Quit tobacco for good this New Year


It’s that time of year again – a New Year brings about a new reason to start fresh and drop unhealthy habits.

As stopping smoking or chewing tobacco (sada/zarda) is one of the most popular resolutions, Tower Hamlets Council is making it easier than ever for residents’ to quit the habit for good. The borough has one of the highest rates for smoking compared to the rest of London and chewing tobacco common amongst the Bangladeshi community – particularly women – the council is hosting a variety of free drop-in sessions to help residents quit.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs said: “As a council we are supporting residents to make healthier choices by getting support from specialist advisors. If your New Year’s resolution is to quit smoking or chewing tobacco, there are fantastic free local services that can help you achieve your goal.”

Advisors from the local stop smoking service, Quit Right Tower Hamlets, will be available across the borough from the beginning of January to provide friendly advice, tips and information on nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), including vaping and e-cigarettes.

An electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) is a device that allows you to inhale nicotine and is up to 95 per cent safer ¹ than tobacco. E-cigarettes work by heating and creating a vapour from a solution that typically contains nicotine along with other ingredients to produce a vapour and flavourings.  As there is no burning involved, there is no smoke.

A free drop-in session on vaping as an alternative to smoking is being held on 23 January from 11am – 12.30pm at the Health and Lifestyle Research Unit,  2 Stayner’s Road, E1 4AH.

Lead member for health and adults Cllr Denise Jones said: “Quitting tobacco is the best thing you can do for your health and your wallet. As soon as you quit, you start to reduce your risk of getting lung cancer, heart disease, stroke and other related illnesses.

“People who use our free, local stop smoking services are more successful in stopping tobacco for good, so why not give it a go today?”

Bruce, a 52-year-old who smoked for 27 years, was supported by Quit Right Tower Hamlets to stop smoking for good, with the use of vaping.

Bruce said: “I was continually becoming more and more concerned about my health, not to mention the increasing costs of cigarettes and decided to speak to my GP about it. He referred me to Quit Right Tower Hamlets who have been consistent in supporting me and offering guidance over the past eight weeks.

“I’ve been using Nicorette Clear 24 hour patches, with the strength of 21 mg, alongside vaping.

“Vaping has been a big help. Personally I wasn’t concerned about continuing to use nicotine; I was more concerned about the negative ill-health effects of tobacco, so vaping is a good option for me. I use it to manage cravings, and I vape when I feel like having a cigarette.

“After a few weeks, I noticed I was able to breathe easier and exercise for longer with improved stamina. My sleep has also improved.

“I'm also saving about £60 per week as the cost of vaping is a fraction of the cost of smoking.

“I would highly recommend using a local stop smoking service as they give you so much information on the different types of NRT you can use and support you along the way.”

Stop tobacco advisors will be on hand throughout the month with information on quitting options including e-cigarettes and vaping.  You can also contact your GP Practice for an appointment at one of their clinics.

Please contact your nearest centre or GP practice below to book on to a free session and learn more about your quitting options:







St Paul’s Way Medical Centre, 1st Floor, 11   Selsey Street

E14 7LJ

020 7538   0833

11:00am – 1:00pm


The Wapping Group Centre, 22 Wapping   Lane E1W 2RL

020 7481   9376

3:00- 4:30pm


Harford Health Centre, 115 Harford Street
  E1 4FG

020 7790   1059

10:00am -12:00pm


St. Hilda’s East Community Centre, 18 Club Row E2 7EY

020 7739   8066

1:00pm –   2:00pm

Bromley - by - Bow Health Centre, St Leonard's   Street E3 3BT

020 3728   0980

3:00pm - 4:00pm


XX Place Health Centre, Alderney   Building, Mile End Hospital Site, Bancroft Road E1 4DG

