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Bexley’s stubbing out smoking
There are now fewer smokers in Bexley than anywhere else in south east London, new figures show. The percentage of smokers is down to 12.5%.
While the low rate shows that plenty of local residents are kicking the habit, it does mean that there are still well over 30,000 smokers in the borough.
The London Borough of Bexley provides its own free stop smoking service, where residents can get access to expert advice, patches and oral medications.
Residents can self-refer for a free six-week treatment and support programme via the Smoke Free Bexley website, without needing to make an appointment with their GP (as long as they are that are registered with a GP in the borough.) The website also offers free advice and information.
Weekly clinics are held in a number of GP practices across the borough, plus Bexleyheath Library, Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup and on-board a mobile health bus outside Morrisons in Erith.
There is also now an extra telephone Helpline available. The NHS Smokefree Helpline offers weekly telephone calls to help Londoners maintain their motivation to quit. Smokers can also speak to a trained expert advisor seven days a week, 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 11am to 4pm Saturdays and Sundays.
Cllr Peter Craske, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Environment and Leisure, said:
“We understand that the road to packing up smoking is a tough one. That is why we offer our free stop smoking service to support residents along the way. Smoke Free Bexley has proved to boost long-term success rates by up to four times and has helped thousands of residents quit for good. Now, with the launch of the new NHS Smokefree Helpline, there is even more support available to residents should they feel ready to take the first step.”
Priority appointments are given to pregnant smokers, smokers with existing smoking-related conditions and smokers identified through the NHS Health Check programme.
For more information or to self-refer for Bexley’s free stop smoking service visit www.smokefreebexley.co.uk or call a Specialist Advisor on 0800 783 2514.
For extra support, call the NHS Smokefree Helpline on 0300 123 1044.