Bradford Council is funding the delivery of a national programme to help young people from starting to smoke, and their parents or carers to quit.
QUIT, the UK charity, is rolling out Smoke Free Family Life across ten secondary schools in the district and Bradford is one of the newest areas of the country to sign up to the scheme.
A QUIT youth presenter will work in secondary school with pupils and make sure they take a support booklet home with them which will include details of support details of the council’s stop smoking service.
The Council are participating in a national and local evaluation to help young people from starting to smoke and their parents or carers to quit.
The aim of the project is to give young people the facts about smoking so that they can make an informed choice and to support parents and carers who smoke to stop. The project is being run in conjunction with the Bradford stop smoking service.
Andrew Gillespie, Stop Smoking Specialist for Bradford Council, said: “We know that two thirds of smokers start smoking before the age of eighteen so it is important to provide effective programmes like the one provided by QUIT.”
“Our aim is to help create a smoke free district where the next generation understand that smoking is not a normal activity and that cigarettes kill one in every two long-term smokers.”
“Teenagers are making their own decision not to smoke as fewer youngsters are starting smoking than in previous generations. Hopefully they can help inform their parents and carers that it’s never to late to quit smoking.”
You can contact Bradford’s stop smoking service on 01274 437700.
For more information about local stop smoking support visit www.smokescape.org or call 0845 27 07 222