People's History of the NHS


Cigarette Smoking and the NHS

The NHS as the central institution of health care provision in Britain has played an important role in providing information, disseminating health advice and supplying treatment therapies for both smokers and non-smokers since the late 1950s. NHS Hospital care, GP practice and neonatal services have played important roles in informing the public about smoking and its effects on cancer, heart disease, stroke and the unborn infant with national campaigns dedicated to providing information, motivation and support. Yet the recent rise of the e-cigarette and calls to include e-cigarettes on the NHS as another quitting therapy has complicated public health initiatives towards smoking and the health impacts of nicotine addiction itself.

2 thoughts on “Smoking at Work, 1987

  1. I smoked for about 25 years and finally I got tired of it and decided to quit on 4 different occasions finally on the fourth time I took chantix and it helped me tremendously and I did quit. I did tell myself that if there was a stressful moment in my life that I had to continue to not smoke that was my downfall, if there was something stressful in my life I would automaticly pull in to the store and get a pack of cigs and start smoking but, not this time I noticed things that could potently set me off to smoke and that helped me to continue to keep on track and not smoke. It was very hard but now I am into about 5 years of not smoking.

    1. Hi, thanks for sharing this! Well done on quitting, it is incredibly difficult and, as you can see on this gallery, the tools available to help smokers quit have varied and grown a lot even over the last couple of decades! Would you consider signing up for free on our website, so that you can share your story of how you quit smoking at It’s really useful for us to think about which historical approaches best helped people, how this changed over time, etc. All the best, Jenny

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