Stop Smoking

The Stop Smoking Service assists individuals who wish to stop smoking through adopting a non-judgemental, supportive, empathetic and flexible approach. This service is provided within primary and secondary care, workplaces, schools and community/voluntary sector to include young adults, expectant mothers, partners, family, disadvantaged adults and manual workers.

The Stop Smoking Team liaise with relevant hospital and community based health care professionals, statutory, voluntary, community and private sectors in order to build strong, local partnerships. Together, this team works towards providing the most effective, evidence based stop smoking interventions for the public by providing intensive behavioural support for smokers who want to quit.

The Western Trust campuses became a complete smoke-free zone from the 12th March 2014. From this date forward, smoking is not permitted anywhere on the hospital grounds (i.e. entrances, doorways, walkways, internal roads, bus shelters, car parks, cars, bicycle shelters etc).  

The introduction of this new smokefree policy, which was officially launched by Peter Hutton, is in-keeping with the Trust ethos as a Health Promoting organisation. The policy applies to all staff, patients, visitors, contractors and anyone who enters the Trusts hospitals, buildings and grounds. This will ensure a healthier, cleaner and pleasant environment for all and promote better health outcomes for our patients and service users. Overall this new smokefree policy has received widespread support from Trust employees, service users and the public

Coming into hospital? 

If you are a smoker who is due to come into hospital, stopping weeks or if possible months before your stay will help your recovery. Speak to a member of your health care team who will assist you and refer you on to our stop smoking team.

Trying to quit smoking?

  • More people succeed with our Specialist Stop Smoking service than with any other way.  Our service offers a free and flexible service to anyone who is keen to stop smoking provided by Specialist Stop Smoking practitioners
  • Most smokers underestimate the effectiveness of professional help. You are up to four times more likely to stop smoking with help
  • The harmful effects of smoking are well known and include cancer, heart disease and lung disease. Smoking also has serious implications for childrens’ / babies health
  • Did you know within 24 hrs of stopping, a smoker’s blood pressure and lungs will already be showing signs of improvement
  • Did you know every cigarette contains over 4,000 chemicals including cyanide and arsenic – around 60 of which are known to cause cancer
  • Did You Know Smoking 20 cigarettes a day for a year is equivalent to approximately £2,200
  • The sooner you stop, the sooner your health will start to improve.

Find out more about the latest local smoking cessation initiatives:

For more information contact:

Mary Campbell, Smoking Cessation Specialist / Coordinator for Limavady, Derry and Strabane 
Kathleen McManus, Smoking Cessation Specialist / Coordinator for Omagh and Fermanagh
Louise Kitson, Mental Health Stop Smoking Nurse