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The Local Government Declaration on Tobacco Control

The Local Government Declaration on Tobacco Control was developed by Newcastle City Council. It is a statement of a council’s commitment to ensure tobacco control is part of mainstream public health work and commits councils to taking comprehensive action to address the harm from smoking. Since it was launched in May 2013, over 120 councils across the country have signed the Declaration.

On No Smoking Day 2022 (9th March 2022), the Declaration was relaunched to bring it into line with the Government’s ambition for England to be smokefree by 2030 and commitments made to improve smoking cessation support available through the NHS in the NHS Long Term Plan. The Declaration’s relaunch took place alongside the relaunch of its sister document, the NHS Smokefree Pledge.

"This declaration has been developed to provide a very visible opportunity for local government: to publicly acknowledge the significant challenge facing us; to voluntarily demonstrate a commitment to take action; and to publish a statement of our dedication to protect local communities from the harm caused by smoking."

Councillor Nick Forbes CBE, Leader of Newcastle City Council

Signing the Declaration

There are a range of resources available to help you on your way to signing the Declaration:

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