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Decide on your quit date and go for it this National No Smoking Day (11 March).

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.

There are about 8,873 regular smokers in Richmond upon Thames who are at risk of ill-health and long-term diseases if they do not stop smoking. Quitting smoking could add 10 more healthy years to your life. What is good for your heart, is good for your brain.

Quitting smoking is no mean feat – however, research shows that you are up to four times more likely to quit successfully if you use a local stop smoking service.

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.

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

“The borough’s Stop Smoking Service helped 265 people quit smoking last year. Why not give it a go and take the first steps to a healthier, smoke-free life?”

Dr Graham Lewis, Chair, NHS Richmond Clinical Commissioning Group, added:

“Stopping smoking is one of the best ways to look after yourself, both now and into the future – it will also save you money to spend on other things.”

You can access the Council’s personalised Stop Smoking Service online, by emailing stopsmoking@richmond.gov.uk or calling the 24hr helpline 0800 011 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 12–2pm and on Thursday 10am - 1pm. 

To access the pan-London anti-smoking service you can ring the helpline on 0300 132 1044 between 9am to 8pm Mon–Fri and 11am to 4pm Sat–Sun 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: P078/20

Updated: 02 March 2021