Patients and staff from across our three hospitals share their experiences of giving up smoking, or supporting people to give up.
'Glimpse of future helped me quit'
Royal Free Hospital patient David Kilshaw reveals how the shock tactics of his stop smoking advisor helped him quit cigarettes for good.
Being smoke free is everybody’s responsibility
As a security officer at the Royal Free Hospital, it is Joseph Ato Conduah’s job to approach people he sees smoking on hospital grounds.
Smoking can be devastating
Jan Brown is a clinical nurse specialist in respiratory medicine at Barnet Hospital. For No Smoking Day 2015, we spoke to her about why she is keen to encourage people to kick the habit.
Inhalers more effective for those who quit
Dr James Goldring is a consultant respiratory physician at the Royal Free London. We spoke to him about the benefits of giving up.
“When I started struggling to breathe I decided I needed to stop smoking.”
Before he quit, Harold King, 65, had been smoking for 49 years and was getting through 40-50 cigarettes a day.
“I am stronger than I thought.”
Janet Peynado decided to give up smoking two months ago while recovering from breast reconstructive surgery at the Royal Free Hospital.
“I couldn’t have done it without her help.”
Helen James, a minimum data set co-ordinator at the Royal Free London, gave up smoking in October 2014 with the help of the stop smoking service.
Quitting is a good idea for people with HIV
Dr Marc Lipman, a consultant in respiratory and HIV medicine at the Royal Free London, talks about the problems caused by smoking and why quitting is such a good idea for people with HIV.
‘The NHS has saved my life again and again’