Smokefree Devon Alliance Newsletter - December 2018

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Welcome to the latest Smokefree Devon Alliance newsletter.

As always please share any information that you would like to see included in future editions.

Prepare for the New Year

Health Harms

As 2018 draws to a close the next few weeks provide a fantastic opportunity for us to encourage smokers in Devon to quit the habit in 2019.


We can all help to encourage Devon smokers to make quitting their new years resolution. As we all know the most successful attempts to quit smoking are the ones that are planned and when people get the right support.


OneYou will be running their Health Harms campaign so please  use this national campaign to push the local stop smoking services. Campaign resources can be ordered now from Public Health England.

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Latest news from the Smokefree Devon Alliance 

The latest Smokefree Devon Alliance Steering Group meeting was held on 5th November. 

This was the first meeting since the new Alliance Strategy and Action Plan were launched earlier in the year. During the meeting we heard from a range of partners who have been working towards actions within Priority 1 of the Action Plan: Protecting Children and young people from tobacco and encourage smokefree pregnancies. We heard from partners including Public Health, Trading Standards and Children's Centre and Early Years about the fantastic efforts they are making to tackle tobacco and drive down smoking prevalence in Devon. Smokingfree Alliance members can see all progress that has been made by viewing the updated online Action Plan.

The next meeting will be held at County Hall, Devon County Council on Monday 4th March 2019. We would like to hear from partners who are working on Action Plan Priority area 2.

New look Smokefree Devon website

Smokefree Devon Website

The Smokefree Devon website.has had an overhaul. The general look and feel has been refreshed and information has been updated to ensure it is helpful and accessible to all users.

Alliance members will notice that the homepage now consists of two options: 'Get support to quit smoking' - which takes users to Devon's health and wellbeing service (One Small Step); and 'Information for professionals' - where users can find a wealth of information including details about training, contract information and latest research, as well as all the latest updates from the Smokefree Devon Alliance. Please send any suggestions of content you would like to see to 

7th December 2018

Training for Stop Smoking Advisors

Practitioners and partners can check out upcoming face-2-face Stop Smoking Advisor training dates below:

All training is delivered by the Specialist Stop Smoking Service. Before booking onto the initial training, please check that your GP practice or pharmacy has a contract to deliver Public Health Services.

Please note, at least one advisor from each organisation must attend the refresher training every year.

Online information for Advisors 

If you have any queries about the smoking cessation service you are running, or are looking for resources, please check the Smokefree Devon Alliance website. 

Free online training for professionals on e-cigarettes 

National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training (NCSCT) course covers the safety and effectiveness of e-cigarettes, types of devices and issues for e-cigarette users to consider. It looks specifically at the role of e-cigarettes for young people and pregnant women who smoke, and answers frequently asked questions.  

Access the training here.

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