Page 16

16  |  SEPTEMBER 2017 | LIVING in Havering

Keeping Havering healthy Quit smoking this

Stoptober

Stopping smoking is the best thing a smoker can do to improve their health. Havering Council supports the annual Stoptober initiative. If you are able to stop for 28 days, like the thousands of people who stopped last Stoptober, you are five times more likely to stay smoke free permanently. We are encouraging as many people as possible in Havering to join the challenge. It’s much more difficult to quit alone, but with the right support, anyone can do it.

Why give up? Smoking remains the single largest cause of preventable deaths and one of the largest causes of health inequalities in England.

14.9% of the Havering population are smokers

How does smoking impact lives?

Where to find help to stop smoking

Smoking isn’t just anti-social and expensive, it causes cancer, respiratory disease, heart attacks strokes, and affects your skin. It can also cause bones to become brittle and lungs can be badly affected, causing fatal diseases such as pneumonia and emphysema.

Stopping smoking is good for your physical and mental health, and there is more help and support available now than ever before. For information and local support: • Call the Freephone helpline number, 0300 123 1044. Lines are open 9am-8pm, Monday to Friday and 11am-4pm, Saturday and Sunday. • Visit the NHS Smokefree website www.nhs.uk/smokefree • If you’re pregnant, please speak to your midwife or contact the Stop Smoking Service for Pregnant Women on 020 8724 8018. • Talk to your pharmacist or GP for advice on which Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) products you can buy over the counter.

Illicit Tobacco and Underage Sales are a constant problem but Havering Council are working to reduce sales to under 18s and sales of counterfeit and illicit tobacco. If you have information about anyone you suspect is selling illicit or counterfeit tobacco, please report it to trading.standards@havering.gov.uk or the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 040506. Havering has a team of Community Health Champions to assist with information about smoking cessation and all aspects of healthy lifestyle choices. To contact a Champion, or to receive free training to become a Health Champion yourself call 01708 797705 or email: myhealthmatters@tapestry-uk.org. Alternatively visit them at any of the upcoming health promotion events found on their website.

i

www.havering.gov.uk/stopsmoking

Profile for Havering Council

Living in Havering 178 September 2017  

Living in Havering is a free community magazine published by Havering Council and delivered to 106,000 residents, businesses and outlets acr...

Living in Havering 178 September 2017  

Living in Havering is a free community magazine published by Havering Council and delivered to 106,000 residents, businesses and outlets acr...