Quit smoking with the right support for you
Lewisham's 34,000 smokers are being encouraged to "quit for your own good and the health of those around you as the annual Stoptober campaign gets under way.
Stoptober – the 28-day stop smoking challenge – begins on 1 October.
To date, the annual campaign run by Public Health England has driven 1.7 million quit attempts and quitting success rates across the country are at an all-time high.
In Lewisham, 48,000 people have already given up smoking and NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), wants to help more people do the same.
The most successful attempts to quit are made with a combination of methods, and this year Stoptober is providing a free online Personal Quit Plan, which helps smokers find the right support for them – with options including face-to-face support, nicotine replacement therapies (such as patches, inhalers or lozenges) and e-cigarettes.
Stoptober also offers a range of extra free quitting support including a Stoptober app, Facebook messenger bot, daily emails and Stoptober online communities.
For more information on this year's Stoptober campaign, including the Stoptober App and giving up smoking using a Personal Quit Plan, visit the Stoptober website.
INFORMATION ABOUT LOCAL SERVICES
If you are planning to quit for Stoptober there is lots of free support available to you.
Stopping smoking for 28 days makes you 5 x's more likely to quit smoking for good, and whether you want to see an advisor, be in a group, or stop on-line we have just the thing for you.
1:1 Our specialist team can give you tailored support in one of our many clinics.
Find your nearest one here: https://www.smokefreelewisham.co.uk/services/clinics/.
Group For Stoptober we are running a 7-week stop smoking group at Lewisham Hospital every Monday night from 24 October.
Venue: Owen Centre
Time: 6 – 7.15 pm.
Online If you have a Lewisham GP, and you want to quit with NRT (Nicotine Replacement Therapy - a medically-approved way to take nicotine by means other than tobacco), go to https://www.smokefreelewisham.co.uk/services/iquit/ to set your date and arrange medications, and we will send you text messages to support you while you quit.
To book a 1:1 or group session, or for more information, call 0800 0820 388.
 ONS, Numbers of adults smoking by borough, 2017 https://data.london.gov.uk/dataset/smoking-indicators-borough
 ONS, Numbers of ex-smokers by borough, 2017 https://data.london.gov.uk/dataset/smoking-indicators-borough