Quit smoking with the right support for you
Lambeth's 35,000 smokers are being encouraged to "quit for your own good and the health of those around you" as the annual Stoptober campaign gets under way.
Stoptober – the 28-day stop smoking challenge – begins on 1 October.
To date, the annual campaign run by Public Health England has driven 1.7 million quit attempts and quitting success rates across the country are at an all-time high.
In Lambeth, 55,000 people have already given up smoking and NHS Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), wants to help more people do the same.
The most successful attempts to quit are made with a combination of methods, and this year Stoptober is providing a free online Personal Quit Plan, which helps smokers find the right support for them – with options including face-to-face support, nicotine replacement therapies (such as patches, inhalers or lozenges) and e-cigarettes.
Stoptober also offers a range of extra free quitting support including a Stoptober app, Facebook messenger bot, daily emails and Stoptober online communities.
Dr Adrian McLachlan, GP and Chair of Lambeth CCG, said:
"In England, 60% of smokers are trying to quit by willpower alone, going 'cold turkey', but quitting smoking is easier with the right support and there are so many other resources that can make giving up easier. You can start by searching 'Stoptober' online to get your free Personal Quit Plan and find the support that's right for you.
"If you are a smoker, quitting is the best thing you can do for your health and the health of those around you. Become part of the movement and join thousands this Stoptober who are determined to become smokefree.
At our CCG we recognise that this is also an issue for staff and have committed to the NHS Smokefree Pledge"
For more information on this year's Stoptober campaign, including the Stoptober App and giving up smoking using a Personal Quit Plan, visit the Stoptober website.
 ONS, Numbers of adults smoking by borough, 2017 https://data.london.gov.uk/dataset/smoking-indicators-borough
 ONS, Numbers of ex-smokers by borough, 2017 https://data.london.gov.uk/dataset/smoking-indicators-borough