Swords women celebrate after binning the cigs
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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,