Help is on hand for Newham residents to quit on No Smoking Day

25 February 2015 in Health
With national No Smoking Day right round the corner, smokers are being urged to take the first step in quitting cigarettes for good.
National No Smoking Day takes place on Wednesday 11 March. Studies have shown that nearly two-thirds of smokers want to stop and No Smoking Day aims to give smokers the support to kick the habit for good.

This year’s No Smoking Day theme is ‘Proud to be a Quitter, with inspirational stories of ex-smokers who are highlighting the life-changing benefits they’ve experienced since quitting.

A series of events will take place in libraries across the borough where residents can speak to a trained stop smoking advisor, who can provide details on local stop smoking services, information about products and carbon monoxide testing.

Newham’s Stop Smoking Service delivers free support and advice locally to all smokers living, working, studying or socialising in Newham.

It  also offers up to 12 weeks one-to-one support  which is available in most pharmacies, many GP surgeries, and at community drop-ins. Trained advisors provide personalised advice, motivational support and access to a range of medications to help smokers deal with cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

Stopping smoking has significant benefits to health including reducing the chances of getting lung cancer, heart disease, stroke and other smoking related illnesses.

Other benefits of stopping smoking include: improved life expectancy, improved breathing, improved sense of smell and taste, saving money, a clearer complexion and whiter teeth.

Councillor Clive Furness, mayoral adviser for adults and health, said: “We understand that the majority of smokers want to stop smoking, but many find the task too daunting. No Smoking Day is the perfect opportunity to inspire smokers in the borough to quit for good. With support, smokers are more likely to succeed in their attempts. That is why will be out in force on No Smoking Day, educating smokers on the range of local services and resources available to them.”

Newham is part of a network of organisations across the UK that manages local activities for the No Smoking Day campaign.

The annual campaign is run by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and encourages hundreds of thousands of smokers to make a quit attempt on No Smoking Day.

Dr Mike Knapton, Associate Medical Director at the BHF, said: “Giving up smoking is the single best thing you can do for your health, and that’s why the British Heart Foundation runs No Smoking Day. We’re encouraging smokers to mark Wednesday 11 March in their calendars and take the first step towards a smoke-free life.”

To receive information and support on stopping smoking visit and join the conversation of Twitter using the hashtag #NoSmokingDay.

Events taking place across Newham include:
  • Saturday 7 March – East Ham Library 1 to 4pm
  • Saturday 7 March – The Gate Library 1 to 4pm
  • Sunday 8 March – Stratford Library 1.30 to 4.30pm