Stop smoking




Start breathing this Stoptober

Smokefree City & Hackney launches Stoptober 2021 campaign

Stop smoking and start ….

Since its launch, 2 million smokers have made the decision to quit during Stoptober


This Stoptober the core message is all about stopping smoking and starting something better:

As soon as you stop smoking, your body starts to heal itself ….

  • Circulation improves: stop smoking and start moving
  • Breathing improves: stop smoking and start breathing
  • Finances improve: stop smoking and start saving (as much as £36 per week)

This Stoptober Smokefree City & Hackney is asking local smokers to join the thousands of people who will quit smoking in October. We will be asking “What will you start this Stoptober?”

Smokefree City & Hackney is the local stop smoking service for anyone who lives, works or studies in the City or Hackney (or who is registered with a City or Hackney GP),

The service offers a 12 week stop smoking programme with access to a dedicated stop smoking advisor and stop smoking medication (free to those who don't pay for prescriptions)

With support and medication, the likelihood of quitting is three times higher than for those who try to go it alone.

Last year, over a thousand people in Hackney gave up smoking with help from a Smokefree City & Hackney advisor and here’s what some of them said about the service:

Fantastic service and the advisors were so encouraging and supportive. Thank you

Keep up the good work, thank you so much!!!

Thank you for your help and support, it was really helpful to have a cheerleader to help me give up smoking!

My advisor was very supportive and encouraging and was able to give detailed and reassuring advice at every turn. I felt like he really understood the hurdles I’d have to get over to beat my addiction.

This is a super nice service!

And here’s what Cllr Chris Kennedy, Cabinet Member for Health, Adult Care and Leisure, Cllr says about the service:

"I am a particular admirer of Professor Chris Whitty and was appalled and saddened by a fact he highlighted earlier in the year: we lost more people to smoking-related diseases in 2020 than we did to Covid. This Stoptober, I am proud to remind people that we have a brilliant programme in the borough, Smokefree City & Hackney, that can help you quit."

For more information about Stoptober and Smokefree City & Hackney visit or call the service on 0800 046 9946.

Published: Sep 30, 2021