Derbyshire County Council leaders have signed up to the Local Government Declaration on Tobacco Control as part of work to protect residents from the harm caused by smoking.
Every year in England, more than 80,000 people die from smoking related diseases.
In Derbyshire, between 2011 and 2013 around 3,900 adult deaths were attributable to smoking related diseases.
Although smoking rates are falling in the county, it’s estimated that over 113,000 adults still smoke in Derbyshire.
Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for health and communities councillor Dave Allen said: “Smoking remains the biggest cause of preventable illness and premature death in Derbyshire. Therefore we welcome the opportunity for us to be able to lead local action to tackle smoking. Signing up to this declaration shows that we are making a clear commitment to tackle the harmful effects of tobacco and we will work with our partners to try to and address this problem.”
The responsibility for public health returned to local authority control in 2013.
It’s now the council’s responsibility to tackle smoking and to work with other organisations to promote healthy living choices for the health and wellbeing of residents.
The declaration gives local authorities the opportunity to show their dedication to protecting local communities from harm caused by smoking.
Derbyshire County Council is also part of the newly formed Derbyshire Tobacco Alliance.
The alliance is made up of representatives from local authorities, NHS, police, fire and other organisations.
Members of the alliance also signed up to the NHS Statement of Support for Tobacco Control.