first_imgThe HSE Donegal Smoking Cessation Service has said that people in Donegal are 10 times more likely to quit smoking with the help of the free HSE face to face service.Best practice indicates the most successful way to quit smoking is by using evidence based treatment, such as Nicotine Replacement Therapy or Champix and behavioural support such as that offered by the Donegal Smoking Cessation Service so therefore anyone who signs up is giving themselves the best chance of quitting.Most tobacco users (70 %+) want to quit and most make between 5 and 10 quit attempts, if trying by themselves, before they are successful. Speaking this week Fiona Boyle, Smoking Cessation Advisor said they currently host 13 free clinics in various locations throughout Donegal to allow for easy access for anyone wishing to quit smoking.“Most of the clinics are located either in Primary Care Centres or Community Hospitals and clients can refer themselves or be referred by their Healthcare Professional. We often find that an individual might quit tobacco with our service and as a result of their success other family members or friends will then join, in fact 20% of our referrals have heard about us through their family or friends.“The programme consists of fortnightly appointments, with weekly phone calls in between, until the client is ready to quit tobacco. Following their quit day clients are seen regularly in the clinic and are offered appointments for up to one year after quitting,” she said.The following are the three main reasons why people continue to use tobacco: Addiction – The addictive nature of tobacco is discussed with each client and an assessment of their individual addiction is carried out. All the evidence based treatments are discussed and the most appropriate one for the client is chosen in consultation with them.Habit – The habitual nature of tobacco is discussed with each client and an assessment of their individual triggers is carried out. Clients are supported to look at alternatives to their normal routines in regard to smoking.Emotions – The emotional nature of tobacco is discussed with each client and alternative methods of coping are looked at.‘Tobacco use is the number one preventable cause of illness and premature death with 15 families losing a loved one to tobacco each day in Ireland.Also, there is no safe level of second hand smoke exposure which is why the HSE in Donegal has introduced the Tobacco Free Campus Policy in all Primary Care Centres and Community Hospitals since 1st June. The policy is helping to change social norms around tobacco use, treating tobacco addiction as a healthcare issue, and promoting smoking cessation by actively advising, encouraging and supporting people to quit smoking’.Fiona went on to confirm that recent figures show that ‘tobacco use is at its lowest level ever in Ireland with 19.5% of the over 15yrs old population currently using tobacco (21.6% of men and 17.6% women).“We know that there are a number of policies that are effective against the current tobacco epidemic. These include raised taxes, advertising bans, tobacco free policies and providing support for tobacco users who would like to quit. Our intensive face to face service is free and confidential to anyone who would like to quit tobacco, and we currently have 40% of our clients quit at one year which is an excellent achievement by international standards’.If you would like to find out more information regarding the 13 free face to face clinics in Donegal you can contact Fiona on 087 2514790 or Catherine on 086 0492465. The current clinic locations are in Buncrana, Carndonagh, Carrigart, Donegal Town, Dungloe, Falcarragh, Killybegs, Letterkenny, Letterkenny evening, Lifford and Stranorlar.You can also speak to your local GP, Practice Nurse of Pharmacist.Help is also available with the national QUIT support team on 1800 201 203 or IN DONEGAL TEN TIMES MORE LIKELY TO QUIT SMOKING WITH HELP was last modified: September 5th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalHSEquittingSMOKINGlast_img read more

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