Patients and staff from across our three hospitals share their experiences of giving up smoking, or supporting people to give up.

David Kilshaw'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.

Read David's story



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.

Read Joseph's story.


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.

Read Jan's story.



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.

Read James' story.



“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.

Read Harold's story.


“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.

Read Janet's story.



“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.

Read Helen's story.



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.

Read Marc's story.