Laura

I am the Practitioner for Tobacco Control, based within the Stop Smoking Service. I have held various roles within the service for 10+ years.

I currently work alongside the Stop Smoking Team to develop and deliver the Tobacco Control Strategy for Milton Keynes, Bedford Borough, and Central Bedfordshire.

My aims for the Tobacco Control Strategy are to support the current stop smoking service in working towards a smoke free generation in Milton Keynes, Bedford Borough, and Central Bedfordshire. We will achieve this by:

  • Working with Trading Standards to reduce demand for and supply of illicit and illegal tobacco and vapes.
  • Ensuring every smoker has access and opportunities to get support to help them quit smoking.
  • Embedding tobacco control as a key priority for all relevant stakeholder policy and procedures acrossMilton Keynes, Bedford Borough, and Central Bedfordshire.
  • Protecting children and young people and non-smokers by increasing the number of smoke free open spaces across Milton Keynes, Bedford Borough, and Central Bedfordshire
  • Providing clear messages about youth vaping and consistent guidance for parents, carers’ and professionals to manage and reduce incidents of vaping in young people.

As an ex-smoker who used the service to quit many years ago, I am passionate about our goal to achieve a smoke free generation and help current smokers to quit and enjoy a happy, healthy, smoke-free life.