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Smokers targeted to improve health and cut litter
10:32am Monday 15th October 2012 in News
SMOKERS are being doubly targeted by two campaigns.
County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust is promising to get tough on people smoking around its hospitals – Darlington Memorial Hospital, Bishop Auckland Hospital, Chester-le-Street Community Hospital and the University Hospital of North Durham, in Durham City.
Foundation bosses launched their Fresher, Cleaner, Healthier, Greener campaign yesterday, six years after smoking was banned around hospitals.
NHS staff have been given guidance on approaching people who continue smoking around the hospital sites. Anyone caught smoking will be asked to stop or leave.
Meanwhile, Durham County Council neighbourhood wardens in Durham City are cracking down on smokers dropping cigarette butts.
Wardens will offer free cigarette stub pouches and remind smokers that littering can result in an £80 fine.
A week of action is planned, starting next Monday.