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County Durham Tobacco Control Alliance supports a range of local and national campaigns.


Stop Smoking Service within the Community

County Durham and Darlington NHS Stop Smoking Service

Quitting smoking can be difficult, so why not make it easier, with County Durham and Darlington NHS Stop Smoking Services? They will help you find your routes to quit.

Get in touch and a friendly, experienced team of stop smoking advisers and specialists will give you advice, support and encouragement to stop smoking for good. The team, some of whom are ex-smokers themselves, has helped 50,000 local people to stop smoking over the last 12 years.

Everyone is different so there are different support options available including:

  • Motivational tips on how to stay on track. 
  • The chance to use a carbon monoxide monitor, to see your recovery in action. 
  • A choice of support to fit your lifestyle. 
  • Prescription stop smoking medicines to help beat cravings, from nicotine patches and gum, to nasal sprays, inhalators and tablets.

You can choose to come to drop-ins, groups or one to one sessions. Sessions are already established in your local community and are held in GP practices, leisure centres, libraries, community centres, work places, hospitals, pharmacies and children’s centres.

Contact the NHS County Durham and Darlington Stop Smoking Service on 0800 0113 405 to find out where your local sessions are held today.


No Smoking Day

Every March, the alliance supports National No Smoking Day.


Recent activity included The Durham Wildcats, the country’s newest professional basketball team joining the Alliance in supporting national No Smoking Day the theme of which was ‘take the leap’.


Dave Elderkin, Head Coach of the Wildcats said: “Every time the Wildcats take to the basketball court they leap to score points, but this week they are encouraging other people to take the leap to a healthier lifestyle.


“As professional sportsmen, the Wildcats are very much aware of the health risks associated with smoking so are very keen to show their support for No Smoking Day.”


Dianne Woodall Public Health Portfolio Lead Tobacco Control said:
“No Smoking Day is a great opportunity to start your leap to becoming a non smoker. The best way forward with this is to make contact with your local Stop Smoking Service in County Durham. The service has more choices, more flexibility and more ways to stop, so get in touch today.”


Illicit Tobacco – Get some answers

Alliance partners are working together to help keep illegal tobacco out of our communities.


Illegal tobacco products are cigarettes or hand-rolling tobacco that have been smuggled, bootlegged or are counterfeit. Cheap, unregulated cigarettes keep people smoking and encourage them to smoke more, cheaply. Children are at particular risk from illegal tobacco dealers, putting them at risk of taking up a harmful addiction.


The Keep It Out” campaign is part of the North of England Tackling Illegal Tobacco for Better Health Programme. It aims to continue to reduce the demand for illegal tobacco and encourage members of the public to report illegal tobacco sales to Crimestoppers.


‘Get Some Answers’, the first phase of the campaign, saw an increase in the amount of intelligence received by Trading Standards, with illegal tobacco being seized across the region.


Last year, a local County Durham family was successfully prosecuted for their part in the sale of thousands of illicit cigarettes.


Following community concerns in the Willington area, Durham County Councils Trading Standard’s team and Crook Neighbourhood Policing team mounted a joint operation to target offenders, which culminated in a joint raid of five premises, the arrest of five people and the seizure of more than 11,500 illegal cigarettes and 6 kilos of illegal rolling tobacco valued at £5,200. Subsequent proceeds of crime action taken against the defendants resulted in the seizure of assets including the proceeds from the sale of a house.

More recently, 3 people have been arrested following an investigation targeting the illegal supply of cigarettes. In June 2013, Police and Durham County Council Trading Standards officers executed warrants at two houses in Horden and one in Peterlee.

More than 2,500 cigarettes, 122 packets of tobacco, £3,500 cash and a car valued at £12,000 were seized.
Sergeant Jim Peel, of Peterlee neighbourhood policing team, said: “We would like to thank the community for their continued support in providing intelligence in relation to this type of crime, and urge anyone with further information to contact us directly via 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers.”

Joanne Waller, head of the council’s environmental health and consumer services department, said: “This work is another shining example of how the police and Durham County Council are working in partnership to tackle the problems that the supply of illicit tobacco brings into our communities.

“In addition to the criminality associated with this type of large scale supply, it also undermines the work of the health services who are encouraging smokers to quit.

“This is just one in a series of joint operations with the police and we will continue to use every tool at our disposal to stamp out the illicit tobacco trade in County Durham.”

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