WHO World No Tobacco Day31/05/2022
Today 31st May marks WHO World No Tobacco Day and the Western Trust Smoking cessation team urge smokers to use this day as an opportunity to quit. Following on from ‘Make March your month to quit’ the team want to invite smokers to ‘make any month your month to quit’
Our Smoking Cessation service along with Derry City and Strabane District Council celebrated the 15th anniversary of the introduction of the Northern Ireland Smoking Order which came into force 30th April 2007.
The Western Trust implemented smokefree sites from 12th March 2014. Apart from very limited exemption arrangements, there is no dedicated area to smoke.
For the past 15 years it has been an offence to smoke in any workplace, including vehicles, or in any public space that is substantially enclosed.
In addition new legislation came into effect from 1st February 2022 to further protect children and young people from the dangers of second-hand smoke make it an offence to smoke in a smoke-free private vehicle.
It is also illegal for a retailer to sell either tobacco products or, from 1 February 2022, nicotine inhaling products (including e-cigarettes/ vapes) to anyone under the age of 18. This includes cigarette papers or e-cigarette/ vaping device refill containers and it is an offence for an adult to buy, or try to buy, any tobacco products or, nicotine inhaling products (including e-cigarettes/ vapes) on behalf of someone under the age of 18 (known as proxy purchasing).
Fines can range from £50 to £500. You can find out more information at the following link – click here.
Mayor of Derry and Strabane, Alderman Graham Warke,
“The legislation has dramatically reduced exposure to second hand smoke, particularly in workplaces and on public transport and has also acted as a reminder to the public of the health risks associated with smoking. This is an opportune time for people to who want to cut down or quit for good to seek support which is available to them.”
Colette Rogers, Strategic Lead for Tobacco Control, from the Public Health Agency said
“On this, the 15 year anniversary of the NI Smoking Order, we are encouraging people to consider embarking on a quit attempt and improve their overall health. With the recent introduction of new legislation to protect children from second hand smoke in cars, maybe you’ve already been thinking about trying to quit and this could be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for to set a quit date and quit for good.”
“There is a lot of free professional support available throughout Northern Ireland for those who want to quit and you can find information about your nearest service at www.stopsmokingni.info. We know quitting isn’t easy and it can often take several attempts to be successful, so if you have tried previously, please don’t be discouraged from trying again.”
Michelle Scott, smoking cessation co-ordinator for the Western Trust said
“We are delighted to mark the 15th anniversary of Derry City and Strabane District Council’s smoke free status. At the Western Trust we also promote smoke free and vape free policies within our grounds. Smoking prevalence over the past 15 years has been steadily declining from 24% to 17% in 2019/20 however there are still people who smoke and vape who would like to stop. Support is out there and we would encourage anyone over the age of 12 who would like support or further information to contact our dedicated helpline number on 08009179388.”
“We have on hand a team of dedicated nurse specialists who will help guide you through a tailor made 12 week programme providing support, motivation and stop smoking medication if required. Other points of contact for those wishing to quit are your local G.P or any smoking cessation pharmacy / chemist that offers smoking cessation support.”
For advice on quitting, contact the Western Trust’s Smoking Cessation Service helpline number on 08009179388 where a team of dedicated nurse specialists will help guide you through a tailor made 12 week programme providing support, motivation and stop smoking medication if required.
Other points of contact for those wishing to quit are your local G.P or any smoking cessation pharmacy / chemist that offers smoking cessation support.
Further information and advice on quitting visit www.stopsmokingni.info