020 7167   2828

10:00am -11:30am


Idea Store Chrisp Street, 185 E India   Dock Rd E14 6BT

020 7364   4332

12:00pm -1:30pm


Whitechapel Health Centre (Shah Jalal Medical Centre), 44-56 Hessel Street

E1 2LP

020 7702   2036

3:00pm – 4:30pm

The Limehouse Practice, 11 Gill   Street E14 8HQ

020 7515   2211

10:00am -12:00pm


London Muslim Centre, 82-92 Whitechapel   Road E1 1JQ

020 7650 3000

1:00pm -2:30pm


East One Health, 14 Deancross   Street E1 2QA

020 7790   2978

4:30pm -5:30pm

Albion Health Centre, 333 Whitechapel   Road E1 1BU

020 7456   9820

10:00am   -12:00pm

2 Stayners Road, Health and Lifestyle Research Unit
  E1 4AH
  Drop in Session


The Mission Practice, 208 Cambridge   Heath Road
  E2 9LS

020 8983 7300

5:00pm -7:00pm



The Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel Road, lift Number 8, Floor 2,   E1 1BB


10:00am – 1:30pm

The Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel Road, Antenatal Clinic,   counselling room, E1 1BB


2:00pm – 4:00pm



St Andrews Health Centre,  2 Hannaford   Walk E3 3FF

020 8980   1888

10:00am - 11:30am


The Globe Town Surgery, 82-86 Roman   Road E2 0PJ

020 8980 3023

2:45pm – 4:00pm




Idea Store Bow, Gladstone Place E3   5EU

0333 370 4700
  11am – 1.30pm
  St Stephens Health Centre,
Bow Community   Hall, William Place E3 5ES

0207 364 4332

11:00am – 1:30pm




The Blithehale Health Centre, 22 Dunbridge   Street

E2 6JA

020 7739 5497

10:00am – 12:00pm


Harley Grove Medical Centre, 15 Harley   Grove
  E3 2AT

020 8983 9099

10:00am – 12:00pm



Chrisp Street Health Centre, 100 Chrisp   Street E14 6PG

020 7515 4860

10:00am -12:45pm


The Barkantine Practice, 121   Westferry Road E14 8JH

020 7510 4000

10:00am – 12:00pm


Gough Walk Surgery (Newby Place), 21 Newby Place

E14 0EY

020 7515 4701

2:30pm -4:00pm


All Saints Practice, 21 Newby Place E14 0FZ

020 7093 3895

4:15pm -5:15pm

The Spitalfields Practice, 20 Old   Montague Street
  E1 5PB

020 7247 7070

10:00am -1:00pm


Health E1
  9-11 Brick Lane
  E1 6PU
020 7247   0090




Jubilee Street Practice, 368-374   Commercial Road

020 7780   8000
  10:00am – 12pm














Live or work in Tower Hamlets? It’s now even easier to quit with services working in partnership across London.

For local stop smoking service information visit: www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/stopsmoking.

Quit Right Tower Hamlets is your local stop smoking and tobacco service and can be reached on 020 7882 8230 for free advice and support (Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm). Visit their website to find your nearest drop in clinic: www.quitrightth.org/treatment-programme/group-clinics-drop-ins/

The London-wide stop smoking helpline is available on 0300 123 1044 (charged at a local rate) part of the Stop Smoking Portal   is open  seven days a week – Monday to Friday from 9am to 8pm and Saturday and Sunday between 11am and 4pm.

Want to take part in e-cigarette research?

The health research team at Queen Mary University of London are inviting those who smoke cigarettes and e-cigarettes to take part in a study to gain a greater understanding of how ‘dual use’ develops over time. They are inviting 500 such smokers to take part. The study will involve queries around your vaping and smoking use via telephone or email at three monthly intervals, over a 12-month period. The surveys will only take approximately 10 minutes each to complete. Participants will receive £5 vouchers for their time, but the main reward for taking part is to contribute to answering important scientific questions that are likely to help people stop smoking in the future.

If you are happy to take part in this important research, please contact health-research@qmul.ac.uk or call 0207 882 5722 for more information.

Posted on Monday 8th January 2018