Smoking in South Tyneside will come under the spotlight when a council committee meets next week.
The People Select Committee has set-up a Scrutiny Commission to look at the issue of smoking across the borough.
The meeting will look at how the commission will work, how long it will last and what it should focus on.
Coun John McCabe, Committee Chairman, said: “Smoking is one of the main causes of death and illness in the UK, with around 100,000 people dying every year from smoking. More people are admitted to hospital in South Tyneside with smoking related issues than anywhere else in the country. The single biggest thing a person can do to improve their health is to quit smoking.
“As a council we want to ensure we are doing everything we can to reduce the number of smokers in the Borough and the risk of serious smoking related diseases. Research has shown people are four times more likely to succeed in stopping smoking if they get support. We will look at what we can do to improve services in order to promote healthier lifestyle choices and increase people’s awareness of the harmful effects of smoking.”
The Committee will also receive a presentation from Sandra Sutton and Helena Lelew, Care Quality Commission (CQC) Inspection Managers, updating members about the CQC’s new approach to regulating, inspecting and rating of health and social care services.
The public are invited to attend the next meeting of the People Select Committee, which takes place on Tuesday, at 10am, in the Council Chamber at Jarrow Town Hall.