Get help to stop smoking in 2018

Published: Friday 5th January 18

Wandsworth smokers looking to quit this year have plenty of free support available to help them kick the habit.

The number of people in Wandsworth who smoke has dropped in recent years, but just over 14 per cent of the adult population are still smoking. Smoking remains the single biggest cause of preventable death.

Two-thirds of smokers want to quit. The majority manage to quit on their own, but if you need extra support there are a range of options to choose from.

A new London-wide telephone support service is available, providing advice and support to anyone in London who wants to give up any tobacco product, including cigarettes and e-cigarettes. Call the helpline on 0300 123 1044.

In addition, for residents requiring more intensive support to quit, Wandsworth Council provides a free Stop Smoking service, offering confidential face to face advice and support from specialist advisors, advice on e-cigarettes and free stop smoking materials and medication such as Nicotine Replacement Therapy. To access this personalised support, visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/stopsmoking or call 0800 389 7291.

The council’s health spokesman Cllr Paul Ellis said: ”We know that giving up tobacco is hard, but it’s the single-most effective thing you can do this year to improve your help. If you use free local stop smoking support services you are up to four times more likely to quit successfully.”

The council is also supporting Public Health England’s Smokefree campaign this month. Find out about the free support and advice available at www.nhs.uk/smokefree

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