Smoking pledge on council agenda

South Ribble councillor Paul Foster

South Ribble councillor Paul Foster

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South Ribble Council is being urged to sign up to a smoking pledge by councillors.

Coun Matthew Tomlinson and Coun Paul Foster have submitted a notice of motion for Wednesday’s full council meeting, requesting leaders to agree to the Local Government Declaration on Tobacco Control. This commits councils to take action to address the harm from smoking.

The motion states: “Smoking kills over 1,600 people aged 35 years and over in Lancashire each year, which is greater than the total number of deaths from alcohol, obesity, illegal drugs, murder, suicide, road traffic accidents and HIV infection combined. This Council therefore agrees to commit to the Local Government Declaration on Tobacco Control in order to protect successive generations of young people from the harm done by tobacco, save lives and reduce health inequalities in our communities.”

Eighty councils in England have already signed up.