Reach for the phone - our quit coaches will help you stop smoking for good
From time to time, we all need some extra motivation to help us achieve our goals, so on this National Stop Smoking Day, Londoners are being offered personal coaching to help them quit!
The Stop Smoking London helpline (0300 123 1044) is a brilliant free and convenient service that gives people advice and support from experts. As part of the NHS-backed service, smokers work with an adviser to set a quit date, make a plan, and get regular calls to keep them on track.
For Londoners leading busy lives, the service is a great way to stop without the hassle of visits to a GP surgery or local clinic. Our advisers are friendly and non-judgemental. Their enthusiasm will keep you spurred on to succeed.
Dr Somen Banerjee, the London Public Health Director Lead for Tobacco, said: “Stopping smoking is the single best thing you can do for better health. It’s the biggest cause of preventable death in England, so stopping is a positive step, but then the next question is ‘how’ and ‘what will work best for me’ and that is where a lot of people get stuck. There are so many options out there.
“The helpline is a great place to start. Our specialist advisers work with smokers on a 1-2-1 basis to understand their habit and lifestyle, discuss appropriate support and medicines, and signpost them to services in their local area. They really are quit coaches and we think this will appeal to a lot of Londoners who need that bit of extra support to succeed.”
People who live in one of 30 participating London boroughs, can get ongoing, free support from the helpline service. Advisers work with smokers to set a quit date, make a plan and talk about appropriate treatments and how to get them. They also keep people on track with their quit date by making follow up calls, providing motivation, and talking through techniques to beat cravings.
The London Stop Smoking Helpline has been set up by the Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH) in London and is backed by the NHS.
There are 1.3 million tobacco smokers in London, but official data suggests that smoking will be virtually wiped out by 2030. According to figures from the Annual Population Survey, smoking prevalence in London was 15.2% in 2016, and declining at a rate of 3 percentage points every 4 years, which would put prevalence below 5% by 2030.
Smokers can call the local rate helpline seven days a week from Monday to Fridays between 9am and 8pm, and on Saturday and Sunday between 11am and 4pm.
For more information about the range of support available for visit london.stopsmokingportal.com