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Stop smoking with free support during Stoptober

Those living and working in Tower Hamlets will again be encouraged to quit tobacco for 28 days and beyond during the month of October as part of the national ‘Stoptober’ campaign.

Local stop smoking organisation Quit Right Tower Hamlets launched their campaign outside of Whitechapel Idea Store with Mayor John Biggs and Director of Public Health, Dr Somen Banerjee. The team engaged with residents about their quitting options, signing them up to the free challenge and providing free and friendly support.

This year’s Stoptober is more important than ever as a new nationwide survey of 2,000 current smokers found that nearly half (45 per cent) have been smoking more since the first lockdown began, due to increased stress levels.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs said: “This free support couldn’t be timelier, following such a difficult year. Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health so why not access free support from these specialist advisors to improve the likelihood of your success.”

Councillor Rachel Blake, Deputy Mayor for Adults, Health and Wellbeing, said: “It’s great to see this year’s Stoptober campaign launch, with lots of engagement with residents to give them the support they need. Stopping smoking can be a huge challenge but there are lots of resources available to help you quit.”

Advisors from Quit Right will support those looking to quit throughout their four week journey, offering free nicotine replacement therapies such as lozenges or e-cigarettes and checking in with them along the way.

The Quit Right Tower Hamlets team offer free and in-person sessions via GP surgeries, Idea Stores and the London Muslim Centre, from Monday to Friday. You can find your nearest location online.

The Stoptober campaign offers a range of free quitting tools including: the NHS Quit Smoking app, Facebook messenger bot, Stoptober Facebook online communities, daily emails and SMS, and an online Personal Quit Plan. The Personal Quit Plan helps people find a combination of support that’s right for them, including expert support from local stop smoking services and stop smoking aids.

Anyone can sign up to the pledge and find out more information on Stoptober online (www.smokefree.nhs.uk/stoptober).

Your local pharmacist or GP can provide information about stopping smoking at any time.

For more information on how the QMUL Stop Smoking Services visit the Stoptober website.

Posted on Thursday 30th September 2021