If you smoke then the single 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 a wide range of support to help you to go smokefree.
We regret to inform you that the One You Hounslow Stop Smoking service will be coming to an end on March 31st 2023. We are, however, delighted to announce that a new service will be introduced in Spring 2023. As of the 13th February, we are no longer taking on new patients. Additionally, no pharmacy stop smoking medications will be issued after this date and will need to be processed via your GP if possible.
To ensure continuity of care, we encourage our clients to contact Stop Smoking London: Stop Smoking London – We’re Here to Help You Quit Smoking or download the NHS Quit Smoking app for interim support: Quit smoking – Better Health – NHS (www.nhs.uk) for interim support.
We thank you for your understanding and apologise for any inconvenience caused.
The One You Hounslow team
Below you will find a link to the UK Health Security Agency’s Quit Plan tool which can help you find stop smoking support quickly and easily. There is also a link to detailed information from the NHS about the different forms of stop smoking medication that available.
Get your free stop smoking action plan with the Personal 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 are 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 to 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.
“During these unprecedented times I was feeling more stressed than usual and I received a text message from NHS saying if I would need support to stop smoking again. I was delighted to get this message so I text back saying I need support.
Short time after this, I was called for a telephone consultation and following this conversation, we decided I should use patches. During these two weeks of using the patches I asked if I could use a different product, so I was recommended inhalator.
I was impressed by the willingness to help me and following up. I was happy for this easy process and I collected the item next day. At the moment I have two weeks of not smoking, it’s very good”.
Find out about the importance of having a smokefree pregnancy, the dangers of secondhand smoke and 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.
“I had a CT scan on my lungs because I started to notice I was struggling with my breathing. The scan revealed evidence of lung fibrosis, I knew from this I had to stop smoking or my health would deteriorate. I took the choice to contact the no smoking team and my call took me through to a lovely lady called Lavina, my Stop Smoking specialist. I explained to Lavina about my problems with my anxiety, smoking and feeling depressed. She was so understanding and caring to my situation and really helped me to get started with my quit attempt.
May I take this opportunity to thank Lavina and everyone in her team for the great support they put into helping me quit smoking. I can personally say from my heart Lavina has saved my life and stopped my lungs progressing and getting worse from smoking. Without Lavina and her support I probably would still be smoking and causing further damage to my lungs”.
We all need to look after our own mental wellbeing, especially with the effect that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on everyone. Use the Mind Plan tool and it will give you your own personalised plan with simple steps to help your mental wellbeing.
Public Health England has produced some advice on COVID-19 for smokers and vapers to answer questions people may have during the pandemic.