South Yorkshire smokers urged to quit

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Smokers across South Yorkshire are being encouraged to quit the habit as the Stoptober campaign is ready to be launched next month.

South Yorkshire Tobacco Control Collaborative – a joint initiative by Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield Councils – is backing the national quitting challenge, which coincides with the ban on smoking in vehicles carrying children.

Councillor Pat Knight, Doncaster’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “Stoptober is a great opportunity for people to give up smoking and an ideal time for the government to launch the ban on smoking in vehicles with children, as it provides extra motivation and support for parents and carers who want to quit.

“Launching the ban on smoking in vehicles carrying children at the same time as Stoptober is a great way of reinforcing the message that people can take positive action to improve the quality of life for both themselves and for future generations.

“It is vital that parents understand why smoking in cars carrying children can be so dangerous and the new legislation is a move towards helping to protect children.”