World No Tobacco Day is this Friday, May 31st and at Barts Health we are raising awareness of the importance of quitting smoking for your health.
Smoking is the leading cause of preventable illness and death in the UK and if you want help to quit smoking, there are a number of options available to you.
The best thing you can do for your current and future health is to stop smoking.
Our free NHS stop smoking service provides expert advice, support and encouragement from specialist practitioners to help you stop smoking for good.
Your doctor, nurse or therapist should ask about your smoking status and offer a referral to a stop smoking service. They can do this using the contact details in your notes. If you are an inpatient, you should also be offered nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) to help manage any nicotine cravings you may have while in hospital.
The NHS stop smoking service offers one to one support and the specialist practitioner will talk you through the different nicotine replacement products and other stop smoking medicines available. They can also recommend products or a combination of products to suit you.
The sessions usually start a couple of weeks before you quit so you can prepare for your quit date. To help motivate you, your advisor can measure the levels of carbon monoxide (CO) in your body using a CO monitor. You will notice how the levels of CO drop to the same level as a non-smoker just 24 hours after your last cigarette!
Studies show that you are up to four times more likely to quit with specialist help. Your clinician can make a referral for you to a stop smoking service, or you can self-refer to a service close to your home/work via the website or you can attend one of our onsite clinics:
St Bartholomew’s Hospital - Wednesdays, 9am-1pm
King George’s Building (KGV), clinic 1 (drop-in clinic)
This clinic is run by Square Mile Health
Tel: 0300 303 2715
Whipps Cross Hospital - Wednesdays, 9.30am -11.30am
Smoking cessation room, Junction 4
This clinic is run by Everyone Health
Please phone: 0333 005 095 to make an appointment