Stopping smoking saves lives

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable illness and premature death, killing around 64,000 people in England in 2019.

In England in 2019 to 2020, there were an estimated 506,100 smoking-related admissions to hospital, equating to almost 1,400 each day.

One in 4 patients in a hospital bed is a smoker. Smokers also see their GP 35 per cent more than non-smokers.

Why stop smoking?

Stopping smoking is one of the best things you can do to improve your health and wellbeing.  It will help you:

Who will benefit?

Everyone of every age benefits from stopping smoking.

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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. If you’re a smoker who wants to kick the habit, you’re not alone and it’s highly likely that you've tried to at least once already. If this sounds like you, don’t let this dishearten you - you can succeed at quitting, and research tells us that you’re much more likely to with the right support.

Stop Smoking London helpline - 0300 123 1044

Stop Smoking London also provides free, personalised and confidential stop smoking support over the telephone.

This includes a telephone behavioural support package designed to keep you on track as you quit.

To find out how this can help you can request a call-back. If you want to start right away, call 0300 123 1044.

The team are available to help you seven days a week at the following times:

  • Monday to Fridays - 9am to 8pm
  • Saturday and Sunday - 11am to 4pm

When you call, you’ll speak to a Stop Smoking London advisor, they will talk you through the various options and help you decide what might work best for you. 

Stop Smoking London text support

You can receive daily motivational ideas, facts and support as you quit by signing up via the Stop Smoking London website.

The Stop Smoking London Website

Stop Smoking London is designed to support you as you quit smoking. In Havering, we can all use all of the Stop Smoking London services to make today your time to quit.

You can visit the Stop Smoking London website to learn more about the reasons you smoke - and how you can use this to make a personalised quit plan.

The website also highlights the immediate and long-term benefits you will gain.

Other information you’ll find here includes:

  • quit smoking tools and resources – to learn what’s available to help you quit and choose what works best for you
  • the smoking calculator – to work out how much money you could save by quitting 
  • your support services – to find your local specialist stop smoking service

Specialist Stop Smoking Service for pregnant women, or anyone normally living in the same household as a pregnant woman

Protecting your baby from tobacco smoke is one of the best things you can do to give your child a healthy start in life.

It can be difficult to stop smoking, but it's never too late to quit.

When you give up, the harmful gases (like carbon monoxide) and other chemicals will soon clear from your body. 

Reasons to stop smoking when pregnant

  • You're doing the best thing for your baby's health
  • The chances of having a miscarriage or still birth are reduced
  • You'll minimise the risk of cot death (SIDS)
  • Your baby is less likely to be born early (premature) or underweight
  • Stopping smoking will help your baby in later life – some people suffer from asthma and other serious illnesses if their mother smoked while pregnant
  • Your child(ren) will be less likely to become a smoker/smokers

If you smoke and are pregnant, or live in the same household as someone who is pregnant, now is the perfect time to quit. 

You can get specialist support to help quit smoking by speaking to your midwife or contact the Stop Smoking Service for Pregnant Women on 020 8724 8018.

You can now also self-refer online by completing a registration form.

Switching to vaping

There is growing evidence that e-cigarettes can help people stop smoking. Using an e-cigarette can help you manage your nicotine cravings. To get the best out of it, make sure you're using it as much as you need to and with the right strength of nicotine in your e-liquid.

You won't get the full benefit from vaping unless you stop smoking cigarettes completely.

You can get advice from specialist vape shops or your local stop smoking service.  The Independent British Vape Trade Association has details of local registered retailers.

Get more information about e-cigarettes on the NHS website

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.

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