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.
One You Hounslow provides a stop smoking service for everyone that lives, works, studies, or has a GP in the Borough of Hounslow.
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.
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.
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
“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.