Harrow’s Smoking Cessation Service provides support for people who want to stop smoking and for organisations that help people to stop smoking.
Smoking across the UK accounts for more premature deaths than alcoholism, obesity and road traffic accidents combined. Harrow’s Service is accredited by the National Centre for Smoking Cessation Training and uses the most effective evidence-based methods to help Harrow residents stop smoking. It has helped 1,751 people successfully quit smoking since April 2013.
The Council proposes to end the following Smoking Cessation programmes:
- Commissioned and Specialist Stop Smoking Services
- Training on Tobacco and Smoking Cessation
- Campaigns to raise awareness of the harm of smoking; to promote attempts to quit smoking; and to stop young people from smoking
- Stop Smoking expertise for businesses, professionals and partners
- Work to tackle the proliferation of illegal tobacco and the growth of shisha
As a result, there would be no stop smoking service provided locally and the saving from this would be £279,000. People wishing to find help to stop smoking would need to find alternative resources either through GPs, who are able (if willing) to provide advice, support and prescriptions; through Pharmacies, who are able (if willing) to provide advice, support and over-the-counter drugs; or through national, charitable or commercial stop-smoking resources.
You can respond to this consultation here which is open from now until November 3, 2016.