HSE urges Limerick smokers to quit

Eugene Phelan

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Eugene Phelan

The HSE has launched a new QUIT service to help smokers give up cigarettes
THE Health Service Execuitve is encouraging smokers in Limerick who are trying to give up cigarettes contact it’s now QUIT suport service.

THE Health Service Execuitve is encouraging smokers in Limerick who are trying to give up cigarettes contact it’s now QUIT suport service.

The HSE says smokers are twice as likely to quit for good with the support of the new service, which is delivered online on the phone, via social media, email and SMS.

Launching the new service, Dr Stephanie O’Keeffe, national director for health and wellbeing, said: “One in every two smokers will die of a tobacco-related disease, and over 5,000 families will lose a loved one this year due to tobacco. The number of smokers in Ireland has dropped once again in 2014, but we want to help even more smokers to quit. Our new QUIT service is built on our years of experience and the success we’ve had in supporting people to make that positive change in their own lives, and become tobacco-free.”

The Minister for Health Leo Varadkar added: “Quitting smoking is the best thing you can do to improve your health and avoid chronic disease and premature death. The Government is here to help and polices such as advertising bans, the ban on smoking in work places, education campaigns, removing tobacco items from display and plain packaging all help to reduce the numbers of people who smoke. People trying to give up are not alone and those who use the HSE’s QUIT service are twice as likely to succeed as those who try to do it alone”.

The new QUIT service is available to smokers free of charge.