Have your say on future of stop-smoking services

(Published on 09/08/2017)

Views are being sought on the future of services to help smokers quit in Oxfordshire, with one in eight people still lighting up in the county.

The county council's Public Health team commissions a range of stop-smoking services. Current contracts with GPs, pharmacies and other providers are due to come to an end and the team is thinking about what the new services might look like from April 2018.

Smoking rates in Oxfordshire have fallen steadily and are currently lower than the national average, but it is thought around 65,000 people have yet to kick the habit. Meanwhile smoking remains the main cause of preventable death across the UK.

Consultation options

The council is seeking views on a number of options, including ongoing GP and pharmacy-based services and targeted support for priority groups of smokers. Other options being considered include online and telephone support, and prevention and education programmes targeted at young people.

The consultation, which runs until 17 August, will help inform decision-making on the nature of stop-smoking services provided in Oxfordshire in the future.

For more information and to have your say, please visit the county council website.