Schools have an important role in reducing smoking uptake rates among children and young people. Around 207,000 children aged 11-15 start smoking in the UK every year according to Cancer Research UK. This means that nearly 570 children are lighting up and becoming smokers for the first time every day.
North Yorkshire County Council have produced a Schools SmokeFree workplace policy, which can be adopted and the best practice guidance incorporated as part of the individual school’s commitment to provide safe and healthy working conditions and service delivery environments, by prohibiting smoking in all its workplaces and enclosed and substantially enclosed spaces and vehicles. The policy template is available below.
Local Services for Children and Young People in North Yorkshire
Information and support can be sought from the 5-19 Healthy Child Service Team and the Prevention Service Team in your area. NHS Choices also provides helpful resources and further information on smoking cessation.
Free support to quit smoking is available through Smokefreelife North Yorkshire. There is a range of support to suit the individual, including drop-in clinics, group sessions, online support or weekly one-to-one appointments with a free weekly supply of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT). The service is available to any North Yorkshire resident from the age of 12 years.
More information and support can be accessed by calling the team of advisors on 0800 246 5215 or 01609 663023 or text QUIT to 66777 or by visiting the Smokefreelife North Yorkshire website which has a list of clinics across the County.