Stoptober 2018

We will be launching Stoptober in Berkshire and our team of stop smoking advisors will be working across the area to encourage locals to join the 28 day challenge to quit smoking.

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Steps4YourHealth: Smoke Free Diabetes

Unique new programme motivates people with diabetes to stop smoking through combined quit support and educational self-empowerment sessions

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Case Study: YooQuit Care: Helping mental healthcare staff to encourage smokers to quit.

30th March 2015

Our YooQuit Care online interactive platform is currently being used in the Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust (BHFT) as part of their initiative to become a smokefree organisation by 2015.

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Our Berkshire Stop Smoking Service has been featured in the Public Service Transformation Network

19th January 2015

We are pleased that our Berkshire Smokefreelife service has been featured in a case study by the Department of Communities and Local Government in their Public Service Transformation Network, showing how Local Authorities in Berkshire have collaborated to deliver a successful evidence based stop smoking service under one umbrella while catering to each authorities’ demographic population.

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Smokefreelife Berkshire wins BHF's No Smoking Day Organiser of the Year Award

4th December 2014

The Berkshire wide stop smoking service has been recognised by the BHF for helping an entire family to quit smoking earlier this year during their No Smoking Day Campaign.

Smokefreelife Berkshire has been placed runner-up for Best Photo in the No Smoking Day Organiser of the Year Award. The following photo, entered in the competition shows the ‘Slade’ family, Judy Slade, Paul Slade, Natasha Slade and Chris Byrne who quit smoking after 12 weeks of tailored support.

Judy Slade explained: “I was the first to quit, but soon after my brother, sister-in-law and son joined me. Every Saturday, we’d go in together to get support. I’m extremely proud of my family for making the commitment and sticking to it.”

Saleen Ahmed-Khan, Berkshire Health Improvement Manager, said: “Smokefreelife Berkshire organised and promoted No Smoking Day across the county.”

“We are extremely proud to receive this recognition from the British Heart Foundation, as our aim has always been to engage in innovative ways with all communities, and offer an excellent service throughout their quit period, and celebrate their success. This is what was captured in our photo with our Advisor Aga Kaplon and the Slade family.”

Smokefreelife Berkshire will be supporting No Smoking Day 2015 which will be held on 11 March. Next year’s theme is ‘Proud to be a Quitter’ which will highlight the success of ex-smokers and their motivations for quitting.

For free support to quit smoking contact a stop smoking advisor on 0800 622 6360 or text QUIT to 66777. For the locations of your nearest clinics visit www.smokefreelifeberkshire.co.uk

Smokefreelife Berkshire launches "Stop before the Op" campaign for smokers in Berkshire awaiting elective surgery

5th August 2014

"Stop before the Op" campaign lets smokers know that giving up smoking can speed up their recovery post-surgery.

Click below for the local press releases and download the flyer here.

Bracknell
Reading
Slough
West Berkshire
Windsor and Maidenhead
Wokingham

Smoking Cessation Conference

4th March 2014

Healthcare Conferences UK will be holding a conference on Smoking Cessation in Mental Health: Improving the Physical Health of People with Mental Health Conditions Conference and Exhibition on Friday 23 May 2014 at the Hallam Conference Centre in London.

Follow the link to book a place for the conference and follow this event on Twitter using the hashtag #SmokeFreeMental. See the full brochure here: Smoking Cessation in Mental Health Brochure

Part­time smokers in denial about triple heart death risk

24th February 2014

Part-time smokers in denial about triple heart death risk Nation’s 1.1 million ‘part-time’ smokers’ put lives on the line, say British Heart Foundation The majority of part-time and social smokers are oblivious to the fact they could be tripling their risk of dying from heart disease, according to a stark warning from the British Heart Foundation (BHF) in the lead-up to No Smoking Day (12th March).

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Youngster wins stop smoking poster competition

17th February 2014

A creative youngster showed off her art skills and won first prize for her stop smoking poster.

Aditi Banerjee, eight, won the prize as part of a competition organised by Smokefreelife Berkshire.

The pupil of Ryvers Primary School in Langley came top in the competition with her poster, which warns of the impact smoking can have.

Grandmother Dolly Bhaskaran said: "I felt very proud when I saw my little girl hopping and going to collect the award. It was a surprise for me and her. We knew she won something. But we did not know that she won first prize."

Judge Dr Lisa McNally, Stop Smoking lead for Berkshire, said: "Aditi's poster invites us to look into the future. She contrasts a happy, healthy life with the illness and sadness that smoking so often brings. The poster also reminds us that we are in control and that it's up to us to make a choice about smoking."

The competition took place in Reading on Tuesday, January 28.

Smokefreelife Berkshire’s Save the Smoker Campaign

Well done to those who have signed up to quit smoking for good in 2014. Take a look at these pictures of Smokefreelife Berkshire’s Zumba Session at Artemis Studios in Bracknell. It’s not too late to sign-up!

2014 NICE Annual Conference

The NICE Annual Conference 2014 will provide the support and tools you need to provide high quality care. From best practice case studies and essential updates on the latest guidance and standards from NICE, to panel discussions with leaders in health and social care: the NICE Annual Conference 2014 will enable you to achieve your resolutions.

Ensure 2014 will be a year of better quality care by enhancing your knowledge and skills. Take a look at the full programme online.

Confirmed Speakers Include:

  • Lord Howe, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Quality
  • Liz Kendall MP, Shadow Minister for Care and Older People
  • Sir Andrew Dillon, Chief Executive, NICE
  • Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, Care Quality Commission
  • Dr Maureen Baker, Chair, RCGP
  • Paul Farmer, Chief Executive, Mind
  • Professor Michael Dixon, President, NHS Clinical Commissioners
  • Annie Hudson, Chief Executive, The College of Social Work
  • Stephen Whitehead, Chief Executive, ABPI
  • Carol Blount, NHS Partnership Director, ABPI

2014 Stop smoking campaign materials

6th January 2014

New year is a great time to decide to quit smoking and Smokefreelife Berkshire is doing loads to help. Take a look at the promotional posters for our free upcoming events:

Free Classes: Aerobic/Circuit training
Free session of 5-a-side Football
Free classes: SALSA dancing
Free Zumba Classes

Berkshire Smokers get Special Help to QUIT on No Smoking Day

20th March 2013

Stop-Smoking experts in Berkshire are planning extra high profile activities to help get the message across and recruit more would-be quitters on national No Smoking Day, March 13.

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Giant Ciggy stalks the Oracle ...

13th March 2013

A giant cigarette - it’s enough to make you want to stop smoking – well, that’s the general idea!

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Charity Crimestoppers asks what is the real cost of cheap tobacco?

11th March 2013

The independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers this week launches a new campaign in Thames Valley to tackle the issue of illegal tobacco.

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