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Free help to quit smoking

Smoking is still the single largest preventable cause of poor health and an early death in Lambeth.

One in five adults in Lambeth smoke (19.9 per cent), and 5.8 per cent of 15 year olds are current smokers.

But free help is available to anyone who wants to quit and improve their chances of good health and there is a wealth of support available in Lambeth. If you can give up smoking for 28 days, you're five times more likely to give up for life.

Stoptober, the national Public Health England campaign to encourage people to quit, kicks off today (1 October), and from now it is against the law to smoke in a car which contains anyone under 18 - so this is the perfect time to try to give up.

GP Dr Adrian McLachlan, who chairs NHS Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) which plans and pays for the bulk of the borough's healthcare, said: "Smoking costs lives and robs smokers of their good health. Smoking during pregnancy significantly increases the risk of miscarriage, stillbirth and cot death. We know it can be difficult to give up, but it is easier with help and support.

"Giving up not only improves your own life, even if you have been smoking for 40 years, but also those of your friends and family. Smoking is responsible for one in every five deaths in adults aged over 35 in England. Half of all long-term smokers die prematurely because of a smoking-related disease.

"Giving up will also save you money – a 20-a-day habit can cost nearly £2,000 a year, enough for a good holiday – and, of course, it will save the NHS money on treating you."

Last year (2013-14), 4,373 people used the free Lambeth NHS stop smoking service. Support is offered through the borough's GP practices and pharmacists. You can sign up to Stoptober, which is supported by celebrities including Al Murray the Pub Landlord, Rhod Gilbert, Bill Bailey and Shappi Khosandi, on the website https://stoptober.smokefree.nhs.uk/ or contact your nearest clinic.


Sign up for free at:
Lambeth community stop smoking service
Tel: 0800 856 3409 or 020 3049 5186
Email: Gst-tr.stopsmokinglambeth@nhs.net

Hospital (Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust) stop smoking service
Tel: 020 7188 0995
Email: Gst-tr.gsttstopsmokingservice@nhs.net
Website: http://www.guysandstthomas.nhs.uk/our-services/stop-smoking-service/overview.aspx.

For details of clinics visit Stop Smoking. Sign up to Stoptober here.


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Note to editors:
Shisha is becoming increasingly popular in Britain with the emergence of specialist shops. Tobacco is sweetened with fruit and molasses. The smoke still contains nicotine, tar, arsenic and lead found in normal cigarettes but one puff is the equivalent of a whole cigarette. A typical shisha session can last up to an hour – the equivalent of smoking 100 cigarettes in one go, says the British Heart Foundation.

Lambeth clinics

Name of clinic Location DayTime 
One-to-one clinics Gracefield Gardens Health and Social Care Centre
2-8 Gracefield Gardens
London
SW16 2ST
Monday10am-2pm
Pavillion Medical Centre
9 Brighton Terrace
Brixton SW9 8DJ 
Tuesday10am-12.30pm 
Hurley Clinic
Ebenezer House
Kennington Lane
London SE11 4HJ
Wednesday1.30pm-4pm
 Mosaic Club House
65 Effra Road
London SW2 1BZ 
Tuesday12 noon-2pm 
Lambeth Town Hall
Brixton Hill
London SW2 1RW
Wednesday11.30am-2pm
West Norwood Health and Leisure Centre
25 Devane Way
London SE27 0DF
Wednesday2pm-4.30pm
One-to-one pregnancy clinicsPavilion Medical Centre
9 Brighton Terrace
Brixton SW9 8DJ 
Friday10am-3pm
Stop smoking support group Pavilion Medical Centre
9 Brighton Terrace
Brixton SW9 8DJ 
Tuesday1-2pm (12.30-2pm for newcomers) 
Stockwell Community Centre, 1 Studley Road London SW4 6RA Thursday6-7pm