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The Smokefree Councillor Network launched in February 2019 and is coordinated by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) with support from Fresh.

Ambition

Through concerted evidence-based action at international, national, regional and local levels, adult smoking prevalence has been reduced by over a quarter in the last decade to its lowest ever recorded level of 14.9% in England, saving thousands of lives and years lived with disability. However, smoking remains the largest cause of preventable death and disease and the single largest cause of health inequalities in England.

The Smokefree Councillor Network was established in recognition of the key role of local leadership in redressing these inequalities and achieving the Government’s ambition of a smokefree generation.

The Smokefree Councillor Network’s aims are aligned with the Local Government Declaration on Tobacco Control. The Declaration is a public commitment to a range of measures ensuring tobacco control is part of mainstream public health work and commits councils to taking comprehensive action to address the harm from smoking.

ABOUT THE NETWORK

The network is a cross-party group of elected members committed to achieving comprehensive local government action on tobacco and the elimination of the harm it causes in our communities. The network has launched with the membership and support of the LGA Community Wellbeing Board’s leadership:

"With smoking still the single largest cause of preventable death and disease across our communities, the Smokefree Councillor Network is a very welcome and worthwhile endeavour"
Counillor Ian Hudspeth
Chair of the LGA Community Wellbeing Board, Oxfordshire County Council

Smokefree Councillor Network members

Name Local Authority
Cllr Ian HudspethChair of the LGA Community Wellbeing Board, Oxfordshire County Council
Cllr Paulette HamiltonVice-Chair of the LGA Community Wellbeing Board, Birmingham City Council
Cllr Richard Kemp CBEDeputy Chair of the LGA Community Wellbeing Board, Liverpool City Council
Mayor Kate AllsopDeputy Chair of the LGA Community Wellbeing Board, Mansfield District Council
Cllr Louise GittinsCabinet Member for Public Health, Cheshire West and Chester Council
Cllr Feryal DemirciCabinet Member for Health, Social Care, Transport and Parks, Hackney Council
Cllr Bev CraigExecutive Member for Adult Health and Wellbeing, Manchester City Council
Cllr Susan MastersCabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care, Newham Council
Cllr Charlie EdwardsLead Member for Health and Adult Services, Lancashire County Council
Cllr Shaun TurnerCabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Lancashire County Council
Cllr Musarrat KhanCabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Kirklees Council
Cllr Gwen LunnCabinet Member for Adult Services and Public Health, Hull City Council
Cllr Maureen McLaughlinExecutive Board Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, Warrington Borough Council
Cllr Elaine CostiganCabinet Member for Public Health and Protection, Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Cllr Judith LloydExecutive Member for Health and Wellbeing, Trafford Council
Cllr Margaret ThompsonPortfolio Holder for Adult Social Care, Kingston Council
Cllr Pat CallaghanCabinet Member for Tackling Health Inequalities and Promoting Independence, Camden Council
Cllr Janet Burgess MBEExecutive Member for Health and Adult Social Care, Islington Council
Cllr Kamran CaanCabinet Member for Public Health and Sport, Coventry City Council
Cllr Lynne CaffreyChair of Gateshead Health and Wellbeing Board, Gateshead Council
Cllr Gary HaleyCabinet Member for Children and Young People, Gateshead Council
Cllr Jackie FloydAssistant Executive Member for Public Health, Blackburn with Darwen Council
Cllr Wendy CocksAssistant Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Rochdale Council
Cllr Mary FoyCabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Gateshead Council
Cllr Veronica JonesPortfolio Holder for Adult Wellbeing & Health, Northumberland County Council
Cllr Asher CraigDeputy Mayor with responsibility for Communities, Bristol City Council
Cllr David RocheCabinet Member for Adult Services and Public Health, Rotherham Council
Cllr Tobin ByersCabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, Merton Council
Cllr Wayne FitzgeraldCabinet Member for Integrated Adult Social Care and Health, Peterborough City Council
Cllr Jerry WickhamCabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Public Health and Public Protection, Wiltshire County Council
Cllr Graham GibbensCabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, Kent County Council
Cllr Kim McGuinnessCabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Public Health, Newcastle City Council
Cllr Trish BradyChair of the Smoke Free North Tyneside Alliance, North Tyneside Council
Cllr Tracey DixonDeputy Leader and Lead Member for Independence and Wellbeing, South Tyneside Council
“As Cabinet member for Health and Social Care and Mental Health Champion for Birmingham City Council, I am committed to tackling smoking, the largest driver of the 10-20 year reduced life expectancy for people with mental health conditions. I am proud to be joining the Smokefree Councillor Network.”
Councillor Paulette Hamilton
Vice-Chair of the LGA Community Wellbeing Board, Birmingham City Council

Join the Smokefree Councillor Network

To join, or for any enquiries, please get in touch via email

Resources for members

Tools and resources for Smokefree Councillor Network members