Stub out cigarettes for good with Richmond's new stop smoking service

Release Date: 19 April 2017

A new stop smoking service has been launched in Richmond, giving a boost to smokers hoping to quit this year.

The Council recognises that smoking is the biggest cause of preventable ill health causing cancer, heart disease and diabetes. This contributes to the burden on local health and social care services.

An estimated 17,000 (11%) adults in Richmond smoke and 36% of our 15 year-olds have tried smoking, the highest rate in England. Over 200 deaths are attributable to smoking, and over 1,000 hospital admissions are due to smoking related conditions.

This new service, managed by Richmond Council, is a FREE service for people who live, work, or are registered with a GP based in the borough. You will receive confidential advice and support from a specialist adviser, as well as free stop smoking materials such as Nicotine Replacement Therapy.

Smokers can also get support from specialist advisers in the evenings and at the weekends, at specific locations, making the service more accessible.

Cllr Lisa Blakemore, Richmond Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health, said:

“The number of people in Richmond who smoke has dropped from 13% of residents in 2012 to around 11.9% per cent now, but smoking is still the single biggest cause of preventable death. Two-thirds of smokers want to quit.

“We want people to know that support is available at a place near you to help you give up smoking. Giving up is also great for your bank balance. People smoking a pack a day are likely to be spending more than £3,000 a year on their habit.

“Richmond’s new council run service gives smokers free, high quality support at convenient times and locations. You are four times more likely to quit when you use a stop smoking service, rather than go it alone, so I urge smokers to contact our service today.”

For more information, go to the Stop Smoking page or call: 0800 011 4558 or email stopsmoking@richmond.gov.uk

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Reference: P178/17

Updated: 28 April 2017