Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Housing & Community Safety Select Committee (ceased to operate 03/06/2015) Minutes

Date:
Thursday, 22nd November, 2012
Time:
1.00pm
Place:
Jim Cooke Conference Suite, Stockton Central Library, Church Road, Stockton, TS18 1AU
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr Julia Cherrett(Chairman), Cllr Derrick Brown(Vice-Chairman), Cllr Michael Clark, Cllr Evaline Cunningham, Cllr Robert Gibson, Cllr Andrew Sherris, Cllr David Wilburn
Officers:
Dave Kitching(DNS), Peter Kelly, Victoria Cooling, Ruby Poppleton(CESC), Graham Birtle, Sarah Whaley(LD)
In Attendance:
Ailsa Rutter (FRESH NE)
Apologies for absence:
Cllr Mohammed Javed, Cllr Tina Large
Item Description Decision
Public
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DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
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MINUTES OF THE MEETING WHICH WAS HELD ON THE 19TH JULY 2012.
AGREED that the minutes be signed.
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DRAFT MINUTES FROM THE MEETING WHICH WAS HELD ON THE 25TH OCTOBER 2012.
AGREED that the minutes be approved.
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REVIEW OF TOBACCO CONTROL
AGREED that the information be noted.
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WORK PROGRAMME
AGREED that the information be noted.
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CHAIR'S UPDATE
 
1.00pm -

Preamble

ItemPreamble
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Cllr Evaline Cunningham declared a personal interest in relation to item 5, 'Review of Tobacco Control'. Cllr Cunningham was the wife of local MP Alex Cunningham who had put forward a bill to the House of Commons to stop smoking in vehicles where children were present. Reference was made to this during the discussion of this item.

Peter Kelly Director of Public Health, indicated to the Committee that he was on the Board of Trustees for ASH (Action on Smoking and Health), in relation to item 5, the 'Review of Tobacco Control'.
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Consideration was given to the minutes of the meeting which was held on the 19th July 2012 for signature.
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Consideration was given to the draft minutes of the meeting which was held on the 25th October 2012 for approval.
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Members received information regarding the Review of Tobacco Control from officers of NHS Stockton-on-Tees and the Director of FRESH North East(NE).

The Director of Public Health presented the Committee with an overview of the impact smoking had on health, highlighting the following points:

- The differential impact of smoking on the health of more disadvantaged communities.

- That 5000 premature deaths were directly related to smoking in the North East.

- Smoking was linked to more diseases than just cancer such as Cardiovascular Disease(CVD) and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder(COPD).

- Over 80% of people suffering from COPD were smokers.

- The risks associated with smoking during pregnancy.

- Children who were exposed to smoking in the home were more likely to become ill than those that did not.

Members were presented with data which highlighted smoking prevalence by ward in the Stockton area. Although the information was collated in 2010, Members were informed that the pattern had not substantially changed to date.

- The Committee heard that there had been a 10% drop in smoking during pregnancy, though the local rates were still higher than the national average.

- There was a high prevalence of smoking in people with mental health issues, and those in prison and probation services.

Issues surrounding young people and smoking were discussed. In particular, whether all age groups were being targeted with public health messages about smoking, especially those aged between 16 and 19.

Members asked if school nurses were still running cessation clinics within schools. It was noted that young people were being signposted to local stop smoking services if they required support to stop smoking. The Committee was informed that additional data in relation to young people and smoking would be available at a future meeting of this committee.

The Director of FRESH NE provided the Committee with information on the work the organisation had undertaken since it began, highlighting key points as follows:

- The approach and model FRESH NE used. Working to demoralise tobacco use making it less desirable, accessible and affordable.

- The need for further regulation around tobacco products.

- Promotion of health benefits and cost effectiveness of stopping smoking.

- Recognising that stop smoking services were not designed to be prevalence reduction services.

- Although the vast majority of young people did not smoke, most smokers started in childhood. The need to enable young people to stop smoking and preferably never start was still required.

- It was recognised that smoking was the biggest killer in the North East and the area had the highest percentage of smokers in the UK, although it had the best stop smoking services available.

- The North East had seen double the national decline in smokers in recent years and no longer had the highest rate of smoking in England.

- Much progress had been made in the reduction of smoking related mortality, in particular Coronary Heart Disease had seen a drop of 32.2% from 2005 to 2010 and Acute Myocardial Infarction had seen a 38.6% drop during the same period.

- There was a risk that when the level of smokers had dropped below 20% it could be perceived that FRESH NE had completed a successful programme. It was stressed that the programme must focus and continue locally, as there would still be too many people suffering from smoking related illnesses.

- Members heard that there was four major tobacco companies worldwide and they had to work to recruit new smokers which were mainly young people, to replace the half of long term smokers who died prematurely, and also those who managed to quit.

- The Committee was informed that the tobacco industry was producing more appealing and sophisticated packaging such as packaging which resembled perfume boxes. This made it even more important that standardised packaging be introduced.

- Australia had already set the international standard by introducing standardised packaging and their hard hitting campaigns had seen the smoking prevalence decline faster than anywhere else.

- It was highlighted that there was an international treaty, the 'Framework Convention on Tobacco Control', in relation to tobacco which stated that Central and Local Government should not invest in tobacco. Members enquired about local pension arrangements and investment into tobacco companies.

- The short and long term key priorities of FRESH NE were highlighted with the aim that with the right policies and promotion smoking would eventually become a thing of the past.

The Health Improvement Specialist presented the Committee with an overview of the Local Approach to Tobacco Control highlighting: points:

- Information about the Stockton Smoke Free Alliance

- The 8 key themes of the Local Tobacco Control Approach which included reducing exposure to second hand smoke. Members discussed the current bill which had recently been presented to the House of Commons by local MP for Stockton North, Alex Cunningham, calling for a ban on smoking in cars carrying one or more child.

- The 7 Step campaign to deal with second hand smoke.

- Increased awareness of the stop smoking service.

Discussion took place in relation to electronic cigarettes and whether they were considered to be a safe aid to help people stop smoking. Members heard that as yet no clinical trials had been carried out to confirm they were safe to use. Currently there was no legislation in place and until such a time members were advised that there were other regulated nicotine products available to help smokers quit. FRESH NE were hosting a meeting on the 12th December focusing on harm reduction and e-cigarettes which members were welcome to attend.
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The Scrutiny Officer informed the Committee that the next meeting of this Committee would be held on the 20th December 2012.

Future topics in relation to the Review of Tobacco Control would focus on smoking and young people, the Stop Smoking Service, smoking in pregnancy and opportunities to address tobacco control and smoking within secondary health care settings. Officers working in these areas would present information.
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There was no update.

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