Council’s pledge to reduce smoking in East Lindsey

Councillor Doreen Stephenson, Leader of the Council, signs the tobacco declaration in the presence of Portfolio Holder for Communities, Councillor Sandra Harrison. EMN-141209-104748001

Councillor Doreen Stephenson, Leader of the Council, signs the tobacco declaration in the presence of Portfolio Holder for Communities, Councillor Sandra Harrison. EMN-141209-104748001

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On behalf of East Lindsey District Council, the Council’s Leader, Councillor Doreen Stephenson, has signed a pledge to help reduce the number of residents taking up and continuing to smoke in East Lindsey.

The Local Government Declaration on Tobacco Control urges local authorities to work with partners to develop plans to tackle the causes and impacts of tobacco use.

Councillor Stephenson said: “By signing this declaration the Council is clear that we will actively support our partner organisations to raise the profile of the harm caused by smoking and help to address the reasons why so many young people take up smoking.

“When people stop smoking it has huge benefits for their whole family – not only in terms of the health benefits and longer life expectancy, but also in terms of significantly increasing household income.”

The declaration has been endorsed by the Department for Health and Public Health England and signatories also include East Lindsey District Council’s Chief Executive, Stuart Davy, and the Director of Public Health in Lincolnshire, Tony Hill.

The Council is a member of the ‘Smokefree Action Coalition’, the alliance of organisations working to reduce the harm caused by tobacco.