Tower Hamlets

Reasons for Quitting

Smoking is a prevalent habit in the United Kingdom, but it’s also one of the leading causes of preventable death. If you’re thinking about quitting smoking, here are some reasons why it’s worth considering.



Stress is a major trigger for smoking, and it can lead to anxiety and depression. It’s also a symptom of other health problems, including high blood pressure and heart disease.


Alcohol is a depressant, and it can make you feel more relaxed. Alcohol can also make you feel more confident, social, comfortable and forget about problems. These feelings can be triggers for smoking cravings because they are associated with the pleasurable effects of nicotine in cigarettes.


While relaxing with friends, you will have some that smoke and it’s easy to get triggered by them or even encouraged to smoke.

Reward Mechanism

Sometimes we want to smoke as a way to ‘reward’ ourselves. The best way to overcome a craving is to find something enjoyable to do and do it, as a potential substitute.


Caffeine affects how well your body absorbs nicotine from smoking cigarettes or other products containing tobacco; this makes it harder for smokers who use caffeine regularly when they want to quit smoking altogether.


Deadlines are stressful. Stress can trigger cravings, which in turn can lead to smoking. If you have a deadline, it’s important to fight the urge with other activities.

You can quit smoking too!

“Smoking is a leading cause of preventable deaths, and it is the single largest driver of health inequalities. In Tower Hamlets, we are committed to tackling health inequalities caused by smoking, reducing the prevalence of smoking and supporting people to quit and to live healthier and happier lives.

We would encourage people who live, work or study in Tower Hamlets who are thinking about quitting to get in touch with Quit Right. You’re three times more likely to quit successfully with expert help. Together, we can make Tower Hamlets a smoke-free community!”

Dr Somen Banerjee

Director of Public Health

Tower Hamlets Council


Smoke-free since 2019


Smoke-free since 2017


Smoke-free since 2019


Smoke-free since 2017

Treaments Available

We’re here to help

After a specialist consultation with one of our advisors, we can help find a treatment option that is right for you; making it even easier to quit smoking and beat the cravings.


E-cigs are a good alternative to beating smoking cigarettes. Switching from smoking to e-cigarette use (vaping) reduces the risks of smoking by at least 95%.


Nicotine Replacement Therapy

Nicotine replacement therapies (NRT), include patches, gum, lozenges, micro tabs, inhalators and nasal sprays to help you quit smoking.