A new national campaign to encourage and support smokers to make a quit attempt this New Year. There is a range of support available locally in Lambeth for smokers seeking to quit.
The new national campaign seeks to capitalise on the New Year moment when smokers tend to be more motivated to quit, and promotes the many benefits of quitting.
Good things happen when you stop smoking
The campaign builds on the theme of ‘good things happen when you stop smoking’ used during 2023’s Stoptober campaign. Within days or weeks without smoking, your senses of taste and smell improve, you start breathing more easily and have more energy. In time, your longer-term risks of cancer, lung disease, heart disease and stroke reduce significantly.
The campaign will be promoted on TV, video-on-demand, radio and street advertising. There will also be national promotion on 28 December, focusing on the generational harms of smoking, highlighting that children are up to three times as likely to start smoking if their parents smoke.
The campaign also focuses on promoting vaping as a tool that smokers should consider, to help them quit, debunking misconceptions that vaping is equally or more harmful than smoking tobacco. For smokers looking to quit, vaping can be an effective aid.
Quitting smoking in Lambeth
Smokers looking to quit during New Year’s don’t have to go it alone and can access support from one of our local services.
Dr Raj Mitra, Lambeth Together Staying Healthy Programme’s Clinical Lead said: “This New Year I am encouraging smokers in Lambeth to use our local stop smoking services to make a quit attempt, because people trying to stop smoking are 4 times more likely to succeed with structured treatment than if they ‘go it alone’.”
The Specialist Stop Smoking Service
You can access free one-to-one behavioural support as well as supply of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) or a vaping kit from the Lambeth Specialist Stop Smoking Service, delivered by Guy’s and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust.
The Specialist Service is available for people in the following at risk groups:
- Diagnosed with one or more long-term conditions, including mental illness
- Pregnant smokers and their partners
- Parents with children aged five or under
- Long-term smokers
To sign up phone: 0800 856 3409 or 020 3049 5791 or email: email@example.com
Lambeth Community Pharmacy Stop Smoking Service
Any smoker looking to quit can access the stop smoking service in one of Lambeth’s participating local community pharmacies:
- Osbon Pharmacy, 143 Lambeth Walk, London SE11 6EE
- Harfleur Chemist, 219-221 Clapham Rd, London SW9 9BE
- Kingshield Pharmacy, 387 Brixton Rd, London SW9 7DE
- Philips Pharmacy, 70A Clarence Ave, London SW4 8JP
- New Park Pharmacy, 85 New Park Rd, Brixton Hill, London SW2 4ES
- Boss Pharmacy, 85 Bedford Rd, London SW4 7RD
- Day Lewis Pharmacy Streatham, 9a Gracefield Gardens, London SW16 2SZ
- Elmcourt Pharmacy, 220 Norwood Rd, Norwood, London SE27 9AQ
Self Help Resources
There are also lots of self-help resources available to smokers looking to quit:
- For tips and support, visit Stop Smoking London or phone their free helpline 0300 123 0144
- NHS Better Health has advice about how to stop smoking
- Book a stop smoking seminar with Allen Carr’s Easyway (drug free method)
Why this is important to Lambeth Together
Helping people to quit is a priority for Lambeth Together, as part of our ‘Staying Healthy’ programme’s commitment to support people to maintain positive behaviours that keep them healthy. This work is led by Lambeth Council’s Public Health team, working together with the NHS and others to ensure people get the support they need to prevent serious health conditions from developing.