Stockport residents consulted about proposals to "Make Smoking History"

Stockport residents were invited to give their views on proposals to make Greater Manchester the first place in the world to “Make Smoking History at a consultation event.

Stockport residents consulted about proposals to "Make Smoking History"

The consultation event from Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership took place at Town Square, Merseyway.
Councillor Tom McGee, Stockport Council’s Cabinet Member for Health attended the event to lend his support and encourage people to have their say in a ‘History Makers’ survey at www.historymakersgm.co.uk

One in eight people still smoke in Stockport, and the two biggest killers in Stockport are cardiovascular disease and cancer, both closely linked to smoking.

Robin Richards, originally from Marple in Stockport, is a local advocate for the campaign and attended the roadshow, to help encourage responses to the Greater Manchester consultation.
Robin, 30, a huge Stockport County fan and self-employed musician, works as a composer, performer and bass guitarist in the band Dutch Uncles. Robin has been chosen to front the new campaign as he passionately believes that all boroughs and communities need to work together to make Stockport and Greater Manchester smoke free.

Robin said: “I felt this was a great initiative to be involved in, as I’d like to help make a difference and see the end of the potentially deadly effects of smoking and passive smoking.”

Councillor Tom McGee, Stockport Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, said:

“Last year there were nearly 3,000 hospital admissions in Stockport as a result of tobacco. Many hundreds of people in our borough die unnecessarily early every year because of smoking while others live difficult lives due to health conditions brought about by smoking.”
“I encourage Stockport residents to respond to this important consultation and put forward their views and ideas on how we can “Make Smoking History” in Stockport and the rest of Greater Manchester.”

Residents across Greater Manchester are being asked to give their views about the plan to radically cut adult smoking and deliver a tobacco free generation through a whole range of local actions, including extending smokefree places and licensing tobacco retailers.
The History Makers survey asks people to voice their opinion on whether tobacco companies should pay a ‘polluter levy’ for the damage that tobacco does to individuals, families and communities.

The Making Smoking History consultation runs From 12 February until 30 April. For further information and to respond to the consultation visit www.historymakersgm.co.uk.