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The public health aspiration is to continue to drive down the use of tobacco in the borough:
• stopping people starting smoking
• helping people quit smoking
• protecting people from the harmful effects of second hand smoke
Stopping smoking is amongst the most important measures that an individual can take to improve their health. Within a year, an individual's chance of heart disease is halved and in five years the risk of lung cancer is halved.
Tower Hamlets has amongst the highest level of premature death from smoking related diseases in the country and this is why offering universal smoking cessation services has been such a priority. Services support 1500-2000 to stop smoking each year in Tower Hamlets.
Using tobacco in any form is very harmful to your health. If you smoke tobacco through a cigarette or shisha, you are at increased risk of health problems such as cancer, heart and respiratory disease. Chewing paan/betel nuts can cause oral cancer and have a significant impact on your health.
There are lots of ways to quit, from using nicotine replacement therapies or e-cigarettes, to free quit tools and expert support from local NHS stop smoking services. You can put together a package that fits into your lifestyle as you are up to four times more likely to quit successfully with free expert advice and help from your local stop smoking service.
Your local pharmacy or GP:
You can drop into your local pharmacy or speak to your GP at any time for free support and advice.
BME Stop Tobacco Project:
Offers a culturally sensitive service and one-to-one support for people from the Somali, South Asian and migrant communities in Tower Hamlets looking to stop smoking, chewing tobacco or paan. Clients are given the flexibility of being seen at home or in a community setting at a number of venues across the borough. Female advisors are available for women.
Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm
Tel: 020 7882 8669 (for women), 020 7882 8660 (for men)
Specialist Stop Smoking Service
This service is for those with high levels of addiction who may need extra behavioural support provided in groups or individually. Clients can self-refer or be referred through their GP practice.
You can also drop-in at any time to have a chat at:
Health and Lifestyle Research Unit
2 Stayner’s Road
Monday to Friday, 9am-5.30pm
Tel: 020 7882 8230 or 0800 169 1943
Bangladeshi Stop Tobacco project:
Free and confidential advice and support to help you stop smoking or chewing tobacco. Bengali-speaking male and female advisors available Monday to Friday, from 9am to 6pm, on 020 7882 8669 (female) or 020 7882 8660 (male).
The Tower Hamlets stop smoking service:
Provides specialist intensive support for pregnant women. Partners can also be seen together. Women can choose to be seen at the clinic, at a children's centre or in their own homes. Call 020 7882 8230.
Useful external links:
For all General Enquiries call the Clinic Administrator Joe Rossabi on 020 7882 8230 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to respond as soon as possible.
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