Smoking is everyone's business. As well as its toll on illness and cost to business, it is a leading cause of accidents, fires and environmental pollution.
That's why councils, trade unions, voluntary groups, businesses and charities are all increasingly playing a key role in trying to reduce the harm caused by tobacco.
There are 12 Tobacco Alliances in the North East - these are local partnerships within local authority boundaries working on effective local activity to reduce smoking rates and tackle health inequalities. These include a wide range of members, from trading standards and environmental health to fire and rescue, education, health staff, childrens' services, as well as elected members.
Fresh offers support to the alliances and co-ordinates the Smoke Free North
East network, cascading information on key international, national and regional tobacco control initiatives, as well as providing Alliances with a Toolkit to help form action plans. All Alliances report on a quarterly basis to the North East Tobacco Control Partnership.
See the latest minutes and agendas for the Smoke Free North East Network (password protected)
Fresh is not responsible for the maintenance of local alliance web pages and any queries about local work should be directed to the relevant contact listed for that area.