Quit smoking this Stoptober with Redbridge Council’s free 12-Week support programme

Giving up smoking is one of the best things you’ll ever do for your health and there is support available in Redbridge to help you do it, including a free 12-week support programme provided by Redbridge Council’s Stop Smoking Service.

Take your first steps towards quitting by taking on the Stoptober challenge with the help of Redbridge’s dedicated support service. Did you know if you can make it to 28 days smoke-free, you’re five times more likely to quit for good?

The free 12-week stop smoking support programme is open to anyone studying, living, working, or registered with a GP in Redbridge.

Redbridge Council Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, Cllr Mark Santos, said: “Giving up smoking brings big benefits to your health, some of which you can see almost immediately. Your ability to taste and smell will improve in a matter of days, and as your lungs clear, you’ll find you won’t get out of breath so quickly. The latest evidence also shows smokers are significantly more likely to be admitted to hospital with COVID. 

“We know it’s not easy to give up, which is why our Stop Smoking Service is here to support you. With the national Stoptober campaign kicking off, there has never been a better time to get in touch with our stop smoking service because you don’t have do it alone.”

Those on the programme will have 12 weeks of support with a dedicated practitioner who will provide a tailored plan providing tips on how to quit, as well as advising on and prescribing the best nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products, including chewing gum, nasal sprays, and patches to help manage cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

The Stop Smoking Service is also hosting two Stoptober pop-up shops in the borough in support of the national month-long October campaign encouraging people to quit smoking.

The pop-up shops will be at Ilford Exchange Mall, 10am-5pm, on Saturday October 2 and Monday October 4 offering advice and information on stopping smoking.

For more information about the 12-week programme, or to contact the team text QUIT to 60777 or telephone 0333 005 0095.

Did you know:

  • Children whose parents smoke are three times more likely to smoke themselves.
  • The average smoker spends over £4000 every year on cigarettes. Quitting is good for your wealth, as much as your health.
  • Your risk of a heart attack or stroke is greater if you smoke. Poisons in cigarettes enter your blood and make it thicker, increases your blood pressure and reduces the amount of blood that reaches your organs – all of which and increases the chances of heart attack or stroke.

For more information go to: https://redbridge.everyonehealth.co.uk/ or https://stopsmokinglondon.com/


Mick Ferris

Editor Email: mickferris@yellowad.co.uk