If you or a loved one smokes and wants to quit, this is the perfect time to do it. We have launched the latest Quit Smoking campaign this month and we want everyone to know that there is support available free of charge that will double your chances of making a successful quit attempt www.quit.ie.
Our new campaign was developed closely with people who smoke, including some who work in the health service. They told us that quitting smoking can seem like an overwhelming challenge and one that people want to do but is often put on the long finger.
The good news is that if you quit smoking for 28 days, you are 5 times more likely to quit for good. So this year, we want to those who smoke to take up the challenge of quitting for 28 days and hopefully make their next attempt to stop smoking their last.
The people we spoke to also told us that when they have tried to quit in the past they have often tried to go it alone. This makes it harder to succeed. The best thing you can to increase your chances of success is to get help.
The HSE Quit Team is there to help you every step of the way. They provide free, non-judgemental, practical help, designed to fit each person’s lifestyle. Our stop smoking advisors are ready to coach anyone who wants to quit. You can choose to get support over the phone, by email, text or a combination. You can also choose to meet with a stop smoking advisor face to face or join a group of people trying to quit together. The Quit Team can send you a Quit Kit which lots of tools to help you quit. Check with your manager and/or local Healthy Ireland representative. Some CHOs and Hospital groups are offering free or reduced cost nicotine replacement therapies to help you over the initial 6 or 8 weeks.
Cravings, which are strongest early in the quit attempt, can be a common reason that people slip up. Getting tools and tips to deal with cravings, and practical advice about how to use Nicotine Replacement Therapies like gum or patches can really help. Even if you’ve used NRT products in the past don’t be afraid to try it again. You may not have been using the product correctly or enough of it the first time. Don’t be afraid that you are ‘feeding the nicotine’ addiction. The nicotine in these medications is a much smaller dose and designed to be just enough to curb the negative withdrawal symptoms and reduced over a 3 month period. The Quit Team can talk you through all the different options.
The new TV and radio ads feature people who smoke talking about smoking and quitting. You will see our new adverts on TV, radio and online, as well as social media.
The TV advert takes excuses to keep smoking and contrasts these with the harms of smoking to people who smoke, their families and loved ones. The campaign also highlights people’s many motivations to quit and shows the best steps a smoker, and their community can take to make a successful quit attempt.
This campaign encourages smokers to make a quit attempt with the right help. It also calls on all of us to support the people who smoke in our lives to quit. Quitting can be hard and having the support of friends, family and colleagues can make a big difference. There is lots of information on Quit.ie about how you can support someone in your life to quit.