Ir­ish Cancer So­ci­ety course to help women stop smok­ing

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Sean O’Rior­dan

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.

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