City of York Council signs the Local Government Declaration on Tobacco Control

York Press: City of York Council becomes the first local authority in Yorkshire to sign the Local Government Declaration on Tobacco Control. From left, Coun Tracey Simpson-Laing, council leader Coun James Alexander, Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones and Kersten England City of York Council becomes the first local authority in Yorkshire to sign the Local Government Declaration on Tobacco Control. From left, Coun Tracey Simpson-Laing, council leader Coun James Alexander, Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones and Kersten England

YORK’S city leaders have pledged to cut smoking in the city, where nicotine causes 300 deaths every year.

City of York Council yesterday became the first local authority in Yorkshire to sign the Local Government Declaration On Tobacco Control, enshrining its commitment to “protecting local communities” from the harm caused by cigarettes.

The declaration has been endorsed by Public Health Minister Jane Ellison and Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies.

A profile for York compiled by Public Health England showed that, as well as hundreds of deaths, smoking-related illnesses lead to 2,000 hospital admissions every year, while one in six York babies in 2011/12 was born to a mother who smoked.

Representatives from the council will be invited to the declaration’s national launch at the Houses of Parliament next week. It includes a commitment to protect public health policy from “undue influence” from the tobacco industry through not accepting grants or sponsorship.

York council leader James Alexander said: “We welcome the opportunity for local government to lead local action to tackle smoking and secure the health and wellbeing benefits which come from reducing smoking prevalence, and I am delighted the council has renewed our commitment to tackling the harm from tobacco use.”

Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones, the authority’s director of health and wellbeing, said smoking was responsible for half of the difference in life expectancy between York’s richest and poorest residents.

He said: “This is a statistic we can and must change, and signing up to the declaration sends a strong message about our commitment to doing so.”

Coun Tracey Simpson-Laing, cabinet member for health, housing and adult social services, said the council would launch its own tobacco control strategy for the city, which would include the views of organisations across York. More information about the declaration is at smokefreeaction.org.uk.

More than 750 people in York quit smoking as a result of the recent Stoptober campaign, according to its organisers, who said the average 13-a-day smoker would have saved £141 during the month and £1,696 a year.

However, figures also showed the number of people stopping smoking without NHS help had fallen for the first time since 2008.

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8:17am Tue 3 Dec 13

eeoodares says...

YORK’S city leaders have pledged to cut smoking in the city, where nicotine causes 300 deaths every year... How?
YORK’S city leaders have pledged to cut smoking in the city, where nicotine causes 300 deaths every year... How? eeoodares

8:19am Tue 3 Dec 13

Bad magic says...

Exactly what has this got to do with the council? Maybe they should, I don't know, maybe run the city properly instead of interfering in this kind of thing?
Exactly what has this got to do with the council? Maybe they should, I don't know, maybe run the city properly instead of interfering in this kind of thing? Bad magic

8:30am Tue 3 Dec 13

Zachthelad says...

Tracy Simpson-Laing cabinet member for health should consider her own health as important as well, instead of just lurching out into the path of my car when ridng her bike on a morning!!
Tracy Simpson-Laing cabinet member for health should consider her own health as important as well, instead of just lurching out into the path of my car when ridng her bike on a morning!! Zachthelad

8:50am Tue 3 Dec 13

Exlabourmember says...

How many Cabinet members does it take to hold a sign?

By my quick calculation there's about £400,000 worth of tax payers money standing right there gurning like idiots
How many Cabinet members does it take to hold a sign? By my quick calculation there's about £400,000 worth of tax payers money standing right there gurning like idiots Exlabourmember

9:13am Tue 3 Dec 13

tobefair says...

Perhaps they could ban smoking on Lendal bridge!
Perhaps they could ban smoking on Lendal bridge! tobefair

9:23am Tue 3 Dec 13

osbaldwicklane says...

Representatives from the council will be invited to the declaration’s national launch at the Houses of Parliament next week .

Another free day out on expence,s . ??????????????????
Representatives from the council will be invited to the declaration’s national launch at the Houses of Parliament next week . Another free day out on expence,s . ?????????????????? osbaldwicklane

9:23am Tue 3 Dec 13

ReginaldBiscuit says...

