To mark World No Tobacco Day 2017 yesterday (31 May), Smokefree St Helens and the ‘Wagtail’ unit were in Church Square, offering stop smoking support and tobacco education to residents.
With help from sniffer dog Alfie, members of the public got to learn about tobacco control and the harms smoking can cause.
Smokefree St Helens service staff provided information and advice to over 100 smokers on the day, and over 30 people visited the Smokefree St Helens Hub in the Hardshaw Centre for more support.
The theme of this year’s World No Tobacco Day, run by the World Health Organisation, was ‘Tobacco – a threat to development’. With this, the WHO are calling on governments to implement strong tobacco control measures including banning marketing and advertising of tobacco, promoting plain packaging of tobacco products, raising excise taxes, and making indoor public places and workplaces smoke free.
New laws, which came into force last month, make it illegal to sell cigarettes in branded packets and in packets of 10. Instead, packaging needs to be a drab green colour covered in health warnings and graphic images, and packets now need to have a minimum of 20 cigarettes. The new laws also bring changes for menthol cigarettes, vaping and rolling tobacco.
For more information about the new smoking laws, please visit www.ash.org.uk
If you would like support to quit smoking, visit the Smokefree St Helens Hub in the Hardshaw Centre, open Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm, and Saturday, 10am – 2pm.
Alternatively, call 01744 586247 or text QUIT to 61825.