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



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” Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chair of the LGA Community Wellbeing Board, Oxfordshire County Council

To join the Smokefree Councillor Network or if you have any enquiries, please e-mail


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


Resources for Councillor Members

Making the case for local tobacco control – This short briefing summarises for councillors the key reasons why local authorities should take comprehensive action on tobacco control and why it remains top of the agenda.

Councillors’ briefings – This series of briefings for councillors provide short summaries of key topics relating to local authority tobacco control such as Stop Smoking Services, health inequalities and illicit tobacco.

Ready Reckoner Tool 2018 – Calculate the costs of smoking to your local area (including ward level data) with our Ready Reckoner. The tool is easy to use and provides costs of smoking to society, the NHS, social care and smokers themselves. You can view notes on the tool’s methodology here.

Smoking and Poverty Calculator – See how smoking exacerbates and drives poverty in your locality with ASH’s Smoking and Poverty Calculator. With income and tobacco expenditure taken into account, this tool provides an estimate of the number of households and individuals that could be elevated out of poverty through tobacco expenditure returned to the household.

Annual Tobacco Control Report – Reports written by ASH and commissioned by Cancer Research UK on the state of funding for, and provision of, local authority tobacco control measures and smoking cessation services in England since the transfer of public health from the NHS to councils in 2013.

Health Inequalities Resource Pack – A series of briefings on population groups affected by smoking related health inequalities such as homeless individuals, the LGBT community, those with long-term conditions and mental health conditions, amongst others.

Local public opinion 2017/18 – These regional briefings provide a short digest of public opinion from recent YouGov surveys on key topics such as smoking in the home, support for new legislation and trust in the tobacco industry.

FCTC Article 5.3 Toolkit – Local authorities have a duty to protect their public health policies from the vested and commercial interests of the tobacco industry. This toolkit explains the UK’s obligations under the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), why we treat the tobacco industry differently and what steps local authorities should be taking to do so.