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Gloucestershire smoke-free compliance levels among the highest in England.

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Recent figures suggest Gloucestershire has one of the highest levels of smoke-free compliance anywhere in the country.

The figures submitted from all six local authorities in Gloucestershire show an extremely high level of people and premises stubbing their cigarettes out. As a whole, Gloucestershire made 3204 visits to businesses between July 1st – September 30th, returning smokefree premises of 99.75% and signage compliance at 82.8%.

And around England, the national picture is also very strong, with nationwide compliance reported at 97.8% for smokefree premises, and 83.3% of premises displaying the required signage.

Lizzie Willis, a Smokefree Enforcement Officer, explained how keen people were to follow the new rules:

“We have had to issue a few verbal and written warnings, but so far haven’t needed to issue any fines – in fact the vast majority of people are enjoying the new legislation.”

Cabinet member for Housing and Health, Andrew Gravells said:

“Being an ex-smoker myself I understand how difficult it is to break the habit. I want to thank both the residents and businesses of Gloucester for their cooperation and efforts to make the new no smoking law a success. Gloucester has adapted extremely well and has become a healthier city in which to live, work and socialise.”

“These results are very good news for the county”, said Shona Arora, Director of Public Health.

“In the year following Scotland’s smokefree legislation, hospital admissions due to heart attacks were halved,” she said.

“If we can achieve similar successes we will have moved a long way to improve public health within the County”.

Tim Dowan, the county’s smoke free liaison officer, added:

“Gloucestershire’s businesses have embraced the new laws and taken a very positive approach to the changes, but, while we are very happy with the results, we can’t afford to be complacent.

“Winter is coming and people could be tempted to light up inside to protect themselves from the elements. However, we will continue to be vigilant and remind people that anyone found smoking in a place where they shouldn’t is likely to receive a fine of £50 and anyone allowing smoking in a place required to be smokefree could receive a fine of up to £2500.”

Kate Gegg of Gloucestershire Smoking Advice Service added:

“People are fed up with having to nip outside for a cigarette; we have a team of professional stop-smoking specialists who are ready and waiting to help them stop.”

You can contact Gloucestershire Smoking Advice Service on 08454 22 00 40 or contact Tim Dowan, Smokefree Public Places Liaison Officer, on 07985 126601

Feel safe and sound with Cotswold Council-run classes

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Betty Pollard exercisingA special scheme set up by Cotswold District Council to help older people get fit and feel more confident is proving a new lease of life for many.

Active and Able was first launched in Autumn 2005 and boasts 23 weekly classes in postural stability and Tai Chi at 13 different venues. The classes, designed to help reduce the risk of falls, improve balance problems and help people with bone problems, are all run by trained fitness instructors.

Classes have a range of participants, both male and female, and not only do they provide health and fitness boosts, but they also help members find new friends and rediscover lost confidence.

Betty Pollard from South Cerney is one resident who has been reaping the benefits of the Active and Able scheme. The 86-year-old has been attending Wednesday afternoon classes for almost two years after suffering a series of nasty falls. The former tailor and shop assistant said:

“I had lost my confidence completely and these classes have helped me a lot, because my confidence is slowly coming back.
“It’s so important at my age to be able to be independent and be out and about and I’m sure these experiences are helping me.”

All classes run for an hour, and a typical session would involve a warm up exercise – to stretch arms, legs and knees – before taking part in a range of stamina and balance exercises.

Each class costs £2.80 per session, which includes health and fitness assessments.
If you think these classes could be for you, please contact Jeanette Hughes at Cotswold District Council on 01285 623450.

For a full list of the classes on offer, please visit Cotswold District Council’s website at www.cotswold.gov.uk

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