Stop Smoking support in Southend

Stop Smoking Services with images of people in pharmacies and vape shops

Stop Smoking Services

Any smoker who lives or works in the City of Southend-on-Sea is eligible to sign up for Stop Smoking Support.

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Smokefree Southend

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Currently there are over a 100 Stop Smoking Specialist Advisors in Southend who are ready and waiting to help any smoker who is motivated and committed to make this important change.

Quit power

You are three times more likely to stop smoking with the right support and medication. A lone quitter with no support has about a 3% chance of success, so don't delay and plan your quit today! For those support service settings that have adequate ventilation, Carbon Monoxide monitoring will be offered to patients. This is a helpful motivational tool that can track your progress and monitor your Carbon Monoxide intake from the initial assessment and throughout the quit programme.

4 Pathways of Stop Smoking Support:

GP surgery

You can book stop smoking support at your local surgery. Make sure you book with the Practice nurse or HCA who is trained as a stop smoking specialist. You can discuss your options and then you will receive a prescription for your chosen medication. Normal prescription fees will apply unless you are exempt. Commitment: For the best outcome to stay smokefree you are required to speak or see your support advisor every 14 days. This is a great way to keep up those support discussions and to keep a top up of the medications that will help you deal with cravings.

Pharmacy support

A similar service is also available at local participating pharmacies. You will be required to pay a one-off standard prescription charge (unless you are exempt e.g. over 60, pregnant) on the first week of a 10 week programme. The service will pay for the remainder 9 weeks of the programme on the basis that you attend the Pharmacy each week, and that you remain smoke free by following the ‘not a single puff’ pathway. Stopping smoking with support from your local pharmacy can be very flexible, and you may not need to book an appointment for every visit. Commitment: The Pharmacy Scheme is a weekly walk-in service. You will only be given one week of medication at a time.  This is a good, flexible, regular walk-in face to face service that will keep you on track.

Vape shop support

The Office for Health Improvement and Disparities ‘state’, that e-cigarettes and vaping are 95% less harmful than smoking. Nicotine itself is not particularly harmful, but it’s the burning of tobacco and the smoke that creates tar and the poison, carbon monoxide. 

E-cigarettes/vapes are heated products and therefore they do not burn, but regular cleaning and maintenance of a device is required to prevent the coil from burning. There are two vape shops in Southend that are trained to deliver the quit programme.  Commitment: Those who are signing up to the vape shop scheme are required to attend weekly walk-ins.  This is to ensure that you are using your device and supplies correctly and safely.

Supporting Stores

Vapour Central
73 Hamlet Court Road
01702 334448

Vapour Central
1101 London Road
0330 133 3007

Hospital in/out patient support

If you stop smoking before an operation this can really improve your recovery and reduces the risk of complications. The earlier you stop smoking the better. For example, if you stop 6 months prior to your procedure, you will cut your post-surgery risks down to the same level as a non-smoker. However, some hospital admissions are not planned, so upon admission you will be asked;

  • do you smoke? Yes/No
  • if the answer is yes, would you like to quit?
  • the nurse/HCA will explain how you can attempt a quit
  • the nurse will inform the consultant/doctor that you would like to sign up for Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)

Take positive steps to commit to the quit and look forward to a healthier you.

Stop Smoking Seminar

A one day seminar that supports you to quit smoking without the use of Nicotine replacement Therapy.

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Stop Smoking Referrals

NHS Health Professionals can refer smoker patients by completing the secure referral form.


Smoking is still the number one cause of preventable illness and death in the UK. The inhalation of tobacco smoke reduces oxygen levels, can cause high blood pressure and thickening of the arteries. Poisons can reach all areas of the body which increase the likelihood of ill health and respiratory conditions such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Cancer.

Remember the benefits of giving up smoking are clear, the health benefits, the financial benefits far outweigh the ill health and devastation of living with an illness that could have been prevented. We want to support our community to live longer, happier, healthier lives so therefore we want to make our services more visible and accessible.

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