Main telephone number:
020 8401 3000

Croydon Stop Smoking Service

Croydon hospital Stop Smoking Service offers free help, advice and access to Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) and other stop smoking medications to all smokers who live and work in the Croydon area.

You are 4 times more likely to stop smoking for good, if you use a local stop smoking service to advise you on the right products to use and offer you regular support and information.

Giving up smoking will improve your health and prevent serious illness. Stopping smoking can improve your wealth too. At today’s prices, someone smoking 20 cigarettes a day will spend over £38,000 over the next 20 years

The good news is that as soon as you stop smoking, the benefits start.

What do we offer?

To talk to someone about any of the stop smoking support services above, simply call 0208 401 3000 ext: 5906

What people have said….

Here are quotes from people who have successfully quit with Croydon Stop Smoking Service:
“After several failed attempts of quitting on my own strength, I eventually realised that I needed professional help to tackle my smoking habit. Initially I thought the clinic was not for me. I kind of believed that I would drop out and revert back to my smoking habits. How wrong was I?!”
 “Previously when I tried to quit I relied solely on my willpower. Seeing the advisers at the clinic worked as a great encouragement.”
“I had smoked on and off for 20 years: I first tried smoking when I was 13, but actually took it up aged 17. I knew that I needed to stop, but felt powerless to do so. It was something that I thought I really enjoyed. In hindsight now, I realise that I had only been fooling myself.”
“The sessions moulded around my life pretty well. I had to make a slight change to my week, but that which I’ve gained from the change has benefited me beyond my expectations.”
 “Since quitting I have got back into my health and fitness program, been to North Wales where I could really appreciate the fresh country air and booked another holiday. I feel healthier and more in charge of my behaviour. My home smells fresh and I’m financially better off too.”
“There is help out there and a variety of Nicotine Replacement Therapies to assist you in giving up. In addition to this, there is support from the advisors. You need to look calmly and honestly at yourself, believe in yourself and make a change for the better.

Smoking related illnesses

Smoking can cause a range of diseases affecting the lungs including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Together these are known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

It is largely a smoking related condition that can have serious effects on health and quality of life. It is incurable but can be prevented if you give up smoking.

What is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

The term chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is used to describe airways which are narrowed due to chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both.

Chronic bronchitis or emphysema can cause narrowing or obstruction of the airways and usually occur together.

  • Chronic means persistent.
  • Bronchitis is inflammation of the bronchi, which are the airways of the lungs.
  • Emphysema is damage to the smaller airways and airsacs of the lungs.
  • Pulmonary means 'affecting the lungs'.

How common is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?  

About one million people in the UK. It mainly affects people over the age of 40. It accounts for more time off work than any other illness.

A flare-up of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is one of the most common reasons for admission to hospital.

What causes chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

Smoking is the cause in the vast majority of cases. There is no doubt about this. The lining of the airways becomes inflamed and damaged by smoking.

About three in twenty people who smoke one pack of cigarettes a day and one in four people who smoke two packs a day develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease if they continue to smoke.

The likelihood of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease increases the more you smoke and the longer you've been smoking.

Air pollution and polluted work conditions may cause some cases, or make the disease worse. If you have never smoked it is very unlikely you will develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

How do I know if I am suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

The main symptom you will notice is not being able to breathe in and out properly.
If you have a history of smoking and a combination of the following symptoms:

  • a persistent cough known as a ‘smokers cough’
  • not being able to breathe in and out properly
  • you produce sputum or phlegm when you cough
  • are breathless on exertion

What should I do if I have any of the symptoms?

Make an appointment with your GP who will take a history of your symptoms and arrange for you to have a test called a spirometry test which will test how effective your lungs are when you breathe out.

What will happen to me if I am diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

You will be prescribed drugs to help you breathe more easily, have regular check ups with your GP and referred to a pulmonary rehabilitation service which helps you to become fitter.

If you are a smoker the Croydon Stop Smoking Service  can help you quit smoking.
You can also join Croydon Breathe Easy which is a local voluntary group, supported by the British Lung Foundation.

Breathe Easy Croydon

The group meets on the first Thursday of the month, from 12.30pm - 2.30pm at St Mathew's Church Hall, Chichester Road, Park Hill, East Croydon, CR0 5NQ.
For more information or if you are interested in joining Breath Easy, then please contact Liz on 020 7688 5594.

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