Split up with smoking this Stoptober

Published Thursday, 17 October 2019

Stoptober is underway and smokers are being encouraged to give quitting another go – even if they've tried before.

Being smoke-free for 28 days increases success rates of quitting for good by five times.

Six out of 10 smokers want to quit and most try to quit using willpower alone (or 'cold turkey').  However, the most successful quit attempts use a combination of effective stop smoking support methods. 

To support Stoptober and our shared aim of helping more Bromley residents become smoke-free, Public Health Bromley will be working in partnership with community services to ensure that those thinking of quitting know where to access appropriate support. This includes:

  • 19 GP surgeries in Bromley providing a face-to-face stop smoking service for their patients
  • Stop Smoking London Service offering Telephone Helpline and website, 7 day a week, specialist advice and support, from a trained advisor. Tel: 0300 1231044  
  • This includes a specific service for pregnant smokers. 
  • Nicotine replacement therapy, which is most effective when used in combination, for example: an all-day patch together with a fast acting option such as an inhaler or lozenges to help deal with immediate cravings. Local pharmacies offer a range of nicotine replacement therapies (NRT) for sale and advice how to use them.
  • Specialist Vape Shops will advise and help find the e-cigarette which will be most suitable for each individual. It is important to use UK-regulated e-liquids, and never risk vaping illicit or home-made e-liquids
  • Online and digital support including: Free Stoptober or NHS Smokefree Apps

“Smokers in Bromley spend roughly £73m on tobacco products each year, that’s about £2,050 per smoker. Though it is understood that the majority of smokers try to quit unassisted,  this is in fact the least effective way to become smoke-free, whereas making use of the range of support available greatly improves your chances of stopping for good,” said Councillor Diane Smith, Executive Member for Adult Care and Health.

Public Health, Bromley and its partners are encouraging all residents to visit www.bromley.gov.uk/Health to check out the range of support services available and to take the first step towards being smoke-free together with thousands of others during Stoptober.

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