Smoking Cessation Team Urge ‘You’ to Quit on No Smoking Day

13/03/2013

Smoking Cessation Team Urge ‘You’ to Quit on No Smoking Day The award winning Western Trust Smoking Cessation Team are encouraging smokers to quit smoking and reap the financial benefits in this year’s theme for No Smoking Day on Wednesday 13 March to ‘SWAP FAGS FOR SWAG’!

Western Trust Smoking Cessation Co-ordinators Mary Campbell and Kathleen McManus along with their health promotion colleagues are providing advice and support in venues across the Western Trust area to encourage people to quit smoking.  Mary Campbell covers the Limavady, Strabane and Derry City Council areas and Kathleen covers Omagh and Fermanagh council areas.

The Smoking Cessation Team has developed an effective evidence-based service for a wide range of people who wish to stop smoking. To ensure access, the team provides interventions in a variety of settings such as hospitals, workplaces, disadvantaged communities, schools and primary care.  They reach a wide range of clients including young adults, unemployed, pregnant women, manual workers, ethnic minorities and those with mental health problems. 

Dr Maura O’Neill, Western Trust’s Health Improvement said: “This year’s No Smoking Day message is on the financial benefits to stopping smoking.  Our smoking cessation Team will be highlighting how quitting smoking will leave you with more money for you and your family throughout the coming year.

Dr O’Neill continued: “No Smoking Day aims to increase awareness about the dangers of smoking and people’s exposure to environmental tobacco smoke and to highlight and promote Stop Smoking Services locally.  I would like to encourage smokers to attend one of the events held throughout the Western Trust area and speak to trained nurses about the help and support available to quit smoking for the benefit of themselves, their families and their pockets”.

Information stands are in place across hospital facilities providing information and advice to service users, visitors and staff on the health benefits of stopping smoking. 

Kathleen McManus, Western Trust’s Smoking Cessation Coordinator along with Diane Kells, Tobacco Enforcement Officer, Fermanagh District Council provided information and advice to students at the South West Regional College (Enniskillen Campus) today. Kathleen in partnership with the local Breathe Easy Group was at Asda, Enniskillen targeting clients with chronic diseases. Kathleen also attended the weekly ‘No Smoking’ clinic at Lakeland Forum, in conjunction with Devenish Neighbourhood Renewal Quit and Get Fit 8 week programme from 6pm to 7pm.

There was a health fair in the main foyer of Altnagelvin Hospital with leaflets, advice and carbon monoxide monitoring for staff, visitors and patients. A workshop about tobacco was also held this week with young people from Clooney Youth Club designing posters to illustrate the harmful effects of tobacco on health and wellbeing.  The healthy lifestyle programme focusing on tobacco, drugs and alcohol, which is presented to over 3,000 Year 9 students every year within the WELB area, was provided this week to students at Omagh High School and St Peter’s College, Derry/Londonderry. No smoking day was also promoted in CKS, Strathroy and Gallows Hill Neighbourhood Renewal Areas with young people from CKS and Gallows Hill designing posters.

Help and support is available to smokers across the Western Trust area from:

  • The Western Trust Stop Smoking Team – Health Improvement Department who provide weekly support clinics by Specialist Stop Smoking Practitioners.
  • Pharmacies 
  • GP services

The free help provided through these specialist services can improve the chance of stopping successfully by up to four times compared to a smoker trying to quit on their own.

Anyone who wants to know more about stopping smoking can call the local helpline on 0800 9179388 where they can speak to a member of the Smoking Cessation Team.