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Harrow Council Budget Consultation 2017/18 - Ending the Smoking Cessation Service


Proposal: Ending the Smoking Cessation Service

Harrow’s Smoking Cessation Service provides support for people who want to stop smoking and for organisations that help people to stop smoking.

Smoking across the UK accounts for more premature deaths than alcoholism, obesity and road traffic accidents combined. Harrow’s Service is accredited by the National Centre for Smoking Cessation Training and uses the most effective evidence-based methods to help Harrow residents stop smoking. It has helped 1,751 people successfully quit smoking since April 2013.

The Council proposes to end the following Smoking Cessation programmes:

  • Commissioned and Specialist Stop Smoking Services
  • Training on Tobacco and Smoking Cessation
  • Campaigns to raise awareness of the harm of smoking; to promote attempts to quit smoking; and to stop young people from smoking
  • Stop Smoking expertise for businesses, professionals and partners
  • Work to tackle the proliferation of illegal tobacco and the growth of shisha

As a result, there would be no stop smoking service provided locally and the saving from this would be £279,000. People wishing to find help to stop smoking would need to find alternative resources either through GPs, who are able (if willing) to provide advice, support and prescriptions; through Pharmacies, who are able (if willing) to provide advice, support and over-the-counter drugs; or through national, charitable or commercial stop-smoking resources.

The Stop Smoking team is made up of the following posts:

  • 2 Smoking Cessation Practitioners
  • 1 Co-ordinator
  • 1 As-and-when Smoking Cessation Practitioner

These post holders will potentially be at risk of redundancy. The Council’s Protocol for the Management of Change will be used in managing the change around removing these posts. Opportunities for suitable redeployment will be sought for all individuals in these posts.


There will be focus group meetings on:

Monday 12th Sept – 2.30pm – 3.30 pm   Civic Centre, Committee rooms 1&2  

Wednesday 21st Sept – 10.30 am – 11.30 am  Civic Centre, Committee room 3

Tuesday 27th September – 6pm – 7pm  Civic Centre, Committee rooms 1&2 

For further detail please email PublicHealth@harrow.gov.uk 

You may now respond to this consultation

Consultation Summary

NameHarrow Council Budget Consultation 2017/18
DescriptionService Consultation Asking for public views on proposed changes to the Smoking Cessation Service.
DatesFrom 7 Sep 2016 at 00:00 to 3 Nov 2016 at 23:59.
Consultation TopicPublic Health

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