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Phone support offers convenient and anonymous way to quit smoking in 2018

SMOKERS in London who are determined to quit in 2018 can get dedicated personal support and advice from a new telephone helpline.

There are currently around 1.3 million Londoners who smoke tobacco, and with the widening range of options available, it has never been a better 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 to create a quit plan, give tips on will power and make follow-up calls to offer motivation and support.

Specialist advisers work with smokers on a 1-2-1 basis to understand their habit and lifestyle, discuss appropriate support and medicines, and signpost them to services in their local area. For people who live in one of London's 30 participating boroughs, the telephone adviser will work with them to set a quit date and devise a plan to support it, then provide follow-up calls to track progress and coaching to keep quitters motivated.

In addition to recommending treatments and therapies, advisers talk through a range of strategies with quitters to help them think positively and keep on track.

Setting a quit date, making a plan and selecting appropriate treatment are the first step. Advisers will then help people keep to their quit date by talking through techniques to beat cravings. Simple things like how to keep your mouth and hands busy, or writing lists of benefits of quitting. Some people use physical props, like pictures of their children, to remind and motivate them.  Others will take themselves away from situations where they used to smoke or find a replacement activity, like walking or stretching.

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.

The Stop Smoking London helpline is 0300 123 1044. Smokers can call the local rate number 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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