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Trust signs NHS Smokefree Pledge

Trust signs NHS Smokefree Pledge
13 June 2018

The Trust has underpinned its commitment to going smokefree from 1 October this year by signing the NHS Smokefree Pledge.

Launched by the Smokefree Action Coalition in January, the pledge is designed to be a clear and visible way for NHS organisations to show their commitment to helping smokers quit and to support them by providing smokefree environments.

Signatories also commit to ensuring that smokers within the NHS have access to the medication they need to quit in line with National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidance on smoking in secondary care.

Trust Chair Sharon Mays, Chief Executive Michele Moran and Medical Director Dr John Byrne signed the pledge following a request by Interim Chief Operating Officer Lynn Parkinson.

In a report to the Trust Board, Mrs Parkinson said: “All NHS organisations are being encouraged to sign the NHS Smokefree Pledge.

“Signing the pledge is a visible commitment to smokefree.”

Pledge signatories acknowledge that “smoking places a significant additional burden on health and social care services and is impacting on the future sustainability of the NHS”.

Public Health Minister Steve Brine and the chief executives of NHS England and Public Health England have given the commitment their backing.

Mr Brine said: “The NHS Smokefree Pledge supports the commitments made in the Tobacco Control Plan for England.

“The plan sets a number of ambitious targets to reduce smoking prevalence as we head towards England’s first smokefree generation. I am delighted to support the pledge.”

The cost of smoking to the NHS in England is £2.5 billion every year, and one in four patients in hospital is a smoker.

According to the pledge, the tobacco industry’s products kill 80,000 people in England every year.


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