My God, these people are clowns and the one on the right in the picture is a very well-paid clown.

Get your facts right. Nicotine doesn't cause death. Lung, throat, mouth, esophageal and other assorted smoking related cancers cause people to die.

'Protecting Local Communities' - I would urge the 4 egomaniacs in the picture to study and analyze the Office for National Statistics death data for 2011. Communities are far more at risk from such dangers as transport, eating poorly and alcohol abuse.
My God, these people are clowns and the one on the right in the picture is a very well-paid clown. Get your facts right. Nicotine doesn't cause death. Lung, throat, mouth, esophageal and other assorted smoking related cancers cause people to die. 'Protecting Local Communities' - I would urge the 4 egomaniacs in the picture to study and analyze the Office for National Statistics death data for 2011. Communities are far more at risk from such dangers as transport, eating poorly and alcohol abuse. ReginaldBiscuit

9:37am Tue 3 Dec 13

postie28 says...

just how much of our money are they going to throw at this ?
just how much of our money are they going to throw at this ? postie28

9:41am Tue 3 Dec 13

PKH says...

I tempted to take up smoking, just because the council says I should not
I tempted to take up smoking, just because the council says I should not PKH

9:58am Tue 3 Dec 13

Madasanibbotson says...

What depths will they go to ?

Perhaps Jimmy Alexander should promote healthy eating, that would be nearer to home.
What depths will they go to ? Perhaps Jimmy Alexander should promote healthy eating, that would be nearer to home. Madasanibbotson

10:08am Tue 3 Dec 13

Exiled1 says...

Meaningless, empty, nothingness.
Meaningless, empty, nothingness. Exiled1

10:15am Tue 3 Dec 13

Big Bad Wolf says...

C of Y council should concentrate on issues that
A) Concern them
B) They have some control over.
C of Y council should concentrate on issues that A) Concern them B) They have some control over. Big Bad Wolf

10:16am Tue 3 Dec 13

Tom6187 says...

Maybe they should get their own house in order before telling people how to live. This is the council responsible for creating total gridlock around the city because of their anti car agenda, the council responsible for splashing tax payers money on an arts barge, the council responsible for cutting vital gritting services and I could go on and on and on, don't even get me started on Kersten England and how much she is earning for doing sod all.
Maybe they should get their own house in order before telling people how to live. This is the council responsible for creating total gridlock around the city because of their anti car agenda, the council responsible for splashing tax payers money on an arts barge, the council responsible for cutting vital gritting services and I could go on and on and on, don't even get me started on Kersten England and how much she is earning for doing sod all. Tom6187

10:34am Tue 3 Dec 13

smiler45 says...

"YORK’S city leaders have pledged to cut smoking in the city, where nicotine causes 300 deaths every year."

How many deaths are caused by traffic or air pollution a year that is not related to nicotine?? I would really like to know how when you smoke outside it affects others? People have choices like this shower in the picture do, and if they choose to smoke, that's their choice and not the governments or the councils.

Why not go back to dealing with more urgent matters and stop meddling in peoples lifestyle choices.
"YORK’S city leaders have pledged to cut smoking in the city, where nicotine causes 300 deaths every year." How many deaths are caused by traffic or air pollution a year that is not related to nicotine?? I would really like to know how when you smoke outside it affects others? People have choices like this shower in the picture do, and if they choose to smoke, that's their choice and not the governments or the councils. Why not go back to dealing with more urgent matters and stop meddling in peoples lifestyle choices. smiler45

10:37am Tue 3 Dec 13

smiler45 says...

I also forgot to add that the government or council don't mention about Alcohol which also is responsible for major health issues, but you won't ban that will you?
I also forgot to add that the government or council don't mention about Alcohol which also is responsible for major health issues, but you won't ban that will you? smiler45

10:39am Tue 3 Dec 13

smiler45 says...

