Quit Right Tower Hamlets staff support people to quit smoking at stall outside Whitechapel Station
To mark National No Smoking Day today, the council and Quit Right are launching their #NoSmokingChallenge.
The social media campaign aims to encourage people to quit smoking by highlighting what residents could buy for the same cost as a pack of cigarettes. It also calls on residents to get involved and tweet their own purchases using the hashtag.
People smoking 20 cigarettes a day could save more than £3,000 a year by quitting.
John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: “Quitting smoking is not only good for your health, it will also have a huge financial benefit. Thinking about how else you could spend your money is a great motivator. This No Smoking Day, I’d encourage our residents to seek out some of the fantastic free support available in Tower Hamlets to help them quit. Let’s make No Smoking Day, every day.”
National No Smoking Day also saw local stop smoking service, Quit Right Tower Hamlets, offering free support and information for residents who want to use the day to kick the money guzzling habit. With the right support, smokers are four times more likely to quit than if they were to try on their own.
Last year, the service supported nearly 1,800 residents to stop smoking – the highest number of people quitting in the borough in the past five years and highest of any London borough.
Councillor Amina Ali, Cabinet Member for Adults, Health and Wellbeing, said: “Smoking, including second and third-hand smoke, leads to serious health consequences such as breathing problems, heart disease, stroke and lung cancer. There has never been a better time to stop smoking; quitting success rates are the highest they have ever been and our local stop smoking advisors can help you find the best way to quit for you.”
Quit Right can advise smokers on the many different ways to quit, including nicotine replacement therapy, which includes patches, chewing gum, lozenges or e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes have been shown to be 95 per cent less harmful than smoking.
People can access support from Quit Right by calling 020 7882 8230 (Monday -Friday, 9am-5pm), or by visiting www.quitrightth.org
Posted on Wednesday 11th March 2020