It’s never too late to get support to quit smoking


Dr Pritti Aggarwal, Southampton GP clinical chief at NHS Hampshire, Southampton and Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group are asking viewers to commit to stopping tobacco on Monday 31 May for World No Tobacco Day.

Next week we join the World Health Organization to encourage Southampton smokers to quit smoking on Monday 31 May, World No Tobacco Day. Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health.

This Monday we are sharing stories on social media of local smokers on their journey to quit and general practitioners like Dr Pritti Aggarwal. These people who quit may be generations apart, but are committed to the same goals: quit smoking to improve their health, save money, and protect the health of those around them.

Cllr Ivan White, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care, Southampton City Council, said: “If there is one thing we have learned from the pandemic, it is that our health is precious. Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health, your wallet and the health of those around you. “

Dr Pritti Aggarwal, Southampton GP Clinical Chief at NHS Hampshire, Southampton and Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Unfortunately 1 in 2 smokers die from smoking-related diseases. We are delighted that hundreds of people across Southampton have already stopped smoking World No Tobacco Day is a wonderful day to commit to enjoying life non-smoking. “

You can learn more about quitting smoking by visiting NHS Better Health Stop Smoking.

Or search ‘Smokefree NHS’ online to find a range of free quit support, including the Smokefree app, personal quit plan, Facebook and email support and advice. You can call the national helpline on 0300 123 1044.

Visit the council’s quit smoking website for a list of local pharmacies where you can receive free, friendly support that can greatly increase your chances of quitting forever. You are three times more likely to quit support and nicotine replacement therapy (NRT).

We recommend that you call your preferred pharmacy as they may support people differently during this time.