One You

One You Haringey

For advice and support on a healthy lifestyle, as well as help to quit smoking and quit smoking, call 020 8885 9095 or visit the One You Haringey website (external link).

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Case study

We spoke with Dudu Dervish, a 70-year-old former smoker from Tottenham, about his experience of quitting.

Before quitting, Dudu smoked 20 cigarettes a day for 40 years. It was a terrible habit he had lost. Smoking for many years had a devastating effect on Dudu’s health. He could never get a good night’s sleep because he always woke up in the middle of the night with a choking cough.

Suffering for more than 10 years, Dudu decided to quit smoking. During one of Tottenham’s regular trips to the resort, Dudu discovered OneYou Haringey’s smoking cessation services. He spoke to a counselor and was given support and advice. Dudu was given patches and special chewing gum to quench his nicotine cravings.

He started using high-strength patches and then switched to low-strength patches, and now he doesn’t need them. The process took only two and a half months. Dudu’s health has improved considerably since he quit smoking. He said:

“It’s better for me to sleep and now I can sleep all night. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to quit smoking – the sooner the better! ”

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Smoking in the Haringey – the main facts

Number of smokers in Haringey:

  • About one in five Haringey residents smokes
  • The prevalence of smoking in Haringey is 20.6% – the eighth highest in London and 19.5% higher than the national average.

A number of local Healthy Living Pharmacies (HLPs) and doctors also support smoking cessation. Contact your doctor or local pharmacist to ask if they support smoking cessation.

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Non-smoking houses and cars

Non-Smoking Homes and Cars

When you smoke inside your house or car, everyone there is exposed to harmful second-hand tobacco smoke. Most second-hand smoke is invisible and odorless, so even if you can’t see or smell any smoke, it’s probably still there.

People who breathe second-hand smoke are at the same risk as smokers, including cancer and heart disease.

Babies and children are at greater risk because their lungs are not fully developed and they breathe faster, so they absorb more toxins than adults. Health risks include asthma and chest infections, middle ear infections, meningitis, behavioral and learning difficulties, and infant mortality among infants. About 9,500 children under the age of five are hospitalized each year in the UK due to the effects of second-hand smoke.

Babies in the womb can also be harmed by exposure to secondhand smoke.

The hidden dangers of smoking in your home or car

  • Cigarette smoke contains more than 4,500 chemicals, 50 of which are known to cause cancer.
  • Smoking near an open door or window does not protect you or others from second-hand smoke
  • The only way to completely protect others from the harmful effects of cigarette smoke is to make your home and car smoke-free.
  • Children learn habits from the people closest to them. If they live with a smoker, they are three times more likely to smoke when they grow up

The benefits of owning a home and car without smoking

  • You protect your children and family from cigarette smoke, you improve their health
  • Your children will be healthier and less likely to drop out of school due to illness
  • If your children don’t see you smoking, they are less likely to start smoking
  • This should help you reduce or quit smoking
  • The risk of fire in homes is significantly reduced
  • Your home and car will smell, look fresher and cleaner, and will not need to be decorated often.

Build a smoke-free home and car to protect your family

  • Tell everyone in your home and all your guests that your home and car are smoke-free
  • Explain how important it is to protect the health of your family by limiting the effects of tobacco smoke
  • Ask guests in your home to smoke outside
  • Do not store ashtrays and lighters at home or in the car
  • Ask anyone who looks after your children not to smoke next to them
  • Do not smoke, even if they allow you to smoke in someone else’s house or car

The London Fire Brigade offers individual fire safety tips in your home and will install a free smoke alarm if needed. If you or someone you know wants it free visit the fire safety at home, then fill out the online form via the link below and quote from Haringey P1-08.


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General Non-Smoking Information

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