The Local Government Declaration on Tobacco Control

The Local Government Declaration on Tobacco Control was developed by Newcastle City Council. It is a statement of a council’s commitment to ensure tobacco control is part of mainstream public health work and commits councils to taking comprehensive action to address the harm from smoking.

Since it was launched in May 2013, over 80 councils across the country have signed the Declaration.

In August 2014, a sister document to the Declaration, the NHS Statement of Support for Tobacco Control was launched to allow NHS organisations to show their support for tobacco control. This has now been superseded by the NHS Smokefree Pledge which was launched in January 2018.

Some of the signatories to the Declaration

Commitment

Endorsement

The Declaration commits councils to:

  • Reduce smoking prevalence and health inequalities
  • Develop plans with partners and local communities
  • Participate in local and regional networks
  • Support Government action at national level
  • Protect tobacco control work from the commercial and vested interests of the tobacco industry
  • Monitor the progress of our plans
  • Join the Smokefree Action Coalition
"This declaration has been developed to provide a very visible opportunity for local government: to publically acknowledge the significant challenge facing us; to voluntarily demonstrate a commitment to take action; and to publish a statement of our dedication to protect local communities from the harm caused by smoking."
Councillor Nick Forbes CBE
Leader of Newcastle City Council

Sign up and let us know

If you've got any questions about the Local Government Declaration on Tobacco Control, or if your council has signed up, don't hesitate to get in touch.

Local Government Declaration on Tobacco Control signatories...

Local Government Declaration Signatories

Local Government Date signed
Aylesbury Vale District CouncilDecember 2014
Barnsley CouncilFebruary 2014
Bath and North East Somerset Council
September 2013
Bedford Borough CouncilFebruary 2015
Birmingham City CouncilDecember 2013
Blaby District CouncilJanuary 2014
Blackburn with Darwen Council
January 2015
Blackpool Council
March 2015
Bolton Council
December 2013
Bradford Metropolitan District CouncilOctober 2014
Brighton & Hove City CouncilDecember 2013
Bristol City CouncilOctober 2013
Buckinghamshire County Council
December 2014
Bury Council
September 2016
Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council December 2013
Central Bedfordshire Council
July 2015
Cheshire East CouncilDecember 2013
Chesterfield Borough CouncilApril 2015
Chiltern District Council
December 2014
Coventry City Council
October 2013
Cumbria County Council
November 2013
Darlington Borough Council
October 2013
Derbyshire County Council
January 2015
Devon County Council
January 2014
Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council
April 2015
Dorset County Council
June 2014
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
December 2013
Durham County CouncilJanuary 2014
East Devon District Council
October 2014
East Lindsey District Council
September 2014
Gateshead Council
November 2013
Halton Borough Council
January 2014
Hambleton District Council
February 2014
Hartlepool Borough Council
August 2013
Herefordshire Council
October 2014
Hertfordshire County Council
Hinckley and Bosworth District Council
February 2014
Hull City Council
February 2015
Hyndburn Borough Council
November 2013
Kent County Council May 2015
Knowsley Council
May 2014
Lancashire County Council
December 2013
Leeds City Council
December 2014
Leicester City Council
October 2014
Liverpool City Council
September 2013
London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
March 2015
London Borough of Brent
November 2013
London Borough of CamdenApril 2014
London Borough of Croydon
June 2015
London Borough of Ealing
August 2014
London Borough of HackneyMarch 2014
London Borough of HaringeyFebruary 2016
London Borough of Hounslow
March 2014
London Borough of IslingtonMarch 2014
London Borough of Lambeth
December 2014
London Borough of Lewisham
December 2013
London Borough of Merton
December 2013
London Borough of Southwark
October 2013
London Borough of Tower Hamlets
January 2015
Luton Borough Council
June 2014
Manchester City Council
July 2013
Medway CouncilOctober 2018
Mendip District Council
December 2013
Mid Devon District Council
Middlesborough Council
June 2014
Milton Keynes Council
December 2014
Newcastle City Council
May 2013
North East Lincolnshire Council
October 2014
North Lincolnshire Council
June 2014
North Tyneside Council
December 2013
North Yorkshire County Council
September 2016
Northerumberland County Council
May 2015
Nottingham City Council
September 2014
Nottinghamshire Council
November 2014
Oldham Council
February 2014
Pendle Borough Council
March 2014
Plymouth City Council
February 2014
Portsmouth City Council
December 2013
Preston City Council
July 2014
Redcar and Cleveland Council
October 2013
Ribble Valley Borough Council
March 2015
Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council
October 2013
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
February 2014
Royal Borough of Greenwich
October 2013
Royal Borough of Kingston
July 2015
Salford City Council
July 2013
Sedgemoor District Council
February 2014
Sheffield City Council
January 2014
Somerset County Council
November 2013
South Bucks District Council
December 2014
South Gloucestershire
November 2015
South Hams District Council
January 2014
South Ribble Borough Council
February 2015
South Somerset District Council
January 2014
Southampton City Council
November 2013
St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council
August 2013
Stockport Council
March 2015
Stoke City CouncilDecember 2013
Suffolk County Council
July 2014
Surrey County Council
February 2014
Swindon Borough Council
September 2013
Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council March 2014
Taunton Deane Borough Council
December 2013
Teignbridge District Council
July 2014
Telford and Wrekin Council
March 2014
Thurrock Council
November 2013
Trafford Council
January 2014
Wakefield Council
April 2014
Warrington Borough Council
December 2013
Warwickshire County Council
July 2013
West Devon District Council
January 2014
West Somerset District Council
July 2014
Wiltshire County Council
December 2018
Wirral Borough Council
December 2013
Wolverhampton City Council
October 2014
Worcester City Council
Worcestershire County Council
February 2015
Wycombe District Council
December 2014
Wyre Forest District Council
February 2015
York City CouncilDecember 2013
“As the Minister responsible for public health, both I and the Chief Medical Officer applaud the initiative of Newcastle City Council in bringing forward their Declaration on Tobacco Control. We endorse this approach and encourage every local authority to sign-up and make a clear commitment to take action to reduce the rate of smoking tobacco in their local area.”
Anna Soubry MP
Public Health Minister at the time of the Declaration's launch