Fastest drop in smoking rates on over a decade as Stoptober launches

Hounslow’s six drop-in medical clinics are expecting a huge rise in visits in the next month as residents register to take part in this year’s Stoptober

Published: Friday, 20th September 2019

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Hounslow’s six drop-in medical clinics are expecting a huge rise in visits in the next month as residents register to take part in this year’s Stoptober. The clinics in Chiswick, Feltham, Heston, Brentford, Isleworth and Central Hounslow are encouraging all smokers to take up the campaign with the hope that many of them will give up permanently as a result. 

The latest data from the UCL Smoking Toolkit Study1 suggest a 2.2% drop in adult smoking prevalence from January to July 2019 – suggest that smoking rates in England are dropping at the fastest rate in over a decade - equating to around 200 fewer smokers every hour in this period.

Figures published ahead of the start of Public Health England’s quit smoking campaign, Stoptober, which returns on 1st October to help England’s remaining smokers “split up” with their bad relationship with smoking. 

Not smoking is now the norm in England but despite smoking rates being lower than ever before, millions still smoke across the country. Stoptober is back to help encourage smokers to make a quit attempt and join those who have already quit this year. 

Public Health England is encouraging all smokers to join in with the nation’s biggest quit attempt beginning on October 1st by providing them with the support and information they need to “split up” with smoking this Stoptober. 

Yvonne Doyle, Director for Health Protection and Medical Director at Public Health England said:

“It’s really encouraging to see these early signs of such a fast drop in smokers but we’ve still got a way to go to achieve our ambition of a smoke-free society. That’s why Stoptober is back and we are encouraging all smokers to take part. Giving up smoking is the best thing a smoker can do for their health and it can also help save money – in just 28 days smokers will start to notice so many benefits.” 

Cllr Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Communities and Workforce at Hounslow Council said:

“The campaign will target all smokers with new creative content highlighting the benefits of “breaking up”, urging them to re-evaluate their bad relationship with

smoking and “split up” this October. The creative will feature across digital, radio and out-of-home advertisements throughout the period to help keep smokers motivated during their attempt to quit. So far, Stoptober has supported over 1.9 million people on their quit journey to date and I encourage all residents who still smoke, to visit one of our drop-in clinics – it might just change your life.” 

Weekly drop-in clinics across the London Borough of Hounslow can be visited at: 

Heart of Hounslow Centre for Health
92 Bath Road, Hounslow TW3 3EL
Tuesday 10am – 11.30am
Thursday 4.15pm – 6.15pm
Heston Health Centre
25 Cranford Lane, Heston, TW5 9ER
Tuesday 3pm - 5pm
Feltham Centre for Health
Third Floor, The Centre, Feltham, TW13 4GU
Monday 1pm – 2.30pm
Monday 4pm - 6pm


Brentford Health Centre
Room 71, Boston Manor Road, Brentford, TW8 8DS
Wednesday 3pm - 5pm


West Middlesex University Hospital
Room 1, Outpatients 4, Twickenham Rd, Isleworth, TW7 6AF
Wednesday 10am - 12pm


Chiswick Health Centre
Fisher's Lane, Chiswick, W4 1RX
Thursday 11.30am – 1.00pm

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