Stub It! this Stoptober

October 01, 2020  |  by Nicola Conwill-Brittain

Nottingham City ICP partners are urging residents to use Stoptober as reason to make quit attempts this October. More than 20% people who live in Nottingham City are registered as smokers, compared to 14.4% nationally. That means that a staggering 58,000 people in our city smoke.


Evidence shows that if a smoker can quit for 28 days then they are five times more likely to quit for good. Teaming this with behavioural support and nicotine replacement products, such as the service provided by Stub It! smokers will further increase their chance of quitting for life.


Ankish Patel, Senior Clinical Pharmacist and Stub It! Service Lead says:

“Stopping smoking, at any age, is the most important change a smoker can make to improve their health! And there is no time better time to consider giving up smoking. Quitting now may reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19 and will reduce the risks of the severe disease associated with COVID-19. Reassuringly we have seen the number of people wanting to quit smoking increase over the recent months.


“The Stub It! service has adapted to support as many people as possible during the pandemic. All consultations are completed over the phone and prescriptions are sent electronically to the patient’s chosen pharmacy. Anyone that is thinking of quitting should get in touch with their GP practice.”


Since its launch in 2018 the Stub It! service has supported approx. 1400 people on their way to quitting smoking with great success.


A graduate for Stub it says:

“The service provided at Stub It! is really good.  My stop smoking advisor was empathetic. He listened to what I had to say and provided me with excellent advice. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the service to other smokers who are thinking about quitting.”


Anyone that smokes and needs to spend time as an inpatient at one of Nottingham’s hospitals, or is under the care of Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, is routinely offered support to quit as part of their care package. Which is followed up in the community following discharge.


Zahida Niazi, Smokefree Lead, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust says:

If you are being treated in hospital, quitting smoking is the best thing you can do to help speed up your recovery, reduce the risk of any complications and re admission. At NUH our staff can support you in this with a range of stop smoking medications and behavioural support available.”


The Nottingham City ICP partners are aligned to deliver better health outcomes for the people of Nottingham city. It is never too late to quit. Stopping smoking at any age will increase life expectancy, reduce the risk of lung cancer and heart disease as well as life limiting conditions such as COPD. Conditions which are all prevalent in Nottingham city.


Residents of Nottinghamshire County can get support to kick the habit with the friendly and helpful team at Your Health Your Way.

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