Stopping smoking

If you're a smoker, taking action to stop smoking is the single most important step you can take to protect your health.  Diseases like throat cancer, mouth cancer, bladder cancer, lung cancer, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and heart disease are all caused by smoking. If you want to find out more about the damage smoking does to your body, watch our Smokefree video.

Stopping smoking has huge benefits and it’s never too late to give up.  

Web portal for online help

Visit Stop Smoking London to learn more about the choices you have to help you give up smoking.

Here you can select the type of support you think would best help you on your quit journey and understand how each one increases your chances of success. 

Just enter your postcode and you'll be provided with more information about the support available in Southwark. 

Telephone helpline gives 1-2-1 support

If you are determined to quit, you can get dedicated personal support and advice from a telephone helpline.

There are currently around 1.3 million Londoners who smoke tobacco, and with the widening range of options available, now is always a good time to stop.

The Stop Smoking London helpline (0300 123 1044) has been set up to help people navigate through those options and find a way that suits them. Advisers work with smokers on a 1-2-1 basis to create a quit plan, give tips on will power and make follow-up calls to offer motivation and support.

You can also talk to your local pharmacy. They have specialist stop smoking advisors who can help you plan how to quit and support you through the first few difficult weeks after you stop smoking.

For people who want to stop smoking, several different treatments are available from shops, pharmacies and on prescription to help them beat their addiction and reduce withdrawal symptoms.  The most suitable treatment will depend on personal preference, age, whether women are pregnant or breastfeeding, and any existing medical conditions. 

Smokers can call the helpline seven days a week from Monday to Fridays between 9am and 8pm, and on Saturday and Sunday between 11am and 4pm. 

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Guy's and St Thomas' specialist stop smoking services

The Guy's and St Thomas' Stop Smoking Service is available all year round to give advice and support people who may find it harder to stop smoking or who are housebound. This services is for: 

  • pregnant women
  • parents with children under 18
  • people with long-term physical health conditions
  • people with mental health conditions
  • routine and manual workers

People who use the service are four times more likely to stay smoke free so why not go along to a session for advice about how you can quit smoking once and for all. NHS Stop Smoking Advisors will be able to give you lots of tips on ways to stop the inevitable cravings and how to stay on track, with a personal 'quit plan' that is tailored to your needs.

You can book an appointment by emailing or calling them on 0800 169 6002 or 020 3049 8550.