Get help to stop smoking
Published: Thursday 29th November 12
Almost 50 people signed up to quit smoking during this year’s Wandsworth Stoptober campaign, which saw stop smoking clinics set up in supermarkets.
Stoptober is a national campaign to encourage people to give up smoking for one month. In Wandsworth, clinics were set up in Asda at Roehampton and Clapham Junction and people were given information and support on how to quit.
The event proved so successful a new campaign, Time to Quite for the New Year, will be launched in January to encourage the borough's smokers to ditch the habit in 2013. The clinics will again be open on alternate Saturdays at Asda.
Encouraging people to stop smoking is a key priority of the public health department, now based at the Town Hall. The council is taking over responsibility for public health in April.
The council is leading on implementing a five-year tobacco control plan, including enforcement action against retailers that continue to sell tobacco to children, as well as practical support to help people quit.
Director of public health for Wandsworth, Houda Al-Sharifi, said: "Smoking is the single biggest cause of preventable deaths in Wandsworth. Twenty per cent of borough residents are smokers but we know that 70 per cent of them want to quit."
"We work closely with GPs and pharmacists to provide them with the support they need, and our new home at the town hall means we will be able to work more effectively with our colleagues in other council departments to find ways to reduce smoking levels."