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Fears over cut in tobacco education

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SMOKING education in schools has drastically been reduced now the responsibility of it has been handed over to Health and Social Services, Gasp's political patron Heidi Soulsby has said.

SMOKING education in schools has drastically been reduced now the responsibility of it has been handed over to Health and Social Services, Gasp's political patron Heidi Soulsby has said.

The Guernsey Adolescent Smoke Free Project, which has led campaigns and worked in schools since 1997, claimed no work had been carried out in schools since September.

There are now fears that if tobacco education is stopped or even reduced, Guernsey will see a rise in the level of smoking among young people.

'The only reason we supported the handover of responsibility for tobacco education to HSSD was that our grant had been reduced to such an extent that Gasp was unable to afford to pay our staff past the end of 2012,' Deputy Soulsby said.

In response to Deputy Soulsby's comments, Health and Social Services said work had been carried out to support schools and funding for smoking education was being allocated from the department's revenue budgets.

In a statement, it admitted that although the tobacco education post was approved to start at the beginning of next year, this could now be put on hold.

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