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Tameside Children’s Centres earn Smokefree Gates Award

Press Release: 10/04/2019

 

“Inspiring a smokefree generation for Tameside”

 
Smokefree GatesTameside’s Children’s Centres have joined the growing number of schools and nurseries which have achieved the Smokefree Gates Award.
 
Under the scheme, the borough’s children’s centres have adopted a Smokefree Gates policy, and staff have worked with parents and carers to stop smoking not only on the premises but in the vicinity of the entrance gates.
 
Presenting the Smokefree Gates certificate, Debbie Watson, Assistant Director for Population Health, said, “Tameside has one of the highest rates of smoking in the North West, at 17.6%, and this is linked to some really serious health issues which are affecting a lot of people across the borough.
 
“It’s easy for children to see smoking as ‘normal’ and then be more likely to start smoking themselves. So Smokefree Gates helps give children a better chance of avoiding starting smoking and is just one of our projects to help create a smokefree Tameside.
 
“Since we launched Smokefree Gates in September, five primary schools, a playgroup and some nurseries have joined the scheme. A lot more are working towards their Smokefree Gates certificate, and we want to help all of Tameside’s primary schools and nurseries take part. We want to inspire a smokefree generation for Tameside.”
 
Head of Early Years, Lorraine Butler, receiving the award on behalf of Tameside’s Children’s Centres, said: “This has been a team effort. Parents and carers have been really helpful, staff have worked hard to make sure everyone understands the benefits of Smokefree Gates, and we found the public health team’s toolkit really useful. So I want to thank everyone for helping us take this forward.
 
“We’ve found this a really positive experience, and obviously it’s helped educate the children towards a healthier lifestyle. So I’d encourage nurseries and primary schools to sign up to Smokefree Gates.”
 
Schools, nurseries and playgroups can download the Smokefree Gates toolkit developed by the Tameside Population Health Team, or can find more information by emailing publichealth.enquiries@tameside.gov.uk .
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