Quit Right Tower Hamlets

Formerly known as the ‘Bangladeshi Stop Tobacco Project’, it was an innovative, pioneering service providing culturally sensitive support for people who could not access mainstream stop-smoking services due to language and cultural barriers.

Quit Right Tower Hamlets is the specialist tobacco cessation service for the borough, providing state of the art stop smoking medications and clinical expertise to aid members of community overcome tobacco addiction. The service was formed in August 2017 via the merger of two independent services: The BME Stop Tobacco Project, and the Tobacco Dependence Research Unit.

The BME Stop Tobacco Project was founded in 1999 in response to the high prevalence of smoking amongst Bangladeshi men, and the similar prevalence of smokeless tobacco use among Bangladeshi women. Formerly known as the ‘Bangladeshi Stop Tobacco Project’, it was an innovative, pioneering service providing culturally sensitive support for people who could not access mainstream stop-smoking services due to language and cultural barriers. The project was the first of its kind, offering gender-specific advisors who accommodated the cultural and religious issues and sensitivities faced by patients who may prefer same-sex advisors and language support.  Advisors offered nicotine replacement products to smokeless tobacco users to assist them in quitting.  In 2014, the project was rebranded as the ‘BME Stop Tobacco Project’ and expanded to support people from all Black and minority ethnic backgrounds.

The Tobacco Dependence Research Unit was formed almost 20 years ago and is one of the founders of the European Centre of Excellence in Clinical Tobacco Research. Under the direction of Professor Peter Hajek, the Unit was involved in the first published trials of a number of treatments now used globally, and was instrumental in developing withdrawal-oriented treatment of tobacco addiction, now the primary approach used by the UK Specialist Stop Smoking Service, which treats over 600,000 smokers per year. The Unit’s research has been instrumental in establishing current clinical practice and guidelines for treating tobacco dependency, in the UK and worldwide. Recently, the Unit has been at the forefront of research that has informed Public Health England’s recognition of the tremendous potential for e-cigarette use to reduce smoking prevalence and addiction.

We are proud that many breakthrough advances in tobacco cessation theory and practice were pioneered in Tower Hamlets. Quit Right Tower Hamlets constitutes the synthesis of the TDRU’s and BME’s individual expertise into a single focus. Each service has worked for over two decades in Tower Hamlets, and built an exemplary track record of tobacco cessation success among local service users. Quit Right Tower Hamlets is therefore able to offer an unparalleled level of expertise and experience to its service users.

Support to quit smoking, or smokeless tobacco use, is accessible either at our main clinic in Stepney Green, or at numerous satellite locations. We offer support in both group and one-on-one settings, and we run evening and daytime clinics. To make an appointment, either ask your GP or health professional to refer you to the service, or contact us on 020 7882 8230, or email clinicbookings@qmul.ac.uk

We look forward to hearing from you!


Problems we have tackled

Cigarette Smoking

Smoking is the biggest cause of lung cancer and death in the UK.  In the UK, more than 4 in 5 cases of lung cancer are caused by smoking

Tobacco & Paan

Paan and tobacco is often consumed by members of the South Asian community. The consumption of paan with betel nut and tobacco, or just betel nut is known to cause oral cancer and compromise dental health.


Khat is predominantly chewed by members of the Somali community and is known to cause manic behavior, paranoia, and psychoses.

Oral Health

The effects of tobacco related products and smoking has a a direct impact on oral health.  Regular visits to the Dentist will help you manage your oral health.  Practitioners can help you find your nearest Dentist.

What we care about

Timely Support

Whether you’ve been referred to us by your GP or contact us directly, when you’re ready to quit smoking or tobacco related products, we want to be there to help you on your journey. 

Innovative Ideas

Our research spanning almost two decades has helped us identity key factors that help individuals quit tobacco. 

Advanced Technology

We want to use the latest technological advances to help you quit smoking. Research has shown E-cigarettes have proven to be a safer alternative.

Clear Communication

Our professional team values diversity. We know that no one person is the same. We try to offer tailored support that’s just right for you.

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If you are interested in working together, send us an inquiry and we will get back to you as soon as we can!