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Stop smoking

Information about our stop smoking service and advice on how to make your home and car smokefree.

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Smokers signing up to Stoptober​ can use a new web-based tool to help them find the most suitable support to help them quit for 28 days and beyond. The range of free support available includes email, Facebook Messenger and the Smokefree app.

Stop smoking services in Newham

We commission a stop smoking service to provide free support and advice to anyone living in Newham. 

What support is offered

Weekly one-to-one stop smoking support is available in a selection of community pharmacies.

Support provided is free, friendly and informal. You will not be expected to quit at your first appointment.
The weekly one to one service includes:
  • personalised advice and support on how to stop smoking
  • individually tailored treatment plan that includes setting a quit date
  • access to NHS approved medications, including Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) like patches, gum and lozenges*
  • follow-ups for at least the first four weeks of stopping smoking
  • regular carbon monoxide monitoring
  • up to 12 weeks support.
* Treatments are free if you are entitled to free prescriptions, otherwise you will need to pay a prescription charge.
If you want to use e-cigarettes as an aid to quite smoking, you can also ask your local advisor for support. Note, e-cigarettes are not available on prescription. You can find out about NHS approved medications on the Smokefree website. You will also find tools that can give you extra support while you stop smoking including:
  • a cost calculator to show how much money you'll save when you're smokefree
  • a programme for your computer providing daily tips and support.
Residents can also sign up for email or text support via the Smokefree website, download the Smokefree app, or call the Stop Smoking London helpline on 0300 123 1044, Monday to Friday, 9am-8pm and Saturday to Sunday, 11am-4pm, to speak to an expert advisor.

Top tips to quit smoking

1. Attend Newham’s stop smoking service.
2. Set a date to stop and stick to it
3. Use an NHS approved treatment or medication. You could also consider using an electronic cigarette. Your stop smoking advisor can help you decide which product to use.
4. Get rid of all your left over cigarettes, ashtrays and lighters.
5. Let people know you are stopping – you are going to need their support.
6. Make plans for coping with stressful situations and times when you know you usually smoke.
7. Do something else – distract yourself any way you can.
8. Try to put aside the money you would have spent on cigarettes each day and treat yourself with the money you have saved.
9. Drink plenty of water or fruit juice.
10. Think positively; take it one day at a time.

Smokefree homes and cars

It is illegal to smoke in vehicles with someone under 18 present, and for a driver to fail to prevent smoking in a private vehicle with someone under 18 years old present.
This law helps to protect children from the dangers of second hand smoke. Both the driver and the smoker can be fined £50 if anyone smokes in the vehicle. More information is available on the Government’s website.

What is second hand smoke?

Whenever you light up, second hand smoke is produced. Second hand smoke is a made of two types of smoke that come from burning tobacco:
  • mainstream smoke, which a smoker breathes out
  • side-stream smoke, which comes from the burning end of cigarettes.

What are the risks from second hand smoke?

Second hand smoke can put children at risk of bronchitis, asthma attacks, meningitis, ear infections and cot death. More than 80 per cent of second hand smoke is invisible and has no smell.

A completely smokefree home and car is the only way to be sure your children and family are protected from the dangers of second hand smoke.

Why are children more at risk from second hand smoke?

Children are at particular risk from second hand smoke because they take more breaths, have a larger lung surface area compared to adults and have less well developed immune systems.

Why smokefree homes and cars?

Many smokers believe that second hand smoke is only harmful at the time of smoking, and once the smell disappears, they believe the danger to children and other non-smokers has gone too.

The fact is the dangerous toxins in second hand smoke can linger for hours after a cigarette has been put out.

What are the benefits of smokefree homes and cars?

The benefits include:
  • reduced health risks for you, your family and your pets
  • children are less likely to be sick
  • you are more likely to smoke less, make an attempt to quit or quit smoking completely
  • fresher cleaner home and car
  • food and cooking taste better (not flavoured by smoke)
  • you are less likely to have a house fire
  • less distractions whilst driving, lowering the chances of traffic offences and accidents.

How can I make my home or car smokefree?

The easiest thing to do is to always smoke outside - right outside, not leaning out a window or standing in the kitchen door.

If you smoke outside, remember to keep an eye on the children.
You can also:
  • ask visitors and family not to smoke around the children, or ask them to smoke outside
  • ask your GP or pharmacist for advice if you want help to stop smoking.

Electronic cigarettes

What are electronic cigarettes?

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigs, vape sticks and so on) are battery-powered devices that heat a liquid into a vapour, which is then inhaled by the user. This vapour usually contains nicotine, propylene glycol or glycerol and other chemicals including flavours.

How safe are electronic cigarettes?

The most recent research states that e-cigs are around 95% less harmful to health than smoking, as most of the chemicals that cause smoking-related diseases are absent.
They do release tiny levels of nicotine into the air but with no identified health risks to people near-by.
When used as intended, they pose no risk of nicotine poisoning to users, but the e-liquids and cartridges should be kept securely away from children.
It is still too early to know about long-term safety of e-cigarettes, but the current best estimate by experts is that e-cigarette use represents only a fraction of the risk compared to smoking.

Can they help with quitting smoking?

Recent studies confirm that e-cigs can reduce the urges to smoke, help people quit smoking including those smokers that have tried other methods. They could also be used by smokers not ready to quit, but who want to reduce the harm caused by smoking.

E-cigs and nicotine replacement therapy (NRT)

Some smokers use both e-cigs and NRT (such as patch, gum, spray) at the same time, and there is no likelihood of overdosing on nicotine with the levels found in the products. NRT medications are available over the counter, on prescription and from Newham’s stop smoking service.

Facts about shisha

Shisha is just a different way of smoking and still as bad. You are at risk of developing the same kinds of diseases as cigarette smokers - heart disease, cancer and respiratory disease.
Some facts you may not know:
  • In a typical 60 minute session you can inhale the same amount of smoke as 100 cigarettes.
  • The most common types of shisha can contain tobacco and nicotine.
  • The water cools the smoke, but does not filter the harmful chemicals out.
  • The charcoal used to burn both tobacco and herbal shisha is a source of two toxic chemicals, carbon monoxide and benzene.
  • Sharing mouthpieces can increase the risk of transmitting infections such as tuberculosis and an increased risk of colds, flu, oral herpes, mouth and gum disease.
Find out more about shisha and your health on the Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) and British Heart Foundation websites.
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Contact us

  • Stop Smoking London helpline

    0300 123 1044