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Smoking Cessation Service urge smokers to ‘make this year your year to quit’


Smoking Cessation Clinics are back

Our Smoking Cessation Service is urging smokers to ‘make 2023 your year to quit’ and highlights the range of supports available from their Specialist Nursing Team.

Michelle Scott, Smoking Cessation Nurse Coordinator with the Western Trust encourages smokers to plan a quit date:

“It’s that time of the year again when everyone starts making their new year’s resolutions. Studies have shown that 70 percent of people who smoke do want to quit. Giving up smoking has huge benefits for both your health and your pocket. Support is available across the Western Trust area. Speak with our Trust Smoking Cessation Specialist Nursing Team, your local pharmacy or GP services. Today just might be the best day to start seriously thinking about quitting.”

Josie Hughes, Western Trust Smoking Cessation Nurse Specialist in the Omagh and Fermanagh area highlights:

“Start thinking about things which have prevented you from successfully stopping smoking for good before. Then plan how you are going to overcome these things and find the motivation to quit for good. We advise clients to take small steps, be accountable for your actions and embrace your desire to stop smoking. Remember, every beginning is difficult, but it gets easier from there on. It is a good idea when cravings arise to recall all those big and little reasons why you wanted to quit smoking in the first place.

Quitting smoking is a marathon rather than a sprint. It is not a one-time attempt, but a longer ongoing effort. You are four times more likely to succeed in stopping smoking if you join a smokefree service like ours which can offer than ongoing specialist support.”

Michelle added:

“The Trust’s Smoking Cessation Specialist Nurse Service offer virtual support by phone and we will be reintroducing our community clinics in the New Year. We provide specialist advice and support and can also prescribe stop smoking medication if required. For further Information contact our dedicated free helpline number on 0800 9179388 and we will support you every step of the way. Make this year your year to quit.”

For resources on helping you quit smoking, visit our Smoking Cessation information page.