Nicotine is actually SAFE, it's the harmful chemicals that is added to tobacco that isn't.
Nicotine is actually SAFE, it's the harmful chemicals that is added to tobacco that isn't. smiler45

10:51am Tue 3 Dec 13

YOUWILLDOASISAY says...

Coun Tracey Simpson-Laing, cabinet member for health, housing and adult social services, said the council would launch its own tobacco control strategy for the city, which would include the views of organisations across York.

Smokefree Action actual declaration commits councils to:

Develop plans with partners and local communities.

Seems to have conveniently dropped the words "local communities", is this a clear indication of another product of silo mentality about to search out support for pre-determined actions.

The limits of influence and support are defined by the levels of inclusiveness,
fundamental to leadership and credibility.
Coun Tracey Simpson-Laing, cabinet member for health, housing and adult social services, said the council would launch its own tobacco control strategy for the city, which would include the views of organisations across York. Smokefree Action actual declaration commits councils to: Develop plans with partners and local communities. Seems to have conveniently dropped the words "local communities", is this a clear indication of another product of silo mentality about to search out support for pre-determined actions. The limits of influence and support are defined by the levels of inclusiveness, fundamental to leadership and credibility. YOUWILLDOASISAY

11:26am Tue 3 Dec 13

monkeyhanger says...

"Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones, the authority’s director of health and wellbeing, said smoking was responsible for half of the difference in life expectancy between York’s richest and poorest residents."
Now there is a sweeping statement.
Director of health and wellbeing,that sounds like a good bullcrap post,£100k ish I imagine.
"Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones, the authority’s director of health and wellbeing, said smoking was responsible for half of the difference in life expectancy between York’s richest and poorest residents." Now there is a sweeping statement. Director of health and wellbeing,that sounds like a good bullcrap post,£100k ish I imagine. monkeyhanger

12:00pm Tue 3 Dec 13

rking1977 says...

If the council is so committed to “protecting local communities” as it claims in this report perhaps it could start by not obliterating its funding to community centres, which (and the clue is in the name) are at the centre of communities.

While its at it, how about not slashing park services, library services, bowling green funding, litter bins and really basic maintenance and repairs in communities (pot holes, litter and the other stuff that shows you care about communities).

I can't quite believe this either: "Representatives from the council will be invited to the declaration’s national launch at the Houses of Parliament next week." Why?

What a total, laughable, ridiculous waste of time and money that would be. And the council wonders why it's skint!
If the council is so committed to “protecting local communities” as it claims in this report perhaps it could start by not obliterating its funding to community centres, which (and the clue is in the name) are at the centre of communities. While its at it, how about not slashing park services, library services, bowling green funding, litter bins and really basic maintenance and repairs in communities (pot holes, litter and the other stuff that shows you care about communities). I can't quite believe this either: "Representatives from the council will be invited to the declaration’s national launch at the Houses of Parliament next week." Why? What a total, laughable, ridiculous waste of time and money that would be. And the council wonders why it's skint! rking1977

12:05pm Tue 3 Dec 13

The Analyst says...

Y.C.C interfering yet again - complete and utter control freaks - I call on you all to get these fools out in 2015!!
Y.C.C interfering yet again - complete and utter control freaks - I call on you all to get these fools out in 2015!! The Analyst

12:12pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Platform9 says...

rking1977 wrote:
If the council is so committed to “protecting local communities” as it claims in this report perhaps it could start by not obliterating its funding to community centres, which (and the clue is in the name) are at the centre of communities. While its at it, how about not slashing park services, library services, bowling green funding, litter bins and really basic maintenance and repairs in communities (pot holes, litter and the other stuff that shows you care about communities). I can't quite believe this either: "Representative
s from the council will be invited to the declaration’s national launch at the Houses of Parliament next week." Why? What a total, laughable, ridiculous waste of time and money that would be. And the council wonders why it's skint!
rking1977 says...

I can't quite believe this either: "Representatives from the council will be invited to the declaration’s national launch at the Houses of Parliament next week." Why?

