Looks like you’re on the UK site. Choose another location to see content specific to your location

Home Industry News Health minister supports Smokefree’s efforts

Health minister supports Smokefree’s efforts

31st March 2009

Cutting down smoking rates is important to closing the health gap in the south-west, it has been claimed.

Public health minister Dawn Primarolo made this comment after the region’s Smokefree organisation set about trying to reduce the number of smokers in the area.

The group will aim to promote cigarette-free environments, reduce the availability of cheap smuggled tobacco products and prevent younger people from taking up the habit.

Ms Primarolo said there has been progress in reducing smoking rates but now efforts need to be focussed on encouraging people from the poorest communities to kick the habit.

“Smokefree South West will drive forward progress,” she commented.

“As its name suggests, I hope the new organisation will be an important stepping stone for a healthier, smoke-free future for the region.”
Fiona Andrews, director of the organisation in the area, added reducing lung cancer rates in the county was mentioned as a key priority in the 2008 chief medical officer’s report.

“It is something that we are taking very seriously in the region,” she concluded.

In other news, the government recently launched a five-point guidance document to advise parents about youngsters consuming alcohol.

We currently have 9 jobs available in Pharmacy industry, find your perfect one now.

Stay informed

Receive the latest industry news, Tips
and straight to your inbox.