You can give up smok­ing if you want to

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - LIFESTYLE -

IT is in­ter­est­ing to re­mem­ber how Ire­land has been a pioneer in tack­ling smok­ing, be­ing the first coun­try in the world to in­sti­tute an out­right ban on smok­ing in (all en­closed) work­places on 29 March 2004 un­der the Pub­lic Health (To­bacco) Acts.

I like many one mil­lion other Ir­ish Adults have given up smok­ing. It is now 11 years and count­ing and it feels good. I for­get about it for the most part. I still have lots of friends that smoke and you prob­a­bly do too. Cur­rently 22 par­ent of Ir­ish adults smoke. For 18 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion, it is a daily habit and 4 per­cent do so oc­ca­sion­ally. This works out at 830,000 smok­ers – which is fewer than the num­ber of peo­ple who have quit! This is good news for any smoker–as if they can do it so can you if you want to.

This ar­ti­cle is not in­tended to make smok­ers feel bad. Feel­ing guilty is never the an­swer – rather to em­power and in­spire you give up if you want to, and to mo­ti­vate oth­ers to not start.

There are lots of good rea­sons to quit and or bet­ter, to not start.

Smok­ing is the num­ber one cause of avoid­able death in Ire­land with one in ev­ery two smok­ers ex­pected to die from a to­bacco-re­lated dis­ease. Al­most 6,000 peo­ple in Ire­land die each year each year from the ef­fects of smok­ing and many thou­sands of oth­ers suf­fer from smok­ing-re­lated illness.

CON­SE­QUENCES of Smok­ing

It takes 10 to 15 qual­ity years off your life when we break it down, ev­ery cig­a­rette a smoker smokes, takes 5 and a half min­utes off their life ev­ery 6 and a half sec­onds some­one in the world dies from smok­ing – adding up to 1.5 mil­lion peo­ple a year most smok­ers (83%) re­gret start­ing smok­ing and say they wouldn’t start if they had the choice. (Source HSE)

The HSE also high­lights that about one in five deaths in Ire­land is re­lated to smok­ing. Al­most half of these deaths are con­nected to can­cer while the other half are re­lated to car­dio­vas­cu­lar and res­pi­ra­tory con­di­tions.


Of those that do smoke, the rate is high­est in the 25-34 age bracket and low­est (9%) for the over 75s. Men are more likely than women to smoke with 25% of men and 20% of women smok­ing.

A 2018 HSE sur­vey also found that about one in eight peo­ple (12%) who smoked a year ago have quit since then. Forty five per­cent of those that quit did so through willpower and 37 per­cent through us­ing e-cig­a­rettes (which is only a par­tial so­lu­tion).


While it can be dif­fi­cult to quit, the crav­ings sub­side and the body read­justs af­ter some days. Within a month, a per­son’s lung func­tions improves. There are pow­er­ful health ben­e­fits in line with the above. Your clothes and hair don’t smell. You save money. In my own case, the best thing about not smok­ing, is that there is no lit­tle mon­ster in my head work­ing how when I can have my next cig­a­rette. I guess that is the same with any ad­di­tion – that it takes you from en­joy­ing the present mo­ment. The free­dom of that is price­less.

There are lots of re­sources out there to help you quit. Peo­ple who get help are more likely to suc­ceed. Will power re­ally does work and the more times you try, the more likely you will be to suc­ceed.

If you want to quit, help on how to quit can be found on the HSE’s Quit web­site or by call­ing the Quit Team on Freep­hone 1800 201 203 Calodagh McCumiskey de­signs and de­liv­ers be­spoke well­be­ing at work pro­grammes to grow peo­ple and com­pa­nies. She also of­fers reg­u­lar med­i­ta­tion classes, per­sonal devel­op­ment work­shops and well­be­ing con­sul­ta­tions to help peo­ple thrive

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