Swords women cel­e­brate af­ter bin­ning the cigs

Fingal Independent - - NEWS -

A group of women from Swords are now cel­e­brat­ing af­ter com­plet­ing a free pro­gramme called ‘We Can Quit’ which aims to help women quit smok­ing to­gether.

In to­tal, nine women from the area suc­cess­fully com­pleted the course, held in the River­val­ley Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, and 5 women have com­pletely quit smok­ing. The women com­menced the free 12-week pro­gramme in Jan­uary. They at­tended weekly group ses­sions and one to one sup­port meet­ings as well as re­ceiv­ing 12 weeks of Nico­tine Re­place­ment Ther­apy (NRT) to the value of €450 free of charge. The pro­gramme was open to fe­male smok­ers over the age of 18 years and liv­ing in the Swords area.

Rachel Burke, Com­mu­nity Cancer Preven­tion Of­fi­cer at the Ir­ish Cancer So­ci­ety said: “We would like to con­grat­u­late all of the lo­cal women who have com­pleted We Can Quit – it is a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment which will have a pos­i­tive im­pact on their lives, and those of their fam­i­lies. “

“We Can Quit of­fers women sup­port to take on and suc­ceed on their quit­ting jour­ney. Through the pro­gramme, women can ac­cess a friendly and sup­port­ive network of like-minded women who re­ally un­der­stand what they are go­ing through. To­gether, the women in We Can Quit help each other to quit smok­ing for good.”

We Can Quit is an ini­tia­tive of the Ir­ish Cancer So­ci­ety and is run in con­junc­tion with the HSE, Blan­chard­stown Area Part­ner­ship and River­val­ley Phar­macy.

To find out more about We Can Quit or to reg­is­ter your in­ter­est for the next course, visit the Ir­ish Cancer So­ci­ety’s web­site www.cancer.ie/we-can-quit or con­tact Rachel Burke rburke@irish­cancer.ie or call 01 2316669.

Pic­tured at the grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony in Swords were the suc­cess­ful We Can Quit par­tic­i­pants (left to right) Hazel Ke­hoe, Anne Free­man, Au­drey O’Fla­herty, Geral­dine Kane,

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