Council leaders and the NHS in Oxfordshire are supporting the launch of a consultation by the Oxfordshire Tobacco Alliance Strategy. Residents in the county will be given the chance to have their say if they want a smoke free county by 2025. An area is classed as smoke free if less than 5% of the population smokes. The figure in Oxfordshire is 10% and the consultation period ends on 11th April.
To put the plan in to action, Oxfordshire County Council is collaborating with other local authorities and the NHS to sign the Local Government Tobacco and the NHS Smokefree Pledge as a commitment to the reduction in use of tobacco.
The draft strategy will be delivered by an alliance of partners, which include Oxford University Hospitals, Oxford City Council, Oxford Health and other local councils: Oxfordshire County Council, Vale of the White Horse, Cherwell, West Oxfordshire and South Oxfordshire.
The proposed strategy is for the 90% of people who don’t smoke. There is also a plan to focus on people who are more likely to smoke than others including those from deprived areas and people with mental health conditions.