cut smoking rates and reduce the numbers of preventable deaths and disease that smoking causes. We know it's hard to give up smoking, but it's got massive benefits for individuals and communities. That's why we're signing up to this declaration as part of our contribution to helping local people lead healthier lives."

No matter how many times people have tried to quit, specialist one-to-one support is available from the Tameside NHS Stop Smoking team. Please contact them on 0161 716 2000 or visit https://stoptober.smokefree.nhs.uk/

For further information visit http://www.smokefreeaction.org.uk/

Note to Editors:

The NHS Statement of Support for Tobacco Control commits NHS organisations to:

-actively support local work to reduce smoking prevalence and health inequalities

- develop plans with partners and local communities

- play a role in tacking smoking through appropriate interventions such as ‘Make Every Contact Count’

- protect tobacco control work from the commercial and vested interests of the tobacco industry

- support Government action at national level

- participate in local and regional networks for support

- join the Smokefree Action Coalition (SFAC)