Well it's a nice time to go Christmas shopping in London and see the lights and decorations - something York is sadly missing AGAIN!
[quote][p][bold]rking1977[/bold] wrote: If the council is so committed to “protecting local communities” as it claims in this report perhaps it could start by not obliterating its funding to community centres, which (and the clue is in the name) are at the centre of communities. While its at it, how about not slashing park services, library services, bowling green funding, litter bins and really basic maintenance and repairs in communities (pot holes, litter and the other stuff that shows you care about communities). I can't quite believe this either: "Representative s from the council will be invited to the declaration’s national launch at the Houses of Parliament next week." Why? What a total, laughable, ridiculous waste of time and money that would be. And the council wonders why it's skint![/p][/quote]rking1977 says... I can't quite believe this either: "Representatives from the council will be invited to the declaration’s national launch at the Houses of Parliament next week." Why? Well it's a nice time to go Christmas shopping in London and see the lights and decorations - something York is sadly missing AGAIN! Platform9

2:55pm Tue 3 Dec 13

piaggio1 says...

Snouts.noses.trough.

They just dont get it.do they.
And no doubt. East coast first class all the way.
Snouts.noses.trough. They just dont get it.do they. And no doubt. East coast first class all the way. piaggio1

5:09pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Rocking Horse says...

Exiled1 wrote:
Meaningless, empty, nothingness.
Yes, and the two top earners at the Council in the photo (KE £135k p.a. & PE-J £149k p.a), really should be doing more to earn the astronomic salaries, instead on acting like they are running the NHS.

The other two politico's are just there for the photo opportunity, and to show that one of them actually spends time in York, even if it's only for more self-promotion !

It's time York got rid of these freeloaders !
[quote][p][bold]Exiled1[/bold] wrote: Meaningless, empty, nothingness.[/p][/quote]Yes, and the two top earners at the Council in the photo (KE £135k p.a. & PE-J £149k p.a), really should be doing more to earn the astronomic salaries, instead on acting like they are running the NHS. The other two politico's are just there for the photo opportunity, and to show that one of them actually spends time in York, even if it's only for more self-promotion ! It's time York got rid of these freeloaders ! Rocking Horse

5:12pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Rocking Horse says...

monkeyhanger wrote:
"Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones, the authority’s director of health and wellbeing, said smoking was responsible for half of the difference in life expectancy between York’s richest and poorest residents." Now there is a sweeping statement. Director of health and wellbeing,that sounds like a good bullcrap post,£100k ish I imagine.
Try £149k....

What a waste of money !
[quote][p][bold]monkeyhanger[/bold] wrote: "Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones, the authority’s director of health and wellbeing, said smoking was responsible for half of the difference in life expectancy between York’s richest and poorest residents." Now there is a sweeping statement. Director of health and wellbeing,that sounds like a good bullcrap post,£100k ish I imagine.[/p][/quote]Try £149k.... What a waste of money ! Rocking Horse

5:24pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Teabag1 says...

I
I Teabag1

5:28pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Teabag1 says...

What's it got to do with our bloody council shouldn't they be concentrating on what they are supposed to be doing, Jesus Christ they are soo useless
What's it got to do with our bloody council shouldn't they be concentrating on what they are supposed to be doing, Jesus Christ they are soo useless Teabag1

5:35pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Blythespirit says...

smiler45 wrote:
I also forgot to add that the government or council don't mention about Alcohol which also is responsible for major health issues, but you won't ban that will you?
A very good point. Alcohol causes far more problems in this city than smoking ever will. But, hey ho, boozing brings in the money from the vast amount of licensed premises we have. This is all meaningless anyway... just another photo opportunity for Pugsley Addams and friends!
[quote][p][bold]smiler45[/bold] wrote: I also forgot to add that the government or council don't mention about Alcohol which also is responsible for major health issues, but you won't ban that will you?[/p][/quote]A very good point. Alcohol causes far more problems in this city than smoking ever will. But, hey ho, boozing brings in the money from the vast amount of licensed premises we have. This is all meaningless anyway... just another photo opportunity for Pugsley Addams and friends! Blythespirit

5:37pm Tue 3 Dec 13

NoNewsIsGoodNews says...

