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Durham County Council unveils plan to reduce smoking
A NORTH-EAST council has pledged its support to reduce smoking to just five per cent of people.
Smoking causes 50 different conditions and costs the NHS £2.7bn to treat every year. In County Durham the annual cost of smoking is £27,934,868.
Councils are being encouraged to maximise local involvement by building tobacco control alliances.
The aim is to make smoking less desirable, accessible and affordable, resulting in improvements to health and reducing the number of smokers.
Councillor Lucy Hovvels, portfolio holder for safer and healthier communities at Durham County Council, said: “Along with the health benefits, stopping smoking can save the average smoker over £150 a month and up to £2,000 a year.
“I appreciate how difficult it is to stop smoking but the right support is available and this action plan will bring all of the relevant groups in County Durham together to take action and make a real difference to the county’s long term health benefits.”
Cabinet is being asked to approve the County Durham Control Alliance Plan for County Durham when it meets later this month. The aim is to have reduced the amount of people who smoke in the county to five per cent by 2030.