Irish Cancer Society course to help women stop smoking
A 12-week smoking cessation course is being organised by the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) for women who want to kick the habit once and for all.
ICS has launched the latest round of what is emerging as a fairly successful free course, We Can Quit.
Recent analyses show around half of the total participants in the overall programme had quit smoking at the end of the 12-week programme.
Women from the Mallow, Mayfield, Ballyphehane and Togher areas are invited to sign up for the We Can Quit programme.
Odharnait Uí Bhuachalla, ICS community cancer prevention officer, said the programme has gone from strength to strength since it was set up in 2013.
“Over the last four years, approximately 300 women from Dublin and Cork have completed the 12-week course and, more importantly, our analysis of the programme and its ‘quit’ rate shows that it has very real and tangible results,” Ms Uí Bhuachalla.
“Giving up smoking is hard and a huge challenge for people, but We Can Quit offers women support and encouragement to get through it.
“Women today often lead very busy lives with many commitments and responsibilities but through the programme, they can access a friendly and supportive network of like- minded women who really understand what they are going through.”
Ms Uí Bhuachalla said 62 women in Cork have successfully completed the programme, many of whom still meet up to offer each other support.
“So we know the format works.
“There are many women across the three areas who have managed to successfully quit smoking as a result of the initiative and we look forward to welcoming more women to our next round of courses, and seeing them graduate at the end of it.”
She said We Can Quit is open to all female smokers living in the Mallow, Mayfield, Ballyphehane and Togher and surrounding areas, who are over the age of 18 years and are interested in quitting smoking.
The programme is commencing in the following areas:
Ballyphehane/Togher CDP, Friars Walk, Cork (commencing Wednesday 20 and Thursday, September 21, at 7pm.
Le Cheile Family Resource Centre, Mallow. Commencing Wednesday, September 13 ,at 7pm.
Lotamore House, Lotamore Family Resource Centre, 20 Lotamore Park, Mayf ield: Commencing Monday, September 18 at 7pm.