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Stop smoking advice stand - 11 October 2018

StoptoberStoptober, the 28-day stop smoking campaign from Public Health England, is back from 1st October. Stoptober has driven over 1 million quit attempts to date and is the biggest mass quit attempt in the country. It is based on research that shows that if you can stop smoking for 28-days, you are five times more likely to stay smokefree for good.

Specialist counsellors will be at South Kensington providing information on the latest stop smoking treatments, undertaking lung age testing to assess any premature lung damage caused by smoking, carbon monoxide testing as well as guides and advice on the range of support available to help you quit. 

Drop by any time.
Date: Thursday 11 October 2018, 10.00–16.00    
Location: Concourse level 1, Sherfield building

Help and Support

Stop smoking

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!

External support and treatment options

External support

There is plenty of help out there. Evidence shows that you are up to four times more likely to give up smoking for good if you get the right support.

Kick It - stop smoking service provisions are available in hospitals in Hammersmith and Fulham.

One You - stop smoking service provisions are available in hospitals in Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and City of Westminster.

Stop Smoking Services near Silwood Park - no local GP’s or Mobile units cover the area. These three pharmacies are the closest to Silwood Park Campus. 

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 - call 0300 123 1044 (telephone service for all London residents)

NHS Live Well - offers free advice via method of your choice (email, Quit Kit, app and SMS) 

Treatment options

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
  • Inhalators
  • 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.