Council chiefs have put pen to paper in a commitment to reducing the harm caused by smoking.
Bedford Borough Council has this week signed the Local Government Declaration on Tobacco Control.
Councillor Colleen Atkins, who oversees adults’ services and community wellbeing, said: “Signing the declaration on tobacco control is a response to the enormous harm smoking causes to our society.
“We are committed to ensuring tobacco control is part of mainstream public health work. Not only does smoking cut short lives, it damages local communities and economies.”
Director of policy for action on smoking and health Hazel Cheeseman said: “Tackling tobacco can transform lives and communities, reduce inequalities and put cash back in the pockets of those who need it most.
“We’re delighted Bedford Borough Council has joined councils across England in signing the declaration and committing to reduce the harm caused by smoking.”
>For more information and advice on giving up smoking call the team at Bedford Borough’s Stop Smoking service on 0800 013 0553 and select option two.