Smokefree Devon Alliance Newsletter - August 2019

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Welcome to the Smokefree Devon Alliance newsletter.

In this edition we look forward to Stoptober, catch up on the recent Smokefree Devon Alliance meeting and take a look at the latest national and local smoking prevalence statistics.

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

Plan for success - Stoptober 2019

Stoptober 2017

Stoptober will return in October. This Public Health England campaign provides a fantastic platform to engage with smokers in Devon and support them to quit - a recent evaluation describes how 19% of all smokerss made a quit attempt during last year's campaign!

We know how important it is that people get the right support to quit. Accessing support available from local stop smoking services offers the best chance of a successful quit attempt. 

We would like all partners to drive smokers to the local Stop Smoking Services throughout September so that they can help smokers with their preparations for quitting on 1st October and give support to maximise their chances of success.

Campaign resources will be available from the Public Health England resource centre by the end of September. However One Small Step will be sending out materials to stakeholders at the end of August that you can use to engage your workforce and local communities.

Please share what you have planned for Stoptober this year by getting in contact with the Smokefree Devon Alliance.

Latest from the Smokefree Devon Alliance Meeting

Smokfree Alliance Welcome

The latest Smokefree Devon Alliance meeting was held on 1st July. During the meeting we heard from Russ Moody (Regional Public Health England Health & Wellbeing Programme Lead) about the current evidence around e-cigarettes as a harm reduction approach to stopping smoking. We also heard from local NHS Trusts who updated the group on progress made towards becoming truly smoke-free sites and how they are increasing access to smoking cessation services. 

Natalie Winterton discussed Making Every Contact Count (MECC) and the role it can play in reducing smoking prevalence. Anyone interested in finding out more about the opportunities the MECC approach presents can find out more information on the Devon Health and Wellbeing website.

Minutes from the meeting have been shared. Please get in contact if you have not received them. You can see progress made by viewing the Action Plan.

The next Smokefree Devon Alliance meeting will be held at Devon County Council, County Hall on Monday 4th November 2019. Please get in touch if you would like to be added to the invitation list.

Resources to help towards a Smokefree NHS

Fresh has developed a communications guide for NHS Trusts. The new document provides information about the importance of creating a smokefree NHS, what this means in practice and how to communicate with staff, public and patients. Although produced initially for North East England this is essential reading for all NHS Trusts locally. Please share with your communications teams.

Smokefree NHS Comms Guide

Latest smoking statistics released

Public Health England have released the latest Local Tobacco Control Profiles. For England, this shows another 0.5% decline in smoking prevalence amongst the adult population from last year to 14.4%.(13.4% for Devon down from 13.5%).

England has seen a slight increase in the percentage of women recorded as smokers at the time of delivery for the year up to 10.8% from 10.7%. The figure for Devon makes for better reading down from 12.3% to 11.5%. This means there is a lot of work to do to meet the current National Tobacco Control Plan ambition of reducing the rate of smoking throughout pregnancy to 6% by 2022.

Smoking prevalence

This prevalence data is available regionally and locally from here.

August 2019

Signposting young people to local stop smoking services

A reminder that the Specialist Stop Smoking Service can support clients from the age of 12.

You can find out all referral and contact details for these services on the Smokefree Devon website.

Local Stop Smoking Services

New training dates for GP and Pharmacy settings 

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.

New resources to help Midwifery teams to support smokefree pregnancies

Smokefree Pregnancy

National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training (NCSCT) and Public Health England (PHE) have collaborated to develop new e-learning resources for professionals focussed on Very Brief Advice (VBA) and Carbon Monoxide monitoring.

The Smoking in Pregnancy Challenge Group have also created new resources for the South West Local Maternity Service. These include overviews of SATOD, e-cigarette case studies and key policies to help tackle smoking prevalence. More details here.

Online information for advisors

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

Smokefree Devon Website

Smokefree Devon Alliance

For the latest information about tobacco control within Devon please visit the Smokefree Devon website.

Check out 'Information for professionals' to find details about upcoming smoking cessation training, how to refer to local stop smoking services, contract information, as well as all the latest updates from the Smokefree Devon Alliance.

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