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NELFT NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of  community health and mental health services across the north east London Boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest, Essex and Kent and Medway

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No Smoking Day event in Walthamstow hailed as a huge success

NELFT’s Stop Smoking Service has been running events across Redbridge and Waltham Forest centred around National No Smoking Day on Wednesday 8 March. The events are covering nine days, from March 7-15, and aimed at encouraging smokers to give up their habit for good.

Stop Smoking Adviser Stephen Ashelford was delighted with the response from the public on No Smoking Day. He said: “At Walthamstow tube station today we’ve had one of our busiest ever days, with half an hour of the event still to run we’ve had more than 40 people sign up for help.”

Free help is available from NELFT's Stop Smoking Service that offers support either in person at the local events or over the phone. The specialist advisors will help people understand their habit and addiction and guide them every step of the way towards successful quitting by offering tailored advice on behaviour change, Nicotine Replacement Therapy and advice on electronic cigarettes (Electronic cigarette devices are not provided by the service).

Nineteen percent of adults smoke in Great Britain, which is just under 1 in 5. Smoking prevalence is on a gradual decline, down from a peak of 46% seen in 1974. Surveys show that around 66% of smokers are interested in quitting, but only around 35% make a quit attempt.

The remaining venues for the Stop Smoking Events in March are:

Walthamstow tube station – Saturday 11 March - 11am-2pm

Ilford station – Saturday 11 March - 11am-2pm

Seven Kings station - Tuesday 14 March - 3pm-7pm

Blackhorse Road tube station – Wednesday 15 March - 3pm-7pm

Stop Smoking Service advisors will be available to provide information about the free local support available, smoking cessation medications and advice on electronic cigarettes, and can also offer free carbon monoxide testing.

If you would like further advice and support to quit, please contact the Stop Smoking Service on 0800 032 0102 or email stopsmokingservice@nelft.nhs.uk