Improving your health

How are you?

There is only One You - lifestyles can be more unhealthy than we think, so start the fight back to a healthier you by taking the One You quiz and see how you score.

Stopping smoking

Smoking is one of the main causes of death in Thurrock – 1 in every 2 long-term smokers die early because of smoking.

Smoking can increase the risk of death from cancer. It causes:

  • illness
  • disability
  • heart disease
  • lung disease

To reduce these risks, you must stop smoking. The benefits of giving up smoking include:

  • reduced risk of lung cancer, heart disease and other lung disease
  • reduced risk of disability and illness caused by smoking
  • keep others from being exposed to second hand smoke
  • your food will taste better
  • you will reduce the chances of your children suffering from bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma attacks, meningitis and ear infections
  • you will improve your fertility levels and your chance of a healthy pregnancy and baby
  • you will improve your breathing and fitness

Research tells us that two-thirds of smokers say they want to stop.

Where to get help

You can get help to stop smoking by phoning Thurrock Healthy Lifestyle Service, who can arrange an appointment with a Stop Smoking Adviser either at your local GP practice or at a venue in one of the towns listed below.

Day Town Time
Monday South Ockendon Afternoon
Monday Grays Evening
Tuesday Stifford Clays Morning
Tuesday Stanford-le-Hope Afternoon
Tuesday Grays Evening
Wednesday Stanford-le-Hope Morning
Wednesday Tilbury Afternoon
Thursday Grays Morning
Thursday Grays Afternoon
Thursday South Ockendon Afternoon
Friday Grays Morning

There are a number of other ways you can get information and support to stop smoking:

Our strategy

Download our strategy for prevention, treatment and tobacco control to reduce smoking in Thurrock.