Quit for Covid this National No Smoking Day

Published: Wednesday, March 10, 2021

March 10 is National No Smoking Day. The pandemic means it is more important than ever to look after your health, and Wandsworth smokers are encouraged to make the most of free support available to help them quit. 

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Smoking is one of the biggest causes of death and illness in the UK; smokers are at a much higher risk of developing cancer and conditions such as coronary heart disease, heart attacks and strokes. Not only does it affect the health of the smoker, but it also harms those breathing in second-hand smoke 

Smoking levels in Wandsworth are below the London and England average, but there are still around 30,000 smokers in the borough and the council makes cutting numbers a priority. Smokers are at risk of ill-health and long-term diseases if they do not stop smoking. Quitting smoking could add ten more healthy years to your life.  

The council’s Stop Smoking Service offers free support from specialist advisors who can offer you tailored evidenced support and recommend the most effective smoking cessation products to help you quit smoking successfully. You can also access information and support if you have chosen to vape or need help quitting other tobacco products such as Shisha. 

Cabinet member for Adult Social Care and Health Cllr Clare Salier said: “Research shows that you are up to four times more likely to quit successfully if you use a local stop smoking service. Now more than ever it’s important to do all you can to protect your health, so please seek help for the sake of yourself and your family.” 

You can access the council’s personalised Stop Smoking Service online, by emailing StopSmokingTeam@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk or calling the 24hr helpline 0800 389 7921. The service is also available in pharmacies and GP surgeries borough-wide. 

To access the pan-London stop smoking service you can ring the helpline on 0300 132 1044 between 9.00am to 8.00pm Mon–Fri and 11.00am to 4.00pm Sat–Sun and get one-to-one support from a trained advisor. The online portal also provides additional information about other stop smoking services in our area.   

You can also download the free NHS Smokefree app, which will allow you to track your progress, get daily support and find out how much money you are saving.