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​People in Greenwich urged to pair up this No Smoking Day

Smokers in Greenwich are being encouraged to pair up with a loved one and "quit together" as part of a London-wide campaign to help them kick their habit.

Ahead of No Smoking Day (11 March), GPs in the borough are also highlighting the range of support available to help people give up for good to improve their health.

A recent survey by Stop Smoking London found that most smokers were keen to quit. Furthermore, those who successfully quit were more likely to have fewer smokers in their social networks, while smokers said the habit was normal among their peers.

In Greenwich, 18.1 per cent of people smoke, but using the right support makes it four times more likely that you will give up for good. There are several tools available to help you, including:

  • Greenwich Health provides free advice support sessions at various venues across the borough. For more information visit: 
  • A personal quit plan is a free and easy-to-use digital tool that helps smokers find alternatives such as e-cigarettes (vaping). It takes into account how much you smoke and any quitting support you have used before.
  • The NHS Smokefree website offers free proven support at every step of the process to help you give up smoking. One option is to download the free NHS Smokefree app.  
  • You can also call the Stop Smoking London helpline 0300 123 1044 for more information or to sign up for a 28-day motivational quit programme. Lines are open 7 days a week, from 9am to 8pm weekdays and 11am to 4pm at weekends.

Smokers may be used to hearing about the harm being caused to their health, but there are several benefits to giving up. Stopping smoking can: make you look better as it slows down the ageing process, save you money (£38 a week on average) and even improve your sex life. You can find more about the benefits of quitting on the Stop Smoking London website.

Dr Krishna Subbarayan, a local GP and Chair of NHS Greenwich Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said:

"There are many free tools and services to help you stop smoking, but pairing up with a close friend or loved one can help as motivation. 

"No Smoking Day gives smokers another opportunity to try to quit. There are many local services and schemes across Greenwich available all year round that offer advice and support for people who want to stop smoking – and you are four times more likely to do so with help from the NHS."