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Struggling to quite smoking? Help is now at hand
10:30am Tuesday 13th August 2013 in News
THERE is good news for Alcester residents who have tried, or are trying, to give up smoking.
Warwickshire County Council has become the first county council in the country to sign up to a Declaration on Tobacco Control.
It has committed its full support to the declaration which aims to help people stop smoking and raise the profile of the harm caused by smoking.
Dr John Linanne, the council’s director of public health, said: “In Warwickshire every year there are 800 preventable deaths as a result of smoking.
“Every year there are 1,200 babies born in Warwickshire who have effectively already been smoking for nine months.
“We were clearly disappointed that the Government recently made the decision to delay bringing an end to the ‘attractive’ packaging and branding of cigarettes by introducing plain packaging legislation on the basis of needing more evidence.
“But people can be reassured that here in Warwickshire we will be doing all we can to tackle smoking and its causes.
Councillor Izzi Seccombe, chairman of the Warwickshire Health and Wellbeing Board, which committed its full support, added: “Smoking continues to have a large impact on the health of our county, but not only the medical health, also the financial health.”
There is a free stop smoking service for any residents wishing to quit or who find themselves struggling to quit.
For help and advice, call 0800 0852917 or visit smokefreewarwickshire.org.
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