Partners Unite to Make Smoking History in Greater Manchester
Last week, over 100 passionate public health leaders gathered to review and reaffirm their commitment to Greater Manchester's Make Smoking History programme.
This initiative has proven to be a powerful force in reducing smoking prevalence across the city region, outpacing progress in any other area in England - a testament to the programme's impact and success.
Chaired by Professor Sanjay Agrawal, the event featured prominent speakers, including Debbie Watson, Director of Public Health at Tameside Council, who laid out the inspiring vision for a smokefree Greater Manchester. Andrea Crossfield, the Making Smoking History Lead for Greater Manchester’s Integrated Care Partnership, shared invaluable insights from smokers, quitters, and communities that have been integral to the programme’s remarkable achievements.
Dr Sarah Jackson, Principal Research Fellow at University College London, presented key findings from the academic evaluation of the Making Smoking History programme so far, further validating its positive impact on the health of local residents.
The event also heard from Martin Dockrell, National Tobacco Control Lead at the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), and Hazel Cheeseman, Deputy Chief Executive at Action on Smoking and Health (ASH). Their pioneering efforts in implementing regional tobacco control policies and innovative smoking cessation services have set an example for the nation – and they recognised the work taking place in Greater Manchester as a leading example among regional colleagues.
It follows another visit earlier this month from Tara O’Rourke of the Partnership for Healthy Cities network, who travelled all the way from New York to see progress on Greater Manchester’s all-new smokefree space – Mayfield Park. Such recognition and interest from international organisations further demonstrate the programme’s global impact and influence.
This event stands as a powerful testament to the significance of collaboration between the NHS, Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise sectors and local governments, showcasing their unwavering dedication to driving real change and creating a healthier, smokefree future for all residents.