Imperial is committed to creating a healthy environment for its community. Effective August 1, 2017, all College campuses are smoke-free. Maybe you’ve been thinking about quitting for a while, and maybe it’s time to give it a try. Here is the information that will help you.
Help and Support
There is a lot of help to get out of work. Evidence shows that if you get the right support, your chances of quitting completely quadrupled. Start with free expert support, smoking cessation aids, tools and practical tips.
Residents of Kensington and Chelsea: One You Kensington & Chelsea Offers confidential advice to people living in Kensington & Chelsea.
Residents of Hammersmith and Fulham: Kickit Offer advice and support to people living in Hammersmith & Fulham and Kingston.
For those living in other areas: You Find out what smoking cessation services and support are available in your local area:
Information on smoking cessation tips can be obtained from the Department of Occupational Health and in and around the College. Occupational Health also invites smoking cessation counselors for National Smoking Day in March and a day off for Stoptober where free counseling can be provided in October.
Other sources include:
Local NHS Smoking Cessation Services – offers free expert advice tailored to individual needs and will provide you with information and advice on nicotine replacement products and other smoking cessation medications.
London Phone Portal – telephone service for all Londoners, call 0300 123 1044
NHS Lives Well – offers free advice in the method of your choice (email, Quit Kit, software and SMS)
You choose which one is right for you!
Smoke Free is based on proven and evidence-based behavior change techniques, and the professional version has been shown to double your chances of getting out. The app is very easy to use and users love it, more than 50,000 people gave it a 5 star rating. If you want to quit smoking, you probably won’t find a more useful program than Smoke Free.
Imperial College Discount: iPhone employees and students can access all the pro features of the program with a 30% discount. Click on this link and login IMPERIALKIT Enter your check code box on the next screen to get your discount. The discount for Android users will be added later this year.
Staff and students on the Silwood Park campus on the iPhone or Android have free access to all the Pro features of the app. Contact Occupational Health for more information.
There are different treatment options is available to help you quit smoking.
Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT):
Nicotine is an addictive substance in cigarettes. After smoking for a while, your body gets used to the regular doses of nicotine you get from smoking. When you stop smoking, you quickly get rid of nicotine in your body. NRT provides your body with the nicotine it desires. NRT is safer than cigarettes because it does not contain all the other harmful toxins. NRT comes in various forms, including:
- Leather patches
- Chewing gum
- Tablets, strips and lozenges
- Nasal spray
- Oral spray
NRT can be prescribed by your doctor or you can get it from a pharmacy.
Stop smoking drugs:
- Zyban (bupropion)
- Champix (varenicline)
These are available on prescription from the NHS.
Electronic Cigarettes / E. Smoking:
Electronic devices that create a visible vapor cloud, many of which contain nicotine. They are unlicensed, but people find them useful to give up.