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Action Plan

The County Durham Tobacco Control Action Plan was approved by the County Durham Health Improvement Partnership in October 2013.


The plan is a five year interim plan from 2013 to 2017 that aspires to reduce smoking prevalence each year by 1%. The County Durham Tobacco Control Action Plan supports two of the County Durham Strategies.

  • Sustainable Communities Strategy
  • Joint Health and Well-being Strategy
    Safer Communities Strategy

The Smokefree Tobacco Control Alliance for County Durham brings together partners from across the county to work together to implement action locally. It will use the Clear Thinking approach as a driver. The alliance is joint chaired by Councillor Audrey Laing, Support Member for Councillor Lucy Hovvels (Safer & Healthier Communities) Durham County Council and Anna Lynch Director of Public Health County Durham.


The alliance must deliver on all key strands.

  1. Developing infrastructure, skills and capacity at local level and influencing national action.
  2. Reducing exposure to second hand smoke
  3. Helping Smokers to quit
  4. Media communications and social marketing
  5. Reducing the availability of tobacco products and reducing supply of tobacco
  6. Reducing the promotion of tobacco
  7. Tobacco Regulation
  8. Research, Monitoring and evaluation

    Partners signed up to the alliance:
    Durham County Council
    County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
    North Durham CCG
    Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield CCG
    Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
    County Durham Health Networks
    County Durham AAPs
    County Durham and Darlington Fire Service