NHS Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are delighted to have joined the Smokefree Action Coalition (SFAC), a group of organisations committing to improving public health, and reducing the harm caused by tobacco.
NHS Blackburn with Darwen CCG is only one of five CCGs in the country to be a member of the coalition, and the only CCG in Lancashire.
The Smokefree Action Coalition came together initially to lobby for smokefree workplaces and are now committed to reducing the harm caused by tobacco more generally. Following a campaign by the SFAC the coalition government published its Tobacco Plan in March 2011 which set out a comprehensive strategy containing ambitions to reduce smoking prevalence to 18.5% or less by 2015.
Dr Chris Clayton, Clinical Chief Officer, said: “I am delighted we have joined the Smokefree Action Coalition as this demonstrates our commitment to ensuring our residents in Blackburn with Darwen live healthier and longer.
“We all know smoking kills and yet it is the single, most preventable cause of ill health and death. Smokefree environments protect the health of both non-smokers and smokers themselves.
Smoking is still the major preventable cause of death and disease and inequalities in health, killing over 100,000 people across the UK each year. One in four adults still smoke, and children of smokers remain exposed to secondhand smoke. The Smokefree Action Coalition wants the UK Government to continue to develop and implement an adequately funded comprehensive tobacco control strategy in order to keep driving down smoking rates and protect people from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke