Love your lungs, go smoke-free

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 smokingOccupational Health has nurses that are trained as Stop Smoking Advisors, who can provide you with six free weekly sessions of help and support to get you through the hardest part of quitting smoking. Consultations are on a one to one basis, where you will get quality advice about medications (available on prescription) which can help you, along with support on the really difficult part which is changing your behaviour and habits so you can be smoke free for good! You’ll also be able to see your health improving with regular Carbon Monoxide tests.

Appointments are available at Occupational Health. Refer to external support for details about smoking cessation services near Silwood Park campus.

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 in the tri-borough - Clinic provisions are available in hospitals in Hammersmith and Fulham, Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, City of Westminster, Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames for people who find it difficult to attend South Kensington. Please note that these clinics can change at short notice, so it is always best to call the Kick It office first.

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.

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!

Information booklets are available from the Occupational Health Department and in and around the College on advice on giving up smoking.

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.