UNDER age sales of tobacco is just one of the issues being tackled
in Warrington in a joint initiative between the Council's Trading
Standards and the Primary Care Trust (PCT). In the United Kingdom
about 450 children start smoking every day and more than 80% of
smokers take up the habit as teenagers.
In Warrington, the Council's Trading Standards and the PCT have
joined forces to address some of the issues relating to tobacco and
smoking and to help young people and adults kick the habit. Trading
Standards has recently secured funding for a Tobacco Control Project
Officer to help tackle issues and a key focus will be under age
sales of tobacco and reducing the numbers of young people who start
smoking. Trading Standards will seek to work with traders to improve
compliance and assist them to address the issues around young people
Actions such as this that prevent access to tobacco by young people
have been proven to reduce the numbers starting to smoke and make it
difficult for young smokers to continue. Trading Standards will also
work with the PCT's Stop Smoking Service, which supports both adults
and young people who wish to stop smoking. For young people there is
a drop-in centre at Connexions at the Gateway, Sankey Street
Warrington on Tuesday afternoons between 3.30pm and 5.30pm. To
contact the Stop Smoking Service telephone 01925 843713.
Cllr Maureen Banner, Executive Board Member for Wellbeing, said:-
"This joint initiative between the Council and the PCT will
tackle a range of issues around tobacco, in addition to under age
sales and support for young people who wish to stop smoking the
emerging issue of counterfeit cigarettes that pose added health risk
to smokers will be an area of this work".
Inbound Flights to Brilliant Blackpool a Sell Out
economy is already benefiting from Friday’s Jet2.com launch at
the town’s airport, with the inaugural inbound flight from Belfast
full to 148-seat capacity and many other dates close to selling out.
The North’s low cost airline launches its sixth base at Blackpool on
Friday 4 November, creating around 50 new jobs, with the company
basing one of its 148-seater Boeing 737 aircraft at the airport from
The airline, whose inaugural destination is Belfast, will complement
this with services to Murcia (Alicante) and Palma in spring 2006 and
the prospect of even more destinations to follow!
Jet2.com boss, Philip Meeson, said:- “We are absolutely
delighted to be adding Blackpool to our extensive portfolio of
Northern bases and are hugely encouraged – as should the region be –
with the sell-out of our first ever inbound flight to Blackpool. The
people of Northern Ireland certainly rate Brilliant Blackpool as one
of their top holiday destinations.
Other key holiday dates are also nearing capacity and with four
flights arriving every week from the capital of Northern Ireland,
the economic development of Blackpool and the wider region should be
We urge people to book now in order to avoid disappointment.
In addition, our marketing of Blackpool and the North West region in
Northern Ireland and Spain will raise the profile of the area as
wonderful tourist destination.
Whilst we are
generating inward investment, it is clear that the people of the
region are keen to travel overseas, low cost and from their local
airport, as sales on our outbound services are filling up fast.
Belfast sales are going well whilst forward bookings on next
spring’s Murcia (Alicante) and Palma launches are also encouraging,
so we’d advise holidaymakers to book early to make the most of the
lowest fares from Blackpool airport.”
In a national poll recently, Belfast was voted the second best city
in the UK, up three places from the same survey 12 months ago. The
city is undergoing something of a modern revival with smart bars,
trendy restaurants and city living aplenty. What’s more, the city
also makes a great low cost gateway to North West Ireland and
everything that it has to offer.