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 Living Well Smokefree. There is a range of support to suit the individual, including drop-in clinics, online support and 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.