Make 2019 the year you quit smoking for good!

      London GBnews ||

  • Support sessions to help quit cigarettes offered from 2 January 2019
  • Over 400 residents have quit over the past three months – join them!

New Year prompts us to make a fresh start and drop unhealthy habits, including smoking.

Tower Hamlets Council is making it easier than ever for residents who want to kick the habit in 2019 by laying on a series of helpful sessions giving advice and motivation on how to do just that.

The borough has one of the highest rates of smoking in the country as 19.7 per cent of the adult population smoke, (46,000) compared to 14.9 per cent nationally. Chewing tobacco is also very common amongst the Bangladeshi community, particularly women.

Advisors from the local stop smoking service, Quit Right Tower Hamlets, will be available across the borough from the beginning of January to provide friendly advice, tips and information on nicotine replacement therapy, including vaping and e-cigarettes.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets said: “As a council we support our residents to make healthier choices by getting support from specialist advisors who provide a range of options to quit tobacco. If your New Year’s resolution is to quit smoking or chewing tobacco, there are fantastic free local services that can help you achieve your goal.”

Local services have had a very successful track record as they’ve helped over 400 residents quit over the past three months.

Councillor Denise Jones, Cabinet Member for Health, Adults and Wellbeing said: “Although tobacco rates have been decreasing steadily, helping people to stop smoking remains important.. Tobacco use is linked to preventable, life-threatening conditions such as heart disease, stroke and lung cancer, as well as everyday health issues such as respiratory conditions, flu, dental health and joint issues.”

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