Smokers in Hackney are being encouraged to give up cigarettes for the ninth annual Stoptober campaign this month.
More than 40,000 people in Hackney who smoke are being encouraged to use the free resources and support available in the borough.
For smokers who live, study or work in the borough, Smokefree Hackney offers free medication (prescription charges may apply) and one-to-one support for up to 12 weeks.
The importance of the campaign is more significant this year as smokers are at an increased risk from Covid-19.
Smoking harms the immune system, reducing the body’s natural protection against infections like coronavirus.
Nicola Killeen, who quit after she had been smoking on and off for 38 years said:
Due to the limitations caused by the pandemic support services will be delivered over the phone and online. You can also download the Stoptober app for extra support.
For more information about Stoptober and Smokefree Hackney visit smokefreehackney.org or call us on 0800 046 9946.