Knowsley Council supports World No Tobacco Day (31 May) and commits to the Local Government Declaration
Knowsley Council has joined local authorities across England and signed the Local Government Declaration on Tobacco Control. The Declaration commits the council to co-ordinated action to cut smoking rates and tobacco use in the local community.
The Declaration was approved at the Council meeting and was proposed by Cllr Ron Round, Leader of Knowsley Council.
Amongst other measures, signing the Declaration commits the council to acting to reduce smoking prevalence and health inequalities, participate in local and regional networks and protect tobacco control work from the commercial and vested interests of the tobacco industry.
Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health in Knowsley said “Helping our residents to quit smoking is a priority for the council. Stopping smoking has a wealth of benefits – general improvement in your overall health, helping to prevent a range of illnesses including lung cancer, as well as a huge financial saving.”
“It is vital that we work together with our partners on a co-ordinated local plan for tobacco control and address the rising toll of preventable death and disease that smoking still causes.”
“We have a range of support available in Knowsley to help people to quit - online and mobile support is available through www.readytostopsmoking.co.uk, as well as one-to-one and group support through Smoke Free Knowsley – call 0800 915 5959.”
This year, on World No Tobacco Day on Saturday, 31 May, the World Health Organisation is calling on countries to raise taxes on tobacco. Research shows that higher taxes are especially effective in reducing tobacco use among lower-income groups and in preventing young people from starting to smoke.