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New project to tackle chewed tobacco

New project to tackle chewed tobacco

Press Release Date: 20 March 2012

A new project is being launched to raise awareness of the dangers of chewing tobacco.Cllr Lynn Travis with Hyde residents

The Niche Tobacco scheme – being piloted in Hyde – will highlight the harmful effects of chewed tobacco use and smoking cigarettes and will offer people support to help them stop or cut-down.

It will particularly focus on Bangladeshi communities, where national research shows a higher prevalence of use of these products.

A bi-lingual set of resources will be available at the launch at Hyde Town Hall on 21 March. Business Compliance (formerly known as Trading Standards) will be raising awareness to traders and public of the dangers and issues surrounding the sale of illegal and illicit tobacco.

The event will bring together a number of other partners who are involved in the scheme, including: Oral Health Improvement dental services; stop smoking services; pharmacies; GPs and; local community organisations.

Cllr Lynn Travis, Tameside Council’s Executive Member Responsible for Health, said: “Smoking related deaths in Tameside are higher than average and there is also a strong link between chewed tobacco and oral cancers. This project will bring together a number of agencies and resources to help raise awareness of the dangers and – importantly – support people in stopping or reducing their tobacco habits.”

If the pilot is successful, the project will be rolled out to other areas of Tameside and may also tackle the use of other niche tobacco products.

If you are not able to attend but are interested in the project or the findings or want to talk to someone, please ring any of the three numbers below:

  • Stop Smoking services in Tameside – 0161 366 2000
  • Oral Health Services in Tameside – 0161 366 3913
  • Illegal and illicit Tobacco – 0161 342 3558

Or email – nichetobacco@tameside.gov.uk

Page last updated: 22 March 2012