Smoking is one of the leading causes of death in Thurrock – 1 in 2 long-term smokers die prematurely due to smoking.

Smoking can increase the risk of dying from cancer. This is caused by:

  • disease
  • disability
  • heart disease
  • lung disease

You should stop smoking to reduce these risks. The benefits of quitting include:

  • Reduces the risk of lung cancer, heart disease and other lung diseases
  • reduces the risk of disability and disease caused by smoking
  • protect others from second-hand smoke
  • your food will be tastier
  • you will reduce your child’s chances of suffering from bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma attacks, meningitis and ear infections.
  • you will increase your fertility level and your chances of a healthy pregnancy and baby
  • you will improve your breathing and fitness

Studies show that two-thirds of smokers want to quit.

Where to get help

You can get help to stop smoking by calling the Thurrock Healthy Lifestyle Service, who can arrange a meeting with your local doctor-practitioner or a smoking cessation counselor at a local location for you.

There are a number of other ways to get information and support to stop smoking:

Our strategy

Download our prevention, treatment and tobacco control strategies to reduce smoking at Thurrock.