Statement in support of Smokefree Southwest

ASH is saddened to hear that the future of the regional tobacco control group, Smokefree Southwest is now in doubt due to cuts in funding.

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health has written to the Health Select Committee and to the local authorities that have provided funding to the group to urge them to reconsider their proposed funding cuts. In the letters the APPG recommends that the councils meet with the Department of Health and other public health partners to discuss how funding might be secured in the future given that withdrawal of funds has serious implications for national tobacco control policy. [1]

Hazel Cheeseman, Director of Policy of health charity ASH said:

“Regional tobacco control activities have been shown by NICE to be highly cost effective and Smokefree South West has achieved a great deal in helping to cut the regional smoking rate to under 17%, below the average for England. We understand the financial pressures that local authorities are experiencing but given the huge costs of treating smoking induced ill health, we urge the south west local authorities to reconsider their decision to cut funding to such an effective area of activity.”


Notes and Links:

ASH provides the secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health

[1] See APPG Letter to Dr Sarah Wollaston and APPG Letter to local authorities in the south west