Kick your smoking habit this World No Tobacco Day

Release Date: 31 May 2018

Today (31 May) is World No Tobacco Day, a perfect time to kick your smoking habit and start improving your overall health. 

Smoking is the single biggest cause of preventable death, but research shows that you are up to four times more likely to quit successfully if you use a local stop smoking service.

In Richmond upon Thames, free local support is available through the council’s Stop Smoking Service. Specialist advisers can give you products to use, such as patches and an inhalator, and can offer you regular support and information, whether you smoke cigarettes, e-cigarettes or other tobacco products such as shisha.

Cllr Piers Allen, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Services and Health, said:

“Choosing to drop your smoking habit will have immediate positive effects on your overall health. Evidence shows as soon as you give up, your blood pressure is reduced, blood circulation improves, breathing becomes easier, and your skin looks better.

“There are a range of personalised services available to smokers looking to quit, including the council’s personalised 24 hour Stop Smoking service, and a pan-London anti-smoking service. They are there to help you take the first steps to a healthier, smoke-free life and I would encourage you to take advantage of them.”

You can access the council’s personalised Stop Smoking Service online, by email, or by calling the 24hr helpline 080 0011 4558.

Specialist advice is available in pharmacies and GP surgeries borough-wide, and there are drop-in clinics that anyone can visit without an appointment at the Civic Centre every Tuesday from 12 to 2pm.

To access the pan-London anti-smoking service, you can ring the helpline on 030 0132 1044 between 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday, and 11am to 4pm Saturday to Sunday, and get one-to-one support from a trained adviser. The online portal also provides additional information about other stop smoking services in our area.

Notes for editors

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Reference: P273/18

Updated: 31 May 2018