Well done! You've just taken your first step towards stopping smoking.
Now is the time to quit. Every cigarette causes you real harm and quitting smoking is the best thing you can do for your health.
There’s lots of free support to help you quit now.
020 8973 3545
Find out how quickly you'll notice the benefits of stopping
After 20 minutes
Pulse rate returns to normal.
After 8 hours
Nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in blood reduce by more than half and oxygen levels return to normal.
After 48 hours
Carbon monoxide will be eliminated from the body. Lungs start to clear out mucus and other smoking debris.
After 48 hours
There is no nicotine in the body. Ability to taste and smell is improved.
After 72 hours
Breathing becomes easier. Bronchial tubes begin to relax and energy levels increase.
After 2-12 weeks
Your circulation improves.
After 3-9 months
Coughs, wheezing and breathing problems improve as lung function increases by up to 10%.
After 1 year
Risk of heart disease is about half compared with a person who is still smoking.
After 10 years
Risk of lung cancer falls to half that of a smoker.
After 15 years
Risk of heart attack falls to the same as someone who has never smoked.
Face to face support
We provide face to face stop smoking support for the following groups:
- People with mental health conditions
- Pregnant women
- Young people aged 19 years of age or under
- People with respiratory conditions
If you do not fit into one of the categories above we offer up to 4 x 30 minute telephone sessions with a health advisor.
All of the stop smoking clinics listed below are available by appointment only. To book an appointment, call 020 8973 3545.
Nelson Health Centre
Cricket Green Medical Centre
Francis Grove Surgery
Tamworth House Medical Centre
If you fit into the categories above, but are unable to attend the times of our clinics we also offer structured telephone support (evidence based counselling) to help you quit. In order to provide this telephone support we will need to take your carbon monoxide (CO) reading at your first session; this will be followed by 4 weeks of telephone support before we take another CO reading at your last session to verify your quit status.
Carbon monoxide is a poison that comes from anything organic that burns including tobacco. Therefore we record this level with a monitor at the beginning and end of our programme and it can be very motivating to see your CO level reduce after having completed the programme.
Call us to find out more about the telephone support we can give you to quit.
020 8973 3545
If you have finished your course of telephone support with us and feel you still need additional telephone support to stop smoking you can call Stop Smoking London.
Further telephone support
Stop Smoking London provides a special enhanced telephone service for anyone wanting to stop smoking. Call the number below and just say you are calling from London.
You can call the helpline 9am to 8pm Mon-Fri and 11am to 4pm Sat-Sun and speak to a specially trained advisor.
0300 123 1044
E-cigarettes and Vaping
Watch the videos below to find out more about e-cigarettes and vaping.
NHS Smokefree App
The NHS Smokefree app can help you stop smoking by providing daily support and motivation.
SF28 is your Road to a Smoke Free future, guiding you through the first 28 days of your quit attempt as well as helping you prepare for your quit.