Smoke Free Newcastle is a group of people representing statutory and voluntary organisations in the city who are working together to tackle tobacco in our community. This alliance is coordinated by Newcastle City Council. Members include public protection, trading standards and environmental health officers, health professionals, voluntary organisations, local councillors, Your Homes Newcastle and the Fire Service. Smoke Free Newcastle has a comprehensive action plan to tackle tobacco issues and carries out a wide range of activities each year to do this. Through its action Smoke Free Newcastle hopes that;
- the health of people living or working in the city will be improved,
- the number of residents smoking reduces,
- the number of residents exposed to secondhand smoke indoors reduces
- health inequalities will be reduced.
The alliance meets four times a year to plan action and report back on progress. The minutes of meetings are available on this site.
The Smoke Free Newcastle Plan
Smoke Free Newcastle’s current work has 8 main strands which are based on the best available evidence of what works to reduce smoking among the population. Its action plan includes targets for each strand. Progress is measured quarterly.
In brief the 8 strands are:
- Build infrastructure, skills and capacity in tobacco control to encourage more organisations to get involved in the work locally.
- Reduce exposure to second hand smoke by monitoring compliance with the smoke free law, training frontline staff to offer a brief advice to paretns/carers on how they can protect children from second hand smoke exposure in homes adn running campaigns to increase the number of smoke free homes and cars in the city.
- Providing free and accessible NHS stop smoking support to people wishing to quit. The Newcastle Stop Smoking Service can be contacted on 0191 269 1103 or log on to http://www.smokefreenhs.ukfor further information, tips and advice on quitting.
- Supporting and developing public education and media campaigns to give the public more information on the dangers of second hand smoke, illicit tobacco and stop smoking services for example, and supporting local, regional and national smoking related campaigns. In addition working with schools, young people and youth services on activities to prevent young people from taking up smoking.
- Reducing the availability and supply of tobacco products and addressing the supply of tobacco to children by working with Fresh; Smoke Free North East, Trading Standards departments and HM Customs and Revenue to implement the North of England ’Tackling Illicit Tobacco for Better Health’ programme; go to http://www.illicittobacconorth.org%20for more information. Smoke Free Newcastle also undertakes test purchasing of cigarettes to those under 18 years of age and checks that those selling tobacco comply with the law.
- Monitoring tobacco regulation to make sure that relevant laws relating to tobacco are enforced.
- Reducing tobacco promotion by supporting retailers to prepare and implement new laws on the display of tobacco at the till point; known as ‘point of sale advertising’ and campaign for the introduction of plain and standardised packs for all tobacco products.
- Undertaking research, monitoring and evaluation of the plan to make sure that Smoke Free Newcastle delivers a programme of activity based on what is known to work to reduce the number of people smoking.
Locality briefing on Public Opinion and Smoking - The Facts
Joint Strategic Needs Assessment on Smoking