Kicking the Habit in Grays

BEFORE we start, praise to the Be Smart team who picked up the fly-tipping at the back of Courtney Road, Chadwell that we reported on yesterday.

Last week, a number of council officers were out and about in Grays High Street on an education and enforcement drive with respect to smoking cessation. Enforcement officers were requesting that members of the public pick up their cigarette butts while health advisors were on hand to offer advice and guidance to people kick the habit.

It is a tough call from many perspectives. As they leafleted on Grays High Street a heavily pregnant teenage woman drew heavily from her cigarette. We spoke to her, she didn’t wish to be named. She said: “All my other friends do. My other kids are fine. Just do-gooders telling us what is right or wrong.”

YourThurrock spoke to Sue Blois and Kerry Mison about their work and the challenges they face.

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