Help to Stop Smoking

 

Smoking is one the major causes of a variety of diseases including cancer, lung disease and cardiovascular. If you are a smoker, one of the biggest impact you can make to improve your health is to stop smoking. If you are a long term smoker, you can start by first reducing the amount you smoke. Start by INCREASING the interval between cigarettes.

 
You can get support to stop smoking not just at the practice but also in local pharmacies. We also have an excellent stop smoking specialist team that can provide specialist support, especially for those with long term conditions. Please click the picture above for further information about how you can get support. If you want to have medication prescribed to help you stop smoking, you can click the REQUEST MEDICATIONS tab on the menu bar.

 

There are many way to quite and you do not just have to go "cold turkey" (though it is always an option for some). The research evidence shows that people are 4 times as likely to quit with some form of support. The support can take the form of prescriptions such as nicotine replacement and tablets like Champix (also known as Varenicline).
But people will often do best with the help of some behavioural support and this can be accessed by clicking the link above to take you to the Lambeth stop smoking specialist team. Please don't hesitate to discuss this with any healthcare professional at the practice. You can also advise us of your hope to quit via an online form (econsult).
Finally, some people will have found benefit using electronic cigarettes. Although we know that it is safest to not inhale any chemicals, we know that the vast majority of electronic cigarettes are vastly safer than inhaling smoke. Therefore, we would advocate people who have struggled to give up via all the other means to consider trying electronic cigarettes. Unfortunately, it is still largely an unregulated arena, therefore we cannot give advice on which ones would be safest but we hope to be able to provide a steer once there is more effective and structured regulation in place.