Vow to quit tobacco in 2017

Published: 30 December 2016

Wandsworth is backing Public Health England’s new year Health Harms campaign to highlight the damage caused by smoking.

The council’s public health team is reminding any of the borough’s smokers who have vowed to quit this year that free local help is available through its Stop Smoking Service.

The number of people in Wandsworth who smoke has dropped from a fifth of residents in 2011 to around 13 per cent now, but smoking is still the single biggest cause of preventable death.

Smoking increases the risk of cancer, heart disease, respiratory diseases and a host of other illnesses. But smokers who make a new year’s resolution to give up will see their risks of heart attack decline and their lung function and cholesterol levels improve within two weeks to three months.

Stopping will also mean whiter teeth, fewer wrinkles, and more money in your pocket – smoking costs around £2,000 a year.

The council’s health spokesman Cllr Jim Maddan said:

“Stopping smoking is the single most effective way to dramatically and quickly improve your health. If you are addicted to tobacco, why not resolve to make 2017 the year you quit. There’s 24 hour a day help available on the end of a telephone and advice sessions and drop-in clinics across the borough.”

You are four times more likely to stop smoking for good if you use a local stop smoking service to advise you on the right products to use and offer you regular support and information.

Wandsworth Stop Smoking Service offers free help, advice and access to Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) and other stop smoking medications to all smokers who live or work in the Wandsworth area.

To access personalised support from the Stop Smoking Service to help you give up any tobacco product, including cigarettes and e-cigarettes, visit the Wandsworth Stop Smoking Service website, call the 24 hour helpline on 0800 389 7921 or email stopsmoking.team@wandsworth.gov.uk

Specialist advice is available in pharmacies and GP surgeries borough-wide, and there are drop-in clinics that anyone can visit without an appointment in the following locations:

  • Queen Mary’s Hospital Cardiology unit,  Roehampton Lane, Roehampton -  Tuesdays 10am-3pm
  • St George’s Hospital (Atkinson Morley Wing) Blackshaw Road, Tooting - Wednesdays and Fridays 10am-3pm.

To find out how your health is now, and to get tips on how to make a few changes to improve it, take the five minute How Are You Test. Follow the link at www.wandsworth.gov.uk/oneyou.