Tobacco control

A comprehensive package of evidence-based action that is implemented at a local level, driving down rates of tobacco use in North Yorkshire.

You can view local tobacco control profiles here


North Yorkshire tobacco control steering group

The North Yorkshire tobacco control steering group was formed in 2014 and is made up of a range of partners from public health, district councils, clinical commissioning groups, specialist services and trading standards. The group meets on a quarterly basis.

The steering group was established to undertake action across all areas of tobacco control.

A  North Yorkshire tobacco control strategy 2015-25 was developed, consulted upon and signed off by the health and wellbeing board on 30 September 2015. The strategy has five key priorities:

  1. Prevention for children and young people;
  2. Normalise a smoke free lifestyle;
  3. Reduce illegal tobacco in the community;
  4. Support smokers to quit and reduce smoking in pregnancy; and
  5. Carry out marketing and communication programmes.

Key areas of work include introducing smokefree play areas across the county, working with trading standards to reduce illicit tobacco in our communities and to prevent underage sales, running campaigns on social media, developing best practice for smokefree schools policies, and promoting the opportunities presented by the introduction of plain packaging for tobacco products.

Outcomes from the strategy will be monitored through the performance outcome framework. This includes performance outcomes measures to track how effectively the strategy is being implemented.

The North Yorkshire tobacco control steering group is a proud champion of the 'Breathe 2025' campaign. The 'Breathe 2025' vision is to see the next generation of children born and raised in a place free from tobacco, where smoking is unusual. You can find out more about the campaign and make a pledge here


North Yorkshire Tobacco Control Reports: One and Two Years On

 The following reports summarise work undertaken in the two years since the North Yorkshire Tobacco Control strategy was launched.

North Yorkshire tobacco control report 2016: one year on

North Yorkshire tobacco control report 2017: two years on

Key achievements include: undertaking an illicit tobacco survey, re-commissioning the stop smoking service, initiation of the Baby Clear programme, the roll out of smoke free playgrounds and a number of successful communications campaigns including Breathe 2025 and 16 Cancers campaign, on a regional level. The reports also details priorities for the coming year and an update on progress made towards the vision of a smokefree generation by 2025.


New Smokefreelife North Yorkshire service

The provision of a high quality stop smoking service is a high priority for reducing health inequalities and improving the health of local populations. Stop smoking services are extremely cost-effective and form a key part of tobacco control and health inequalities policies at both local and national levels.

Smokers are up to four times more likely to quit using a local stop smoking service than quitting unaided.

North Yorkshire County Council commissions a free stop smoking service through Solutions4Health called Smokefreelife North Yorkshire. Professionals and individuals can access the service via the single point of contact below.

A range of free support is available including drop-in clinics, group sessions, telephone or online support or weekly one-to-one appointments with free supply of nicotine replacement therapy. Home visits are available too. The service's specialist pregnancy coordinator, Lorraine Dodd, offers a one-to-one service to pregnant women who smoke and their partners.

For more information call 0800 246 5215 or 01609 663023 or text QUIT to 66777.

For more information, please visit  or for additional hints and tips to quit smoking 'like' us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @northyorks_sfl . You can find your closest clinic here.


A re-procurement process for this service is currently underway. Visit our Stop Smoking Service page to find out more.