Smoking cessation



Nearly one million (991,025) smokers reside in London, this equates to over 15 per cent of all of England’s smokers. Smoking is the primary reason for the gap in life expectancy between those in the most deprived quintile and those in the least deprived quintile.

In London a regional approach to smoking cessation through the London Smoking Cessation Transformation Programme (LSCTP) is facilitated by ADPH London.

The London Smoking Transformation Programme (LSCTP).

The LSCTP was established in 2016 following sector-led improvement work and a literature review that identified significant potential and interest amongst London boroughs to work together to explore new innovative approaches to help smoker’s access services and to successfully quit.

The LSCTP vision is to change smoking behaviours and encourage more quit attempts among the general population to support London to become the first smoke free city in England by 2029.

The LSCTP is a shared commitment by London DsPH to provide an integrated system that supports Londoners to stop smoking under a unified brand “Stop Smoking London”.

The Programme is agile, and user driven and works with key partners to encourage London’s smokers to embark on a quit journey that best suits their needs and lifestyles.

The Programme is committed to research, evaluation and development. A robust monitoring of the London commissioning landscape, sector innovation and user experience across the service is a key component. In addition, an evaluation framework to assess the Programme impact has been developed and implemented in association with UCL.

The Programme delivers participating boroughs continued economies of scale through collaborative commissioning of a mass public advertising campaign alongside digital and remote (e.g. telephone, text, email) Stop Smoking London services.

The LSCTP is an integral and long-term component of an emerging London smoke free partnership and the London smoking cessation system.

LCSTP Information and Updates.

The LSCTP produces a bi-monthly update for Programme stakeholders, to receive this by email please send a request to:

Stop Smoking London 2021-22 Annual Report

March 2022 LSCTP news update

January 2022 LSCTP news update

November 2021 LSCTP news update

October 2021 LSCTP news update

March 2021 LSCTP news update

December 2020 LSCTP news update

October 2020 LSCTP news update

July 2020 LSCTP news update

LSCTP Frequently asked questions

Earlier LSCTP updates and information can be viewed in the archive section below.

LSCTP contact e-mail:
Follow us on Twitter: @StopSmokingLon


Stop Smoking London is the public facing identity of the LSCTP. Stop Smoking London has an ambition to use its profile to raise public awareness of the benefits of quitting and act as the entry point into accessible local and regional support.

1.Stop Smoking London advertising campaigns and resources.

In 2020, Stop Smoking London launched the “Time To Quit” campaign to support Londoners to access a local or regional stop smoking care pathway during the emerging COVID-19 pandemic. This campaign, as with previous Stop Smoking London campaigns, sees the NHS as a supporting partner.  Message carries are mainly data-driven mobile display, digital advertising and hospital and community pharmacy.

The Stop Smoking London catalogue of campaign resources for local use can be found here.

Stop Smoking London resources designed to support  colleagues in your organisation who’d like to quit smoking can be found here.

2. Stop Smoking London website:

The Stop Smoking London website functions include an improved directory of London borough Stop Smoking Services to ensure a timely and clear pathway into existing local stop smoking support available in London.

The website also includes access to information, tools, support for London smokers considering their quit journey and includes the option to request a call back from a specialist smoking health advisor. For participating boroughs with existing provision to handle these calls the call back is sent directly to the local stop smoking service for follow up. In cases where the provision is not available locally, the call back request and further support is handled by the specialist smoking cessation advisors on the Stop Smoking London helpline.

The Stop Smoking London website is available in English, Polish, Turkish, Romanian and Urdu.  All are available with the accessible “Read Aloud” option.

3. Stop Smoking London helpline: 0300 123 1044.

The bespoke London extension to the NHS Smoke Free helpline offers a proactive behavioural  telephone support package for London callers including pregnant smokers. The helpline is available seven days a week and at the following times:

• Monday to Fridays – 9am to 8pm
• Saturday and Sunday – 11am – 4pm

4. Stop Smoking London text message service.

Receiving motivational text messages may help to keep smokers on track as they quit. Stop Smoking London has a tailored package of text messages to provide the information, support, motivation, and reminders that can help Londoners to successfully stop smoking for good.

This remote service is available in English, Polish, Turkish, Romanian and Urdu.

5. Stop Smoking London local partnerships and pilots.

The Programme works with local areas to develop exciting new collaboration to trial and evaluate different models of engagement at local level to meet the needs of identified local smoker populations. This approach is also used to enhance Programme learning and inform future developments to Stop Smoking London advertising campaigns and service delivery.

To find out more: Stop Smoking London Partnerships Information Pack

Find out more about the Stop Smoking London telephone behavioural support and vaping pilot.

Stop Smoking London e-mail:

Context specific COVID-19 and smoking cessation information.

The following information from the LSCTP is now available:


MECC Link for London was launched in 2020 by PHE London in partnership with ADPH London.

MECC Link is a simple online tool designed to provide health care professionals with resources to promote the wellbeing and resilience of their clients. The website provides easily accessible information on key healthy lifestyle topics, Very Brief Intervention (VBI) support based on suggested open questions using the Ask, Assist, Act model and information on a range of primary self-care tools and resources.

MECC Link also includes signposting information to a wide range of national and local health and wellbeing services, including stop smoking services, all in one place. Local ‘front door’ support services are listed for all 33 London boroughs covering not only stop smoking but also mental health, substance misuse, COVID 19, healthy diet and healthy weight and physical activity.

Visit the website at

MECC Link London team email:


LSCTP archive news updates.

January 2020 LSCTP news update

November 2019 LSCTP news update

September 2019 LSCTP news update

July 2019 LSCTP news update

May 2019 LSCTP news update

February 2019 LSCTP news update

January 2019 LSCTP update

October/November 2018 LSCTP news update

September 2018 LSCTP news update

August 2018 LSCTP news update

LSCTP archive further information.

LSCTP programme journey and way forward 2018_19

Rapid Review of Channel Shift in SSS – 2016  – This rapid review, undertaken in 2016, explores alternative channels of delivering stop smoking services (telephone, online and via digital apps) and specifically examines the evidence of effectiveness and cost effectiveness of these alternative delivery channels.

Smoking Cessation & Tobacco Poster In the summer of 2016 ADPH London created a poster presentation for the PHE Public Health Conference on ADPH London’s Sector Led improvement Programme in relation to Smoking Cessation and Tobacco Control.

The poster gives a snapshot of the project tasks, outcomes and the next steps for London.