QUIT SMOKING CAMPAIGN

The HSE’s QUIT Campaign has entered its second phase with TV and radio
advertising aiming to encourage more and more smokers to turn their
lives around, and QUIT. Early results for the campaign, which began
in June, show exciting and positive responses with many choosing to
get help and support for their Quit attempt online.

There has been a 500% increase in people signing up to the online
Quitplan, which supports and guides people through the quitting
process and is available on quit.ie. The HSE’s ‘You can QUIT’
Facebook page has over 9,000

Likes to date, showing that people are
choosing to share their quitting experience and get support online.
Quit.ie has seen a 280% increase in the number of visits and calls to
the National Smokers’ Quitline 1850 201 203 increased by over 300%
since the QUIT Campaign launched in June.

There are about one million smokers in Ireland and one in every two of
those smokers will die of a tobacco related disease. Smokers have a
greater chance of success if they use supports such as the Quit.ie
website, the National Smokers’ Quitline 1850 201 203, or free HSE
Smoking Cessation Clinics. The HSE are encouraging those who are
thinking about quitting or currently in the process of quitting to get
some support and double their chances of success.

The new TV ads feature real people and the message one in every two of
those smokers will die of a tobacco related disease. While most
people know that smoking is bad for you, very few know just how bad it
is. The campaign tells the real story but also shows how to escape
that frightening statistic. It provides clear signposts on how to
quit, with a range of supports accessible to every smoker.

If you want help to QUIT smoking:-

▪ Call the National Smokers’ on Quitline 1850 201 203;
▪ Visit www.quit.ie;
▪ Join www.facebook.com/HSEquit;
▪ Contact your local HSE smoking cessation counsellor;
▪ Talk to your GP, Pharmacist or Dentist.