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SMOKEFREE LEGISLATION: FREE TRAINING FOR ENGLISH LOCAL AUTHORITIES

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The Department of Health has awarded the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) a contract to train all...
The Department of Health has awarded the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) a contract to train all local authorities in England to support the successful implementation of the landmark smokefree legislation to come into force in summer 2007.

The training, free to local authorities, will ensure that all regulatory officers responsible for implementing the provisions of the smokefree legislation in England have the knowledge, practical skills and strategies to achieve maximum and consistent compliance.

Starting in October, training events will be rolled out across England on a regional basis to support nearly five hundred service planners and over a thousand regulatory officers in English local authorities.

Speaking at the CIEH's annual conference in Bournemouth last month, Andrew Black who leads the Smokefree Legislation Team at the Department of Health said: 'The smokefree provisions of the Health Act 2006 will make a significant contribution to public health.

'The contract to deliver training to support local authorities to prepare for smokefree legislation has been awarded to the CIEH in recognition of the Institute's reputation and experience in promoting public health, and its unique position to deliver training to the people in local authorities who will be key to the successful implementation of this legislation.'

The training events will help to achieve a consistent approach to the implementation of smokefree legislation across England, and will be provided free of charge to local authorities'.

Graham Jukes, CIEH chief executive, commented: 'The smokefree provisions of the Health Act are one of the most important pieces of public health legislation in our generation.

'We have been campaigning for smokefree environments for over 20 years and worked closely with the Department of Health and our partners to influence the development of smokefree legislation. We are proud and delighted to have now been given a key role in ensuring that compliance is transparent, consistent and based on risk'.

The training programme is the largest of its kind to support smoke freedom in the UK. It will be delivered by the CIEH Events Division headed by Catherine Horsfield and policy team member Ian Gray as lead trainer. The Trading Standards Institute, the Local Government Association, LACORS and the Tobacco Control Collaborating Centre, welcome and support the initiative as a major step in ensuring that the local authorities have the best resources available to assist them in implementing the legislation consistently and seamlessly across England.

The CIEH is calling all local authority officers responsible for service planning to register their interest so that they may be contacted with relevant information on the training.

To download a form, go to www.cieh.org, select Events and Publications and follow the links.

Notes

- Consultation on proposed regulations to be made under powers in the Health Act 2006 was launched on 17 July 2006 and closes on 9 October 2006. The implementation date for the Health Act is Summer 2007. A copy of the consultation can be downloaded from the Department of Health's website: www.dh.gov.uk/consultations

- The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health has been campaigning for smoke freedom in the UK for over 20 years. Key initiatives include: articulating the health and safety case for a comprehensive ban on smoking; assisting the establishment of the Smokefree Coalition; developing a Smoke Freedom Toolkit; running seminars on the implementation of no smoking policies; submitting evidence to government administrations; lobbying in the House of Commons; raising public awareness through ongoing media campaigns.

- In August 2006, the CIEH and partners of the Smokefree Coalition were the inaugural recipients of the Global Smokefree Partnership Award for outstanding campaigning at the 13th World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Washington, DC, USA.

- The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) is the professional voice for environmental health. It ensures the highest standards of professional competence in its members, in the belief that through environmental health action people's health can be improved

- The CIEH represents nearly 10,500 environmental health practitioners working in the public, private and non-profit sectors. For more information about the CIEH visit www.cieh.org

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