Celebrations planned in Hoyland for first smoke-free high street

A smoke-free celebration is coming to Hoyland's high street on Friday 1 October to mark the start of Stoptober.

In 2019, research was carried out to look at the impact of smoking on the high street in Hoyland which found that 96 per cent of people choose not to smoke there.

To celebrate becoming the first voluntary smoke-free high street in Barnsley, artist Ben Mosley was commissioned to create a painting and mural in Hoyland, which captures the spirit of both the place and the people.

The celebration starts at 10am in front of the Heron building for the unveiling of the mural and the event will run until 2pm, including live music and several stalls promoting good health.

We're committed to seeing the next generation of children growing up in Barnsley in a place free from tobacco and where smoking is unusual. We have created smoke-free playparks, smoke-free town centre zones, smoke-free markets and smoke-free primary schools to help achieve this.

Councillor Jim Andrews, Cabinet Spokesperson for Public Health, said: "We're thrilled that Hoyland has achieved this statistic of 96 per cent of people choosing not to smoke on the high street. It's great that the area is continuing the brilliant work at other smoke-free zones across Barnsley.

"The event is open to all our residents, who are welcome to attend the celebration and enjoy what we have to offer on the day, including a range of stalls and activities.

"We want to ensure smoking becomes almost invisible to protect children's health. Children and young people are influenced by adult behaviour and are less likely to start smoking if they do not view it as a normal part of everyday life.

"Support for people in our borough to stop smoking is available through Yorkshire Smokefree; just search 'Barnsley Yorkshire Smokefree' online to find out more."

Stoptober is the biggest mass-quit attempt for smoking in the country and has helped more than two million people quit smoking since its launch in 2012.

The NHS Yorkshire Smokefree service, meanwhile, has over 100 clinics across the region, with telephone and online help available.

Support is also available through daily emails and text alerts, Facebook messenger and encouragement from the Yorkshire Smokefree online community on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

All support is completely free and confidential, and six out of ten people who access the service quit for good. Yorkshire Smokefree can support quitters with free cessation products, such as stop smoking aids, prescription medication and Nicotine Replacement Therapies.

If you're interested in stopping smoking or have questions about the NHS Yorkshire Smokefree service, please call 0800 6120011 or 0330 6601166 to speak to an advisor.

For more information, visit the Stoptober or Yorkshire Smokefree websites.

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