Support to help you stop smoking
Love your lungs, go smoke-free
Imperial is committed to creating a healthy environment for its community. From 1 August 2017, all College campuses are now smoke-free. You may have been considering stopping smoking for a while and maybe the time is right now to try. Information to help you is right here.
Help and Support
There is plenty of help to quit. Evidence shows that you are up to four times more likely to give up smoking for good if you get the right support.
Occupational Health has trained Stop Smoking Advisors, who can provide you with information and support. Our advisors are only able to supply stop smoking medications to residents of Kensington & Chelsea. Consultations are on a one to one basis, focusing on the really difficult part, which is changing your behaviour and habits so you can be smoke free for good! You may be signposted to your Stop Smoking services closer to your home to access Nicotine Replacement Therapy or other medication. Appointments are available at Occupational Health South Kensington Campus.
Information booklets are available from the Occupational Health Department and in and around the College on advice on giving up smoking.
Occupational Health also invite Stop Smoking Advisors for National No Smoking Day in March and one day in October for Stoptober where free advice can be given.
Local NHS Stop Smoking Services - offers free specialist advice, tailored to individual needs and will provide you with information and advice about nicotine replacement products and other stop smoking medicines.
London Telephone Portal - telephone service for all London residents, call 0300 123 1044
NHS Live Well - offers free advice via method of your choice (email, Quit Kit, app and SMS)
You choose which one is right for you!
Smoke Free App
Smoke Free is built on tried-and-tested and evidence-based behaviour change techniques, and the pro version has been shown to double your chances of quitting. The app is super easy to use and users seem to love it, over 50,000 people have given it a 5 star review. If you want to quit smoking you'll probably not find a more helpful app than Smoke Free.
Imperial College discount: Staff and students using iPhones can access all pro features of the app for 30% off. Click this link and enter IMPERIALQUITS into the voucher code box on the next screen to get your discount. The discount for Android users will be added later this year.
Staff and students based at the Silwood Park campus on iPhone or Android can access all Pro features of the app for free. To find out more please contact Occupational Health.
There are a variety of treatments options available to help you quit smoking.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT):
Nicotine is the addictive substance within the cigarette. After smoking for a while your body gets used to the regular doses of nicotine that you get from your cigarettes. When you stop smoking you quickly remove the nicotine in your body. NRT provides your body with the nicotine it craves. NRT is safer than a cigarette as it does not contain all the other harmful poisons. NRT comes in different forms, including:
- Skin patches
- Chewing gum
- Tablets, strips and lozenges
- Nasal spray
- Mouth spray
NRT can be prescribed by your GP or you can buy it from a pharmacy.
Stop Smoking Medication:
- Zyban (bupropion)
- Champix (varenicline)
These are available on prescription from the NHS.
Electronic Cigarettes/E. Cigarettes:
Electronic devices that produce a visible cloud of vapour, many of which contain nicotine. These are unlicensed, but people have found them helpful in giving up.