Help for Hampshire pupils to quit smoking

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THE NHS is giving secondary school staff help to encourage pupils to give up smoking and stay smoke-free.

New resources have been developed for secondary schools by Smoke Free Hampshire and are being funded for use in the county by NHS Hampshire.

The new smoking toolkit for schools includes lesson plans and presentations for pupils, which cover topics including smoking and the related effects on health and the environment, the laws and rules around tobacco and smoking, tobacco production and marketing, and the social and economic effects of smoking.

Neil Luckett, the health improvement partnership and programme manager for NHS Hampshire, said: ‘This toolkit is an exciting development for schools in Hampshire and will fill an important role in ensuring that we are doing all we can to educate and inform young people about tobacco risks and reducing their uptake of the habit.’