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Council team recognised for success at getting tobacco-users to quit

PUBLISHED: 12:43 09 July 2015 | UPDATED: 12:43 09 July 2015

Bexley Counicl CleaR award

Bexley Counicl CleaR award

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National award for Bexley’s stop smoking service

Bexley’s stop smoking service has won a national award.

The council service was recognised for its efforts in tackling high rates of smoking addiction in mental health settings, for supporting pregnant women and their partners to quit and for supporting residents in quitting in areas with high smoking rates.

The award was presented by the CLeaR partnership, which works with local authorities across England to support progress in reducing smoking. The CLeaR partnership comprises Public Health England (PHE), Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) and Cancer Research UK.

Martin Dockrell, head of tobacco control programme at PHE, said: “Local tobacco control is vital to reduce the number of people becoming ill and dying because they smoke. Bexley’s work shows how local leadership and innovation can help us make significant strides towards our shared national ambition of a smokefree generation.”

And Alison Cox, director of cancer prevention at Cancer Research UK added: “Bexley’s impressive record on this crucial public health issue is to be applauded. Smoking is the largest cause of premature deaths in the UK and remains the public health challenge of our generation.

“With the determination and commitment of councils like Bexley we will safeguard the progress made to date and can look forward to a future free from the harms of smoking.”

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