Nottinghamshire County Council is consulting on a new model for tackling tobacco harm in the county.
Residents will be able to have their say in order to see improved tobacco control services introduced with a joint focus on preventing people from starting to smoke, and on helping existing smokers to quit.
In Nottinghamshire, almost one in five (18.4%) of adults smoke, and it is estimated that around 2,500 children (aged 11-15) start smoking every year, and smoking causes around 1,300 smoking related deaths every year.
Coun Joyce Bosnjak, chair of the Nottinghamshire health and wellbeing board said: “The number of smokers in Nottinghamshire is coming down, but smoking, and tobacco related harm is a huge public health issue for the county.
“We have a vision of a smokefree future, and to achieve that we need to continue to work across all areas of tobacco control to reduce the impact of tobacco use.
“Every year we help thousands of smokers to kick the habit, but it’s also vitally important that we are preventing the next generation from starting smoking in the first place, and protect our communities from tobacco related harm, including from criminal activity surrounding illegal tobacco.”
There are several ways to take part.
By going online at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/tobacco-consultation and filling in the online form. or downloading the form online and returning it in the post to the address provided, picking up a copy of the consultation documents in any County Council library or by attending the event at Mansfield Library on 28th January, between 10am and 12pm,
The consultation will run until Tuesday 31st March.
Visit www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/tobacco-consultation for more information.