The Bangladeshi Stop Tobacco Project is a community based project that has been established for more than a decade. The projects objective is to raises awareness around the health risks of tobacco use in the form of smoking cigarette and chewing tobacco in paan alongside areca nut. Currently in Tower Hamlets approximately 50% of women chew tobacco. Tobacco usage amongst the Bangladeshi ethnic group is one of the highest rates in UK.
Within the Bangladeshi community chewing tobacco is perceived as the norm and is embedded within the culture for many years. There are many underlying reasons why people use tobacco; from addiction to socialising. Tobacco use has detrimental health effects in particularly lung cancer amongst smokers and oral cancer amongst chewers. Our aim is to tackle those issues through education and by providing support on their journey to quit.
BSTP offer a friendly and quality service to all their clients. They prescribe Nicotine Replacement Therapy and motivational support as part of tobacco cessation treatment. They can provide group health workshops to home visits in the comfort of their own homes.
Patients are able to self-refer by phoning the following helpline telephone number 0207 882 8669