Stopping smoking saves lives
The introduction of the smoking ban in public places in 2007 has led to up to 11,000 fewer hospital admissions for lung infections by children. In countries that have introduced the ban, there is evidence of improved heart and lung health of both smokers and non-smokers through reductions in second hand smoke.
Why stop smoking?
Stopping smoking is one of the best things you can do to improve your health and wellbeing. It will help you:
- Save money
- Look better / feel fitter
- Feel better / enjoy the taste of food / improve your circulation
- Protect your family and friends
- Improve your chances of having a healthy baby
- Reduce your chances of getting cancer
Who will benefit?
There are huge benefits to everyone across the age ranges to stopping smoking. Whether you’re a pregnant mum, a parent with young children, a teenager, a long-time smoker, or an older person who may already be suffering from a lung or heart condition, there is always a good time to stop smoking.
More useful information on:
- Protect your family from secondhand smoke
- Under 18's guide to quitting smoking
- 8 Key times to quit smoking
- Why should you quit
How can I get support to stop smoking
It’s great that you want to give up smoking, and there are lots of websites, apps and resources out there to help you quit.
Havering Smoking Cessation Support - Telephone support helping you quit
Call the freephone helpline number: 0300 123 1044 (call charges may apply from a mobile)
You will receive ongoing support from trained smoking cessation advisers to create a quit plan and receive regular telephone counselling during the quit period. Lines are open 9am-8pm Monday to Friday and 11am-4pm Saturday and Sunday.
If you are pregnant, or normally live in the same household as someone who is pregnant, there is a free specialist support service especially for you. Please speak to your midwife or contact the Stop Smoking Service for Pregnant Women on 020 8724 8018.
What is the Council and its partners doing to help?
We are working with partners to reduce the health harms from tobacco, particularly to prevent young people taking up smoking, and address the issues of cheap or illicit tobacco. There is legislation in place to make not smoking the easy choice, but there is still a lot than can be done locally to support the reduction in people smoking.