PSYCHOLOGY students are showing how a bit of positive peer pressure can help fellow undergraduates quit smoking in a scheme which is the first of its kind in London.
Volunteers from Thames Valley University (TVU) have been trained as smoking cessation advisors and man a clinic at their campus in St Mary's Road, Ealing three times a week.
They offer free, confidential advice on everything from medication to dealing with stress. The eleven volunteers have been trained by the Ealing Stop Smoking Service run by the borough's primary care trust (PCT).
Pauline Fox, Health Psychologist and Principal Psychology Lecturer at TVU, said: “We're very proud to be working with Ealing Stop Smoking Service to give students the support so they don’t need to go it alone. Students are four times more likely to stop smoking if they use our service and, as Student Advisors can recommend stop smoking medication at prescription rates, they can do it on a tight budget.”
Student stop smoking advisor Caroline Lafarge, said: “As a student myself I understand how stressful exams can be and what it's like being away from home for the first time, so to quit smoking can be a big challenge. When a student comes to see me and wants to give up smoking I ask them about their smoking behaviour history, I take a carbon monoxide reading from a detector and set a quit date.”