If you smoke then the best thing you can do for your health is to stop smoking. We know this can be a very difficult habit to break which is why there is so much support available to help you to go smokefree.
One You Merton provides a stop smoking service for everyone that lives, works, studies, or has a GP in the Borough of Merton.
"I am seventy four, and I’ve been thinking about stopping smoking for a long time. One morning I decided to give it a try. If you want to give up cigarettes, you need to be firm with yourself. I would also suggest looking for an organisation to help you and finding someone you have confidence in. When I felt weaker, I called my support lady for encouragement. I was a smoker for forty years, and I always thought I couldn’t do it until she told me that I can. I feel better now that I don’t smoke. I wish I’d done it earlier."
Iyabode Animashaun, Merton resident
The Quit Plan tool below from the UK Health Security Agency can help you to easily and quickly find the right support to help you to quit smoking. Also, below you can find out more about different stop smoking medications available to help you to stop smoking.
Get your free personal stop smoking action plan with Public Health England’s Quit Plan tool. You just need to answer 3 simple questions and the quit plan tool will show you your stop smoking support options.
There is a wide variety of stop smoking aids that can help you in your journey to becoming smokefree. You may find that Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) may be helpful to you or it may be more helpful to try a product like Champix (varenicline), although there are some restrictions around the use of this medication.
If you would like some stop smoking support on the go then why not download the NHS Quit Smoking app. The app can help you to monitor your progress and help you track how much money you are saving during your stop smoking journey.
The sooner you quit, the sooner you’ll notice changes to your body and health.
Find out about the importance of having a smokefree pregnancy and the dangers of secondhand smoke.
Learn about the various other harmful types of tobacco there are beyond cigarettes.
Stopping smoking can be hard, but it is important to do all you can to stop smoking for the health and wellbeing of your baby if you are pregnant.
As well as cigarettes some people smoke shisha and others use other forms of tobacco which are not smoked but can all still be harmful to your health. These other forms of tobacco include paan, betel quid and chewing tobacco.
There are many different benefits to stopping smoking which range from immediate benefits to your health, saving money, reducing the likeliness of future illness and also living longer.
The free Stop Smoking London Helpline provides telephone support 7 days a week. If you would like to talk to one of their trained advisors call: 0300 123 1044
Helpline opening hours
Monday to Friday: 9am to 8pm
Saturday and Sunday: 11am to 4pm
If you would like to chat to someone online about support to stop smoking then you can contact the Stop Smoking London helpline team.
It can be difficult to keep motivated when stopping smoking, which is why the NHS provides a free 28 day course of support e-mails to help you to get through the first month of stopping smoking.
If you would like to join an online group to get advice from other smokers on their experience of stopping smoking and also share your own experiences then you can join the NHS Smokefree Facebook group.
How are you feeling? Would you like some information on simple steps you can take towards looking after your mental wellbeing?
If so, then why not use the Mind Plan tool. It only takes a few minutes to complete!