Some people need to look at their own shortfalls before advising others, then again all that wacky baccy TSL smoked when she was younger must have gone to her head and given her selective amnesia.
Some people need to look at their own shortfalls before advising others, then again all that wacky baccy TSL smoked when she was younger must have gone to her head and given her selective amnesia. NoNewsIsGoodNews

9:08pm Tue 3 Dec 13

monkeyhanger says...

Rocking Horse wrote:
monkeyhanger wrote:
"Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones, the authority’s director of health and wellbeing, said smoking was responsible for half of the difference in life expectancy between York’s richest and poorest residents." Now there is a sweeping statement. Director of health and wellbeing,that sounds like a good bullcrap post,£100k ish I imagine.
Try £149k....

What a waste of money !
Wow!worse than I thought Rocking Horse. 3 grand a week is good money.Glad the council can afford it,why not close a few more community centres and cut home visits for elderly.Then they could increase the fat cat pay.
[quote][p][bold]Rocking Horse[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]monkeyhanger[/bold] wrote: "Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones, the authority’s director of health and wellbeing, said smoking was responsible for half of the difference in life expectancy between York’s richest and poorest residents." Now there is a sweeping statement. Director of health and wellbeing,that sounds like a good bullcrap post,£100k ish I imagine.[/p][/quote]Try £149k.... What a waste of money ![/p][/quote]Wow!worse than I thought Rocking Horse. 3 grand a week is good money.Glad the council can afford it,why not close a few more community centres and cut home visits for elderly.Then they could increase the fat cat pay. monkeyhanger

9:08pm Tue 3 Dec 13

monkeyhanger says...

Rocking Horse wrote:
monkeyhanger wrote:
"Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones, the authority’s director of health and wellbeing, said smoking was responsible for half of the difference in life expectancy between York’s richest and poorest residents." Now there is a sweeping statement. Director of health and wellbeing,that sounds like a good bullcrap post,£100k ish I imagine.
Try £149k....

What a waste of money !
Wow!worse than I thought Rocking Horse. 3 grand a week is good money.Glad the council can afford it,why not close a few more community centres and cut home visits for elderly.Then they could increase the fat cat pay.
[quote][p][bold]Rocking Horse[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]monkeyhanger[/bold] wrote: "Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones, the authority’s director of health and wellbeing, said smoking was responsible for half of the difference in life expectancy between York’s richest and poorest residents." Now there is a sweeping statement. Director of health and wellbeing,that sounds like a good bullcrap post,£100k ish I imagine.[/p][/quote]Try £149k.... What a waste of money ![/p][/quote]Wow!worse than I thought Rocking Horse. 3 grand a week is good money.Glad the council can afford it,why not close a few more community centres and cut home visits for elderly.Then they could increase the fat cat pay. monkeyhanger

10:54pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Getajobacombfacebenefitscrounger says...

If people got off there lazy backsides and worked instead of going down the pub on their benefits then smoking wouldn't be a problem
If people got off there lazy backsides and worked instead of going down the pub on their benefits then smoking wouldn't be a problem Getajobacombfacebenefitscrounger

11:33pm Tue 3 Dec 13

MorkofYork says...

Mums to be, smoking. If you can't stop for your kid surely it's all down hill from there ?
I remember my mum smoking when i was little, i was puffing on her fag ends at 8 years old.
Fast forward 20 years and i'm struggling to find asthma meds that work, my mums almost at deaths door and it's my job to look after her.

Can you be a good parent and a smoker or is that a oxymoron ?

Ignorance is not bliss.
Mums to be, smoking. If you can't stop for your kid surely it's all down hill from there ? I remember my mum smoking when i was little, i was puffing on her fag ends at 8 years old. Fast forward 20 years and i'm struggling to find asthma meds that work, my mums almost at deaths door and it's my job to look after her. Can you be a good parent and a smoker or is that a oxymoron ? Ignorance is not bliss. MorkofYork

2:21pm Wed 4 Dec 13

chas says...

Would these anti-smokers like me to tell them how they should live their lives?
Would these anti-smokers like me to tell them how they should live their lives? chas

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