Stop smoking

You are up to four times more likely to stop smoking with help than if you try on your own

More people smoke here in north east London than in the rest of London. Our high smoking rates are why many local people die early from smoking related diseases. Deaths from lung cancer, heart disease and chronic lung disease are among the highest in the country. These deaths are avoidable if people can be persuaded to give up smoking.

  • The risk of dying of lung cancer in people who have never smoked is less than 1%
  • 16% of smokers die of lung cancer before the age of 75

Local NHS Stop Smoking Service

Delivered by professionals, the Stop Smoking Service will provide free, expert advice, support and encouragement to help you stop smoking for good. Stop smoking medications, including patches and gum are available on prescription (subject to initial assessment on suitability for medication). Everyone is different so there are different support options available to fit your lifestyle.

Call 0300 300 1880 to speak to a member of the team, Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm (you can leave a message outside these hours) or email stopsmokingservice@nelft.nhs.uk and receive a reply within 24 to 48 hours.

For help to quit smoking via the NELFT Quitline call 0800 032 0102 (Freephone) Tuesday to Thursday 9.00am to 7.30pm.

You can also call the free Smokefree National Helpline on 0300 123 1044. Lines are open Monday to Friday 9.00am to 8.00pm and Saturday and Sunday 11.00am to 4.00pm.

Useful links

Other MyLife pages:Healthy eating, Healthy weight, Diabetes

External websites: NHS Smokefree, NHS Choices stop smoking, Quit charity, Action on Smoking and Health, The British Lung Foundation, Diabetes UK