Hertfordshire health chiefs push to help youngsters quit smoking

Giving up smoking
Giving up smoking

The health of young people in Hertfordshire is to take priority after County Hall vowed to take measures to stop them smoking.

Although figures show the number of child smokers in the county is low compared to others, Herts County Council believes more could be done to cut it still further.

Teresa Heritage, cabinet member for public health and localism, said: “There is still a lot of work to do with young people to prevent them from smoking in the first place.”

Results from last year revealed that 95 per cent of nine to 15-year-olds do not smoke, and County Hall chief believe that shows the current curriculum programmes – including campaigns with No Smoking Day and workbooks – are having an effect.

A new initiative will see a new ‘smoke free homes and cars’ scheme being implemented, which will focus on protecting young people from the dangers of second-hand smoke and encouraging parents to be aware of the affects of smoking on children.