Publish date: 13 March 2024

Today marks the 40th anniversary of No Smoking Day.

There are more than 5.3 million adults in England who smoke, and smoking remains the single largest preventable cause of death in England.

The Trust offers a number of smokefree services to support people to reduce their tobacco intake or quit altogether.

The Trust supports patients attending our inpatient services who want to give up smoking, as well as those who must temporarily abstain whilst staying in hospital.

In Ealing, the Trust runs a specialist smokefree service to support people during pregnancy and with their mental health.

Patients in this service are given a 12-week personalised programme to support them to achieve their smokefree goals, including 1 to 1 behavioural support, free provision of nicotine replacement therapy and advice about the use of e-cigarettes.

We also offer specialist training to our clinical staff training and qualifications in nicotine management and supporting smokers with their mental health.

Up to two in three smokers will die as a result of long-term smoking. Almost every minute of every day someone is admitted to hospital in England with a smoking-related disease and in 2022-23, there were an estimated 400,000 hospital admissions in England due to smoking and one in four hospital patients is a smoker.

Despite the clear health risks of smoking, it’s estimated that nearly 50 million cigarettes are smoked every day in England – around nine cigarettes a day per smoker.

However, smoking rates have reduced considerably since the first year of No Smoking Day 40 years ago and this year’s No Smoking Day campaign aims to continue this pattern and encourage people to quit by offering free proven NHS resources and advice.

Be part of the change and help build a smoke free generation.

Should you require further information about stopping smoking there is more support out there in West London